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High School Seniors Pursuing 'Helping' Careers May Apply for Scholarship Funds from CFDA

WETHERSFIELD, Conn. – Calling all Connecticut high school seniors considering a future in one of the “helping professions.” For the 13th consecutive year, the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association (CFDA) is accepting applications from all around the state for its college “Family Support Services Scholarship” program.

A total of eight $500 college scholarships will be presented – one to a student in each of the state’s eight counties.

The CFDA scholarship awards support graduating high school seniors who are pursuing careers in a profession that provides emotional or medical support for families. This includes fields such as counseling, social services, psychology, psychiatry, nursing, medicine, social work, gerontology or funeral service.

“As funeral directors, we provide support, with expertise and care, to people during their most difficult times,” explained Pasquale S. Folino, CFSP, a licensed funeral director who is President of the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association. “The Connecticut Funeral Directors Association created our scholarship program to encourage young women and men to follow their dreams and consider careers where they also can help people in need – through a variety of professions.”

The deadline for the CFDA’s “Family Support Services Scholarship” applications is Friday, April 12, 2013. To download an application, go to the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association’s website, or call the association at (860) 721-0234 or (800) 919-2332.

To be eligible for the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association “Family Support Services Scholarship” program, candidates must:

• Be a high school senior who will graduate in June 2013;

• Be a legal resident of the State of Connecticut;

• Be pursuing a career that provides emotional, medical or physical support for families. This includes such professions as caregiving, counseling, social services, psychology, psychiatry, nursing, medicine, social work, gerontology, or funeral service; and

• Have maintained at least a B-grade point average in the 10th, 11th and 12th grades.

All candidates must submit the application form and a current high school transcript. The application form must be neat and legible, and filled out completely.

The Connecticut Funeral Directors Association is comprised of funeral directors at more than 220 funeral homes. Based in Wethersfield, it is committed to the promotion and advocacy of high ethical standards in funeral service. This includes the development and presentation of ongoing professional training opportunities for practitioners and educational programs for association members and the public. The Wethersfield-based association was founded in 1889.

The deadline for applications for the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association’s “Family Support Services Scholarship” program is Friday, April 12, 2013. To download an application, go to www.ctfda.org/html/scholarship.html. To ask questions about the college scholarship program and request an application to be mailed, call the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association (CFDA) at (860) 721-0234 or (800) 919-2332.


 
























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