My plan is to transition into funeral service so I can provide for my family

Cecilia Barabara Shaffer

DEERFIELD, ILL. — July 6, 2016 — Selected Independent Funeral Homes’ Educational Trust has announced two new recipients of the Second-Career Scholarship in the amount of $1,500 each. The winners are Cecelia Barbara Shaffer of Winston-Salem, NC and Justin D. Miller of Monroe, MI. The scholarship was created to meet the educational needs of the increasing number of second-career professionals entering independent funeral service seeking positions as funeral directors and future leaders.
Shaffer is enrolled in the Funeral Services Program at Fayetteville Technical Community College in Fayetteville, NC and Miller attends Wayne State University Mortuary Science Program in Detroit, MI. Shaffer is scheduled to graduate in the Fall 2017 and Miller in August, 2016.
Ms. Shaffer’s first job in NC was working as a sworn law enforcement officer for the Winston-Salem Police Department and was eventually promoted to the rank of Corporal. “While working I met an individual who had a similar situation (supporting a family and working multiple part time jobs), but he left law enforcement and got into the funeral service business,” Shaffer added.
She enrolled in Fayetteville Technical Community College in fall 2013 semester, but as the sole support for her family has had to balance full time employment, off duty work, and her educational pursuit on her journey to become a Funeral Director.
“My plan is to complete the lab portion of my education and then transition into funeral service as the best option so I can still provide for my family.”