New York State Funeral Directors Association

Funeral service is an honorable and vital profession that provides an essential service under extremely difficult circumstances.

Families rely on funeral directors for support during times of emotional distress, as well as for advice and expertise.

In fact, according to a Gallop Poll of consumers, funeral directors are ranked among the top ten most trusted professionals.

The Tribute Foundation has established a number of professional and continuing education scholarships.

The Foundation strives to increase the number of new funeral service professionals by providing educational scholarships to current and future funeral service professionals by encouraging existing licensed funeral directors to return to funeral service; encouraging funeral service as a second career; and providing financial scholarships as appropriate.


Our Scholarships


Franklin O. L. Steinberg Scholarship - Established 2018

Provides financial support to qualified mortuary science students who reside in the state of New York and are enrolled in accredited mortuary science programs. Eligibility includes first- and second-year students, online students, and students working toward a BS degree in the Mortuary Science field of study.

Please note, the application requires a 5 minute video. If this requirement is a hardship, we are willing to schedule a video conference with the Scholarship Committee in early June. Please notate that on your application. We are no longer accepting applications; the deadline was May 31, 2021.

Samuel Q. Baxter Scholarship Award - Established 1985
Provides financial assistance to qualified students in their second year of a mortuary science program.

R. Barry McPhillips Scholarship Award - Established 2001
Assists the continuing education efforts of recently licensed and early-career funeral directors.


New York State 
Tribute Foundation

1 South Family Drive
Albany, NY 12205
Phone: 518.452.8230
Fax: 518.452.8667