Connecticut high school seniors can apply for a Family Support Services Scholarship from the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association through Friday, April 11.

A total of eight $500 college scholarships will be presented -- one to a student in each of the state's counties. This is the 14th consecutive year the association has awarded scholarship funds to support graduating high school seniors who are pursuing careers in a profession that provides emotional or medical support for families. This includes counseling, social services, psychology, psychiatry, nursing, medicine, social work, gerontology or funeral service.

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"The Connecticut Funeral Directors Association created this scholarship program over a decade ago in order to encourage young women and men to follow their dreams and enter careers where they can help people in need," said Stephen M. King, a licensed funeral director who is president of the association. "As funeral directors, we value professions that support families, as we do every day when we provide expertise and care to people during their most difficult times."

For an application and contest rules, visit or call 800-919-2332.