Scholarship

Tradition of Caring Scholarship
We believe in investing in the future leaders of the funeral service profession.

Newcomer Funeral Service Group is proud to support mortuary science students as they begin their funeral service journey. Meet a few of our Tradition of Caring Mortuary Science Scholarship recipients who have shown dedication to their studies, their communities, and our Core Values of Excellence, Trust, Care, and Growth.


Karli Barley, Apprentice Funeral Director, Newcomer Cremations, Funerals & Receptions - Green Bay Chapel, Worsham College of Mortuary Science

1.) Describe your apprentice experience thus far with Newcomer?

So far, my apprentice experience with Newcomer has been better than I could have ever imagined! I am learning so much, and I’m so lucky to be a part of such an amazing team!

2.) How has the Tradition of Caring scholarship benefited you and helped to prepare you for the funeral industry?

I have benefited by serving my apprenticeship with an organization that permits me to be prepared upon entering into my career as a licensed funeral director. My position at Newcomer is inviting me to learn all aspects of this industry that will significantly benefit my future!

3.) How has the Tradition of Caring scholarship benefited you financially?

I have greatly benefited financially by receiving such an excellent education during my time at Worsham College, which, in part, laid the foundation for me to enter into the funeral industry.

4.) What’s your advice for mortuary science students considering applying for this scholarship?

Do it! The Tradition of Caring Scholarship is such a terrific opportunity for students to become involved in such an excellent company! This scholarship provides students with the chance to not only find future employment but the chance to learn from so many talented directors and associates while creating lasting memories and friendships along the way!


Alex Mock, Funeral Director at Newcomer Cremations, Funerals & Receptions - St Louis Chapel, Worsham College of Mortuary Science

1.) Describe your experience thus far with Newcomer.

Newcomer has been an excellent start to my career. I am so glad I chose to join this incredible team to work beside. My coworkers help me to learn and grow to become the best funeral director possible. I have grown so much in these first few months, and I will only grow and learn more as time goes on.

2.) How has the Tradition of Caring scholarship benefited you and helped to prepare you for the funeral industry?

Through the essay and interview, I was required to sit down and think about why I wanted to be in the funeral profession and how my personality and character fit the role of a funeral director. This helped affirm that my passion and my future is in funeral service. The interview process helped me prepare for working in the industry as a funeral director by getting comfortable communicating with strangers and answering questions on the spot.

3.) How has the Tradition of Caring scholarship benefited you financially?

The scholarship benefited me by helping to bring down the cost of school. It also allowed me to have the opportunity to become a funeral director for Newcomer and begin my career.

4.) What’s your advice for mortuary science students considering applying for this scholarship?

First of all, why not try to receive FREE money? If you have plans to work at a different funeral home or do not want to commit to working at Newcomer, there is still an option to apply for a $500 scholarship. The other bit of advice I have is networking and getting your name out there is always a good thing. Your plan for the future may change, and Newcomer may be an option for you down the road. Even years down the road, winning the scholarship may make you a familiar face.


Vanessa Leon-Verde, Apprentice, Newcomer Cremations, Funerals & Receptions - Akron Chapel, Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science

1.) Please describe your apprentice experience thus far with Newcomer.

Being a part of Newcomer is undoubtedly different than being at any other funeral home. It is often fast-paced, but such a great learning experience. The staff, at any location, are a great resource to those learning the funeral industry and are always kind, patient, and reliable. No one leaves you in the "dust"; they have your back, and that is important when in a learning atmosphere.

2.) How has the Tradition of Caring scholarship benefited you and helped to prepare you for the funeral industry?

The process itself was learning the funeral industry and learning how to be confident in my skills and what I could offer.

3.) How has the Tradition of Caring scholarship benefited you financially?

At the time of my application process, I was traveling back and forth from my home to school, which put me on the road nearly eight hours every day. Without support from the scholarship, I would not have been able to maintain the cost of traveling and therefore would have been unable to finish my degree in mortuary science.

4.) What’s your advice for mortuary science students considering applying for this scholarship?

DO IT. Just apply. Initially, I did not think I would even get an honor like this one and being the first mortuary student in my family, and I was concerned about connections and networking into the industry. Newcomer offered a concrete way for me to have a place for apprenticeship and a future in my career. The questions and application will help you shine a light on what you are capable of and what you can offer the funeral industry. Keep your passion and move forward with the help of Newcomer.

It is our distinct honor to support the future of our industry with our Tradition of Caring Mortuary Science Scholarship. If you are interested in learning more about our scholarship application process, please visit our scholarship page.
Posted: August 30, 2019
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