Contact: Jessica A. Smith,
Assistant Executive Director
(512) 334-5504 
[email protected]

For Immediate Release


NOVEMBER 8, 2017 – AUSTIN, TEXAS – The International Order of the Golden Rule (OGR), the world’s leading professional association dedicated to serving the professional needs of independent funeral homes, is pleased to announce that the OGR Foundation is now accepting applications for its Awards of Excellence Scholarship Program.  

The OGR Foundation will award two scholarships, one for $3,500 and another for $2,000 in 2018. Scholarships are awarded on merit and will be presented at OGR’s 2018 Annual Conference & Solution Center in Savannah, GA on April 5, 2018.

The Awards of Excellence Scholarship Program provides scholarships to students based on strong academic performance, funeral service experience, and the strength of their essays.  Applicants will have the opportunity to be listed in the OGR job bank as a new benefit this year.

To be eligible, applicants must be currently enrolled in a mortuary science degree program at an accredited mortuary school, be scheduled to graduate during 2018, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and commit to working for an independently owned funeral home. For questions, contact Jessica A. Smith at (800) 637-8030 or [email protected]. Only online applications will be accepted and can be found at Deadline for submission is February 2, 2018.

About OGR
Founded in 1928, OGR is affiliated with independent funeral homes throughout North America and overseas that share common goals of exemplary service, uncompromising care and compassion to families in their time of need. For more information, visit