Awards of Excellence Scholarship Program

OGR demonstrates its support of the next generation of funeral home employees and owners by offering scholarships to students nearing completion of their mortuary science degree and about to enter the funeral profession.

The Awards of Excellence Scholarship Program provides scholarships to students based on strong academic performance, community involvement, and the strength of the essay, which exemplifies a commitment to serving grieving families with compassion, fairness, and dignity. Applicants must be enrolled in a degree program at an accredited mortuary science school or college, be scheduled to graduate in the appropriate calendar year and committed to working for an independently-owned funeral home, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. This fund is supported by member contributions.

The application period for 2021 scholarships ended March 5. Winners will be announced at OGR's Golden Circle Celebration Thursday, April 29.


2020 Scholarship Winners

Gold Award of Excellence:
Bridgett Madden
$3,500 Scholarship
Worsham College of Mortuary Science

Silver Award of Excellence:
Natalie Brahm

$2,000 Scholarship 
Milwaukee Area Technical College

Press Release Announcing 2020 Scholarship Winners


altSupport OGR's Charitable Foundation

Through the Order of the Golden Rule Foundation, the Awards of Excellence Scholarship Program recognizes promising mortuary science students who have demonstrated a passion for, and an understanding of the skills and commitment needed to provide families with meaningful funeral ceremonies. In 2021, the Foundation will offer two scholarships: a $2,000 and a $3,500 scholarship thanks to generous contributions from businesses, vendors and individuals.

Want to support these scholarships? Contributions in support of the OGR Foundation may be made in someone's memory or in honor of a special event. Contributions are acknowledged in The Independent as they are received. All donations are tax deductible in the United States as charitable contributions under IRS Tax Code 501(c)(3).

To donate online, click here or contact the Education Department at (800) 637-8030.