Have Been Able to Further My Education

Michael Smith of White Pigeon, MI was awarded the Selected Independent Funeral Homes’ Educational Trust’s Second-Career Scholarship on August 10, 2011. $1,500 was paid toward his funeral service education.

Smith, who began studying to become a funeral director in 2009, is currently attending Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, IL. Having been personally affected by the current economic crisis, Smith understands the importance of family businesses.

“First and foremost, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Selected Independent Funeral Home Educational Trust for the confidence they have placed in me,” Smith said. “By awarding me this distinguished honor, I have been able to further my education, and, having chosen the funeral profession as my second career, will use my life experiences to develop an enhanced sense of devotion, compassion and maturity, which I feel are essential to better meet the needs and expectations of bereaved families.”

Smith recently completed a twelve-month internship at the Farrand Funeral Home in White Pigeon, MI, and has worked at N.H. Scott & Hanekamp Funeral Home in Glenview, IL, as a student employee. Upon completion of his studies, Smith hopes to demonstrate the values and traditions that were passed on to him by the funeral directors with whom he has worked.