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Awards of Excellence Scholarship Program

OGR demonstrates its support of the next generation of funeral home employees and owners by offering scholarships to students nearing completion of their mortuary science degree and about to enter the funeral profession.

The Awards of Excellence Scholarship Program provides scholarships to students based on strong academic performance, community involvement, and the strength of the essay, which exemplifies a commitment to serving grieving families with compassion, fairness, and dignity. Applicants must be enrolled in a degree program at an accredited mortuary science school or college, be scheduled to graduate in the appropriate calendar year and committed to working for an independently-owned funeral home, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. This fund is supported by member contributions

The Foundation will begin accepting applications for the 2020 Scholarship Program December 2, 2019 - February 28, 2020. Questions? Email Jessica S. Riddlesperger at [email protected]

Requirements for Applying for 2020*:

1. Be currently enrolled in a mortuary science degree program at an ABFSE-accredited mortuary school.
2. Be scheduled to graduate during the 2020 calendar year.
3. Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
4. Be involved in community service activities and school activities.
5. Demonstrate excellence in the pursuit of knowledge in mortuary science.
6. Commit to working for an independently-owned funeral home.


Congrats to the 2019 Scholarship Winners

Gold Award of Excellence:  
Jessica Keller
$3,500 Scholarship
Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science


Silver Award of Excellence:  

James Norris
$2,000 Scholarship 
Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science

Bronze Award of Excellence:  
Alexander Mock
$1,000 Scholarship 
Worsham College of Mortuary Science

Press Release Announcing Scholarship Winners


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Through the Order of the Golden Rule Foundation, the Awards of Excellence Scholarship Program recognizes promising mortuary science students who have demonstrated a passion for and an understanding of the skills and commitment needed to provide families with meaningful funeral ceremonies. The Foundation offered three scholarships in 2019 -- a $1,000, a $2,000 and a $3,500 scholarship thanks to the generous contributions from businesses, vendors, and individuals. The fund also pays expenses for the top scholarship winner to network with potential mentors and/or employers at OGR’s Annual Conference & Solution Center. Interested in contributing? Contributions in support of the OGR Foundation may be made in someone's memory or in honor of a special event. Contributions are acknowledged in The Independent as they are received.

To donate online, click here or contact the Education Department (800) 637-8030.