Scholarship Opportunities

Funeral service is an honorable and vital profession that provides an essential service under extremely difficult circumstances. The New York State Tribute Foundation has established a number of professional and continuing education scholarships.

The Foundation strives to increase the number of new funeral service professionals by providing educational scholarships to current and future funeral service professionals by encouraging existing licensed funeral directors to return to funeral service; encouraging funeral service as a second career; and providing financial scholarships as appropriate.

Available Scholarships:

  • Franklin O.L. Steinberg Scholarship – up to $12,000 per semester to qualified NYS mortuary science students
  • Samuel Q. Baxter Scholarship – $500 to qualified second-year NYS mortuary science students
  • R. Barry McPhillips Scholarship – full reimbursement of all NYSFDA Annual Convention expenses (hotel, registration, etc.) to newly-licensed/early career funeral director

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