For the 12th consecutive year, the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association is accepting applications from high school seniors pursuing "helping" professions for its college "Family Support Services Scholarship" program.

A total of eight $500 college scholarships will be presented -- one to a student in each of the state's eight counties.

The CFDA scholarship awards support graduating high school seniors who are pursuing careers in a profession that provides emotional or medical support for families. This includes fields such as counseling, social services, psychology, psychiatry, nursing, medicine, social work, gerontology or funeral service.

"The Connecticut Funeral Directors Association created our scholarship program to encourage young women and men to follow their dreams and consider careers where they can help people in need -- just as funeral directors do every day," Pasquale S. Folino, , a funeral director and president of the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association. "We understand how important it is to support others during difficult times and hope to motivate more graduates to consider jobs where they will provide assistance to others."

The deadline for the CFDA's "Family Support Services Scholarship" applications is Friday, April 13. To download an application, visit the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association's website at www.ctfda.org call the association at 860-721-0234 or 800-919-2332.

To be eligible for the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association "Family Support Services Scholarship" program, candidates must:

Be a high school senior who will graduate in June 2012;

Be a legal resident of the State of Connecticut;

Be pursuing a career that provides emotional, medical or physical support for families. This includes such professions as caregiving, counseling, social services, psychology, psychiatry, nursing, medicine, social work, gerontology or funeral service;

Have maintained at least a B- average in the 10th, 11th and 12th grades.

All candidates must submit the application form and a current high school transcript. The application form must be neat and legible, and filled out completely.

The Connecticut Funeral Directors Association is comprised of funeral directors at more than 220 funeral homes. Based in Wethersfield, it is committed to the promotion and advocacy of high ethical standards in funeral service. This includes the development and presentation of ongoing professional training opportunities for practitioners and educational programs for association members and the public. The Wethersfield-based association was founded in 1889.

Call 860-721-0234 or 800-919-2332.

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