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Fountain National Academy Announces Scholarship Program

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

Others as approved by FNA

FNA requires that scholarship funds will only be used for educational programs that focus on embalming, reconstructive surgery with the goal of achieving viewing the decedent and the values of viewing and visitations/wakes before final disposition For more information contact: Vernie R. Fountain at:

Fountain National Academy of Professional Embalming Skills

2211 West Norton Road

Springfield, Missouri 65803

Phone: 417-833-5130

Learn more about Fountain National Academy.

Posted June 30, 2014


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