Second-Career Scholarship

Our Second-Career Scholarship Program is designed exclusively for individuals who aspire to work as a funeral director as a second career. Each scholarship is worth $1,500, with up to four scholarships awarded each year—two in late June and two in late December.

Applicant Eligibility Requirements

  • You must currently be enrolled and attending classes (in-person or online) on a full-time basis at an accredited Mortuary Science Program.
  • You cannot be related in any manner to an owner of a funeral home currently operating in North America.
  • You must be able to provide proof of the following:
    • You have previously worked full or part-time in at least one career other than funeral service and that funeral service will be a new career for you.
    • Tuition and fees owed and any financial assistance you have already or are currently receiving.
    • What mortuary sciences courses you have completed to date and what courses in which you are currently enrolled.
    • Your current Mortuary Science GPA.
  • You must complete and sign the online application form and submit all the required documents by the deadline identified.
  • You must not be a previous Second-Career Scholarship Recipient.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit a completed online application on or before May 31 (for the Spring cycle) or October 31 (for the Fall cycle) each year. The application includes:

Go to our Online Scholarship Application system to preview the process or begin your application. Only completed applications will be considered.

Our Latest Recipients: Spring 2020

“Thank you so much for this amazing news! I am truly honored to have been selected.”—Regan Moreland, attending Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science.


Read the press release about our recipients for Spring 2020.


“With a humbled heart, I say ‘thank you’ for awarding me the 2020 Spring-Cycle Second-Career Scholarship. My time at Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science has been full and meaningful. With this financial assistance, I gain confidence in my future endeavors as I move another step closer to becoming a Funeral Director.”—Katherine Seiler


Recipients from Fall 2019

“Being a recipient of a Memorial Scholarship from the Selected Educational Trust means that I have the ability to pursue my passion in life. As a second-career student, juggling the demands of work, family, and school is not easy; so this scholarship helps to alleviate some of that stress.”—Kerilyn Bascle

Recipients from Spring 2019

Jessica Flores

Jessica Flores

Jessica Flores

Crystal Mazur

Lindsay Murray

Recipients from Fall 2018

Recipients from Spring 2018

Bruce Badoni

“After seeing the care the funeral director showed my grandfather who died while in hospice care in our home, it felt like a sign,” said Bruce Badoni. “The funeral profession overlaps so many subjects such as anatomy, physiology, law, finance, customer service and so on. I absolutely love it and could not imagine doing anything else.”