Second-Career Scholarship

The Educational Trust is proud to announce Batesville Casket Company as the official 2018 sponsor of the Second-Career Scholarship Program.

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. Applications are reviewed and voted on by the Educational Trust Board.

Our Latest Recipients, as of June 20, 2018

Bruce Badoni and Trace Tweet

Tracie Tweet

Tracie Tweet

Bruce Badoni

Bruce Badoni

Bruce Badoni, a student at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, will graduate in August 2018. Badoni spent the last 8 years working in the healthcare field as a Nurse’s Aide and as an Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic. He is currently employed at Smith-Miner Funeral Home in Midland, MI. He shared that his ultimate goal is to own his own funeral home.

“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. “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.”

Tracie Tweet, enrolled in the College of Mortuary Science at American River College in Sacramento, CA, will graduate this fall. Currently employed at Chapel of the Hills in Auburn, CA, she is committed to working for a funeral home that truly focuses on service to families. Tweet comes to the funeral service profession after working 10 years in hospital and healthcare administration.

“While pursuing a Masters degree in hospital and healthcare administration, a good friend of mine died at the age of 42, leaving behind three children and a husband in complete shock,” Tracie shared. “I found myself in the role of advocate and funeral coordinator—a role I fell into easily. I knew I had found my calling, How lucky I am to finally able to say that I love what I do.”

Funded by Donations

These scholarships are funded by donations and mean a lot to the students. This unsolicited thank you note shows how we are making the difference every year, thanks to our generous gifters: “Thank you again for all you have done for me. Personally, the experience in receiving this award has been more than uplifting, and I will never forget your kindness in sharing it with all involved in the funeral industry. It is so appreciated! You have done an amazing thing for me in going forward with my career.”


Any individual currently enrolled full-time in a mortuary science program at an accredited school in North America who is not related to an owner of a funeral firm currently in operation is eligible to apply. Previous full-time working experience in an unrelated field is required, along with details on tuition owed and a demonstration of genuine financial need.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit a completed application on or before December 1 or May 30 each year.

Applicants may apply on-line, via email or by mailing an application. A two-page professional application essay along with the required documentation is required for all applications

Application Essay

The application essay and required documentation must address the following:

  1. School Details. Which accredited school are you attending and when is your anticipated graduation date? Attach an official Transcript or original signed letter from the Program Director or Registrar verifying your current full-time enrollment in the Mortuary Science program, your courses and your cumulative GPA.
  2. Tuition Costs. Please include proof of your total tuition costs, specific details on what you owe and your financial need for the scholarship. Are you receiving any other financial assistance? If so, please fully explain.
  3. Funeral Home Involvement. Are you currently employed or involved in any way with an independently owned funeral home? Please share with us the name of the firm, point of contact details including name, phone and email, the full extent of your involvement and whether you expect it to continue upon completing school.
  4. Previous Career. What specifically was your previous career and over what timeframe did you work in it? Tell us about your desire to work in independent funeral service as a new career choice. What led you to make this switch?
  5. Future Plans. What are your future aspirations within independent funeral service?
  6. Letters of Recommendation. Include at least two (2) letters of recommendation. One from a faculty member of the mortuary science program and the other from an owner of an independent funeral home or current or previous employer.

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