We believe in the future of Mortuary Science. To demonstrate our commitment to excellence in funeral service education, we annually award $25,000 in scholarships to mortuary science students who demonstrate our core values of Excellence, Trust, Care and Growth. We asked recent scholarship recipients about how The Tradition of Caring Scholarship has benefited them.
1. How has the Tradition of Caring scholarship benefited you and helped prepare you for the funeral industry?
"Financially, the scholarship provided financial freedom for one out of 6 quarters for my degree. I also was able to secure an apprenticeship, which is a valuable thing. Sometimes it is hard for apprentices to find work straight out of college. I was blessed with the fact that I got to stay in the same location for my apprenticeship.” Kenny S., Indiana
2. Describe your apprenticeship experience with Newcomer.
"My experience has been a variety of all aspects of the funeral home from - embalming to dressing, to reconstruction, meeting families, sorting out financial details with family and military and masonic services." Kenny S., Indiana
“It has been a very positive experience. I love how I am getting involved within the field. Everything is very hands on…As a mortuary science student, you are so worried about national board exams and then finding a funeral home that is willing to take you on as an apprenticeship, is extra stress. This scholarship opportunity just took one thing off my plate so I don’t have to worry about juggling all of that at the same time.” AJ J., Ohio
3. How did you become interested in the mortuary science field? What is your favorite part about what you do?
“I lost my parents at the very young age at 15. I love meeting families and the back of house, it’s like an art project. It’s the last thing you can do for that person…so you do everything you can do for them… to give them the best farewell that you can. It’s like being a sculptor of painter.” Kenny S., Indiana
“I don’t have family in the field and I was not raised in this field. I actually was working as a cashier while in high school and I met a funeral director who was always so happy all of the time. One day, he told me about what he does as a funeral director and it piqued my interest. I thought to myself, I want to be in a career that gives me true happiness and allows me to give back to my community…It makes me feel like I’ve done something right. I think we all know when we’ve done some type of act of kindness that humbles us. That act of kindness really makes an impact on a family during their time in need. When a family walks into the funeral home, I take the time out to get to know the family at a very vulnerable time. You are putting yourself in someone else’s shoes to really take care of their loved one." AJ J., Ohio
4. How has the Tradition of Caring scholarship benefited you financially?
“The scholarship solidified an apprenticeship position [and] gave me a new perspective on the possibilities for my career.” Kenny S., Indiana
“If I didn’t receive the scholarship, I wouldn’t have been able to graduate on time. The scholarship came at the perfect time to help me pay for the last semester of my program.” AJ J., Ohio
5.If you were giving advice to a mortuary science student who was considering applying for the scholarship, what would you say?
“Fulfill the requirement and be passionate about it. It is a commitment, but it is worth it.” Kenny S., Indiana
“Just give it a try and apply. The worst that can happen is if you don’t get it, but you lose nothing. If you win, then that will be a great opportunity that you would have never had without applying. Truly take time for think about why you decided to get into this field and how you can relate to Newcomer’s core values of trust.” AJ J., Ohio
To apply for a future Tradition of Caring ® Mortuary Science Scholarship Program, find details and application materials here