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Grants and Scholarships

Daniel T. Mulheran Memorial Scholarship
The MSFDA is proud to offer the Daniel T. Mulheran Memorial Scholarship, established to support the Association’s commitment to excellence in funeral service education. This scholarship of $1,000 is awarded annually to a qualified student whose plans are to complete their education in an accredited mortuary science school and serve the public in their chosen profession in the State of Maryland. Applications must be received by the Maryland State Funeral Directors Association by October 31 of each year. Download the application letter Download the scholarship application form
Funeral Service Foundation (FSF)
Funeral Service Foundation offers opportunities for academic scholarships for mortuary science students as well as important information relative to pursuing a career in funeral service.
The Joseph E. Hagan Memorial Scholarship
The Joseph E. Hagan Scholarship honors one of funeral service’s finest directors. Established in 2000 by the Funeral Service Foundation’s Board of Trustees, this $2,500 annual scholarship is awarded to full- or part-time students of funeral service enrolled in American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE) accredited programs. For more information and to apply, visit Funeral Service Foundation.
Professional Women's Conference Scholarship Program
Through the Funeral Service Foundation, the Professional Women’s Conference Scholarship Program offers opportunities for scholastic awards. Applicants must meet specific criteria to qualify. Click the link above to learn more about this scholarship program or contact FSF at 877-402-5900 or 262-789-1880 to obtain an application.

First Year Licensees – Honorary Associate Membership

Join MSFDA your first year for FREE! Limited associate membership may be held by a newly licensed Funeral Director or Mortician licensed to practice as such under the laws of the State of Maryland. No consideration of this classification of membership will be given if the applicant is an owner, corporate officer, or in a managerial capacity of a funeral establishment unless said establishment currently holds a funeral establishment membership in good standing. An honorary associate member shall be entitled to all social and professional privileges of this Association; however, he or she may not hold this classification of membership for more than one year, vote, serve on standing or special committees of this Association, nor hold any office in the Association.

Download MSFDA First Year Licensee Membership Application

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  • By mail:
    Maryland State Funeral Directors Association
    14030 Connecticut Ave
    PO Box 9715
    Silver Spring MD, 20916
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Continuing Education

MSFDA offers continuing education programs, both online and off-site, for licensees to assist in acquiring credits for license renewal. Please check our Events page for seminars and programs that are available throughout the year.

The National Funeral Directors Association provides the following resources:
• Online Learning
• Education
• Resource Store

The Funeral Service Foundation provides the following resources:
• Educational Conferences & Scholarships
• Links to funeral service associations
• Other state and national organizations with funeral service information

Certified Funeral Service Practitioner Seal
The Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice instituted the voluntary Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) program in 1976 to distinguish those who offer more than what is expected of them. The CFSP designation is the highest professional designation you can achieve in funeral service. When you see the CFSP credential next to a name, you know right away that you are working with a highly self-motivated person with a driven desire to learn, grow and achieve. To earn the distinction, a funeral professional must meet certification requirements related to funeral service in four well-rounded categories: Academic, Professional, Public Education and Service, and Career Review. Visit their website at to learn more about the certification process.


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