In August 2012 Vernie R. Fountain, Founder of Fountain National Academy, announced at the 2nd Biennial International Embalming and Reconstructive Surgery Conference that FNA was developing a scholarship program specifically for licensed and qualified embalmers. To raise initial funds for the program, Fountain -- a licensed auctioneer -- conducted a live auction of donated items.
Fountain has appointed a panel of embalmers that will evaluate applications and oversee the program. Among other criteria, applicants will submit an essay that explores and defines the values associated with embalming, reconstructive surgery viewing the body, and visitations and/or wakes before final disposition. It should address the value of these services to the funeral home, embalmer, family and friends of the deceased. It should include ideas regarding how funeral service can better promote these values and educate the public, as well as funeral home owners, regarding the value of these services. Each applicant will be given the latitude to be creative and expand on their ideas and concerns for the future.
Past FNA Scholarship recipients include:
2013: Ann M. Erdmann & Constance Ann Engelking
2014: Monica Torres
Next auction to be held at the 3rd Biennial Conference July 31 - August 3, 2014
Applicants are not restricted to FNA programs or seminars. Interested parties may apply for a variety of CEU programs such as, but not limited to, the following:
Programs approved by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice
National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) CEU programs & Conventions
Other National Funeral Service Associations CEU programs & Conventions
State Funeral Service Associations Conventions & CEU programs
Ohio Embalmers Association
Epsilon NU Delta, California Chapter
American Society of Embalmers
Dodge Institute Seminars
FNA Seminars and International Conferences