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 The Iowa Funeral Directors Association awards several scholarships each year at its Annual Convention. Scholarships are $500 and up and are awarded based on scholastic ability, leadership qualities, citizenship and interest in mortuary science. Applicants must send all documentation to the IFDA office by February 28, 2017. To be eligible, students must:

  • be a legal Iowa resident and intend to practice funeral service in Iowa upon graduation;
  • have completed two years and have accumulated 60 credits at an accredited college or university;
  • be enrolled in and attending a program in funeral service or mortuary science education accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education. Students in coordinated programs are only eligible for an award during a period of attendance at the American Board accredited program;
  • have at least one term or semester remaining in his/her program which will commence after the award date in order to be considered for an award.

A non-partisan judge contracted by IFDA will evaluate the applications. Final selection will be based on scholastic ability, leadership qualities, citizenship, and interest in mortuary science, as perceived in the application. The award must be applied to tuition for the following school year and recipients are not permitted to carry over the award from one school year to the next. The scholarship will be made payable jointly to the registrar of the school and the recipient.

IFDA strives to recruit the quality funeral service professionals that will be able to serve the communities of Iowa with professionalism and compassion. Please share this information regarding IFDA scholarships with any students you know who are going to pursue a career in funeral service.  

Jack G. Dodds Scholarship

The Jack G. Dodds Scholarship is one scholarship of $1,000. To be eligible, students must meet the above requirements and have been enrolled in the mortuary science program at Des Moines Area Community College.

James R. Corson Scholarship

The James R. Corson Scholarship is one scholarship of $1,000 and is awarded during the Annual Convention. To be eligible, students must be a graduate of a four year college or university and be attending Des Moines Area Community College.

Bruce Overton Scholarship

The Bruce Overton Scholarship is one scholarship of $500 and is awarded during the Annual Convention. To be eligible, students must meet the above requirements and have completed four years at an accredited college or university and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree or a Bachelor of Sciences degree.

Susan L. Mitchell Scholarship

The Susan L. Mitchell Scholarship is one scholarship of $500 and is awarded during the Annual Convention. To be eligible, students must meet the above requirements and have been enrolled in the mortuary science program at Des Moines Area Community College.

John F. Fulton Scholarship

The John F. Fulton Scholarship is one scholarship of $500 and is awarded during the Annual Convention. To be eligible, students must meet the above requirements and have been enrolled in an accredited mortuary science program.


Apply for an IFDA Scholarship

Scholarships recipients are notified early in April.

Procedure

For applicants who have been out of high school for more than 3 years:

  • Complete the application below.
  • Have transcripts of all college work attempted sent to IFDA (1454 30th St., Ste. 204, West Des Moines, IA 50266).
  • Have a letter of recommendation submitted to the above address from someone close enough to comment on the applicant's personal qualifications and professional promise.
  • Submit proof of legal residency. Acceptable forms of proof of legal Iowa residency are drivers license and voter registration.

For applicants who have been out of high school for 3 years or less:

  • Follow steps above.
  • Have transcripts of all high school work sent to IFDA.

Essay

The balance of the application requires narrative answers designed to help the scholarship administrator know you and your plans.

Choosing Your Career: Describe the process you used and the experiences you underwent in your decision to enter the funeral service profession. Also, describe your plans for getting started after graduation.

Tell Us About Yourself: Write a brief essay telling the scholarship administrator enough to help them feel they know you (books of interest to you, experiences which had a significant impact on you, special people and why they are special to you, or any other things you care to tell them).

Application

 















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