Ted Edwards of Edmond, OK was awarded the Selected Independent Funeral Homes’ Educational Trust’s Second-Career Scholarship on August 5, 2013. $1,500 was paid toward his funeral service education.
Edwards is transitioning from a 22-year career in ministry into funeral service. Edwards will return in the fall as sophomore at the University of Central Oklahoma, where he is expected to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in funeral service in 2016. Edwards feels that the transition from ministry to funeral service is a natural one that will allow him to continue serving people in a relevant, positive way.
“The driving force for my goal to become a funeral director is my desire to continue serving people in the local community where I live,” said Edwards. “I am extremely appreciative of the distinctive honor of being selected for this scholarship, as it will help me to continue my formal education toward my passion of comforting and ministering to bereaved families.”
As part of the application process, Edwards demonstrated financial need and outstanding personal references in applying for the scholarship. In order to be eligible, scholarship applicants must not be related to an owner of a funeral firm currently in operation and must be currently enrolled in a full-time Mortuary Science program at an accredited school. Edwards plans to take a full course load each semester in an effort to achieve licensure as soon as possible.