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The Danny Carroll Memorial Scholarship
Posted on 07/21/16 4:30 PM
President Karen and the Board of Directors are pleased to formally introduce the following new scholarship into our association for our mortuary college students. Kim and Nick Page have been excited about this since announcing it at the NCFDA’s convention last May. We can see why as this program will certainly help out two deserving students in 2017.
Applications will be accepted anytime after January 1st of next year.

The Danny Carroll Memorial Scholarship

About Danny

A man who was a delight to be with, and who was truly a consummate funeral professional. Danny felt funeral service was his calling and did everything he could to support it. Giving was in his nature and many folks will never know the entirety of his generosity as he wasn’t comfortable talking about it or telling you about what he did for others. At the time of his tragic death in an airplane accident he had been a past President of the North Carolina Funeral Directors Association and a charter member of a professional study group.

Scholarship History

In 2010 the Danny Carroll Memorial Fund was established by his daughter and son in law Kimberly and Nick Page who wanted to continue the giving spirit of Danny for purposes of education to funeral directors in the state of North Carolina.

In 2016 two -$750.00 scholarships were designated to be awarded annually to two promising mortuary science students that are enrolled full time in a North Carolina accredited mortuary science program.



There are currently two financial assistance opportunities for students enrolled in a professional mortuary educational program:

The NCFDA Memorial Scholarship Fund and The Danny Carroll Memorial Scholarship

These financial assistance programs provide a degree of basic funding toward a student's educational costs for our profession.

Please contact the NCFDA office for further information.


How to apply

This Scholarship Program is awarded each year in May at the annual NCFDA convention during the business meeting. The criteria are as follows:

1)     Online submissions only to:

2)     Applications open on January 1st of each year with a deadline of March 31st.

3)     Applicants may apply for one scholarship.

4)     New applicants that have not applied in previous years are encouraged to apply.


Application submissions must include:

  1. A 750-1,000 word essay on why they have chosen funeral service as a profession.

  2. Most recent transcript of their mortuary school marks (no copies please).

  3. A three to five-minute video of what contributions they feel they can make to funeral service once they are licensed.

Posted on 07/21/16 4:29 PM

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Membership Applications
Posted on 07/21/16 4:20 PM
Applications have been sent out and at this time we have had a solid response. If you didn’t get the application that was faxed to each office – give us a call and we’ll send it right out (919) 876-7886 - as the renewals for the 2016-2017 year were due by July 8th !

This year we reduced the membership dues structure and increased the service to our members…

That’s a “Win Win” for YOU !



Rate of Cremation Continues to Increase
Posted on 07/23/15 12:16 PM
Rate of Cremation Continues to Increase; Cremation Projected to Surpass Burial in 2015

Brookfield, Wis. – The national rate of cremation is projected to surpass that of burial in 2015 according to a report released today by the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA). The 2015 NFDA Cremation and Burial Report: Research, Statistics and Projections features statistics and in-depth analysis of consumer attitudes toward cremation.
According to the 2013 final data in the report, the rate of cremation was 45.4 percent and the rate of burial was 48.7 percent. By the end of 2015, the rates of cremation and burial are projected to be 48.5 percent and 45.6 percent respectively. Should the 2015 projections bear out, the cremation rate will have increased by more than 50 percent over the last 10 years.


• There are many reasons why consumers choose cremation, including cost considerations, environmental concerns, fewer religious prohibitions, and changing consumer preferences, such as a desire for less ritualized funerals.
• The majority of families who choose cremation also commemorate their loved one’s life: 28 percent choose to have a funeral with viewing before cremation and 37 percent have a memorial service after.
• When talking about their own funerals, more than one-half of adults 40 and older would encourage their loved ones to plan a funeral or memorial ceremony. Only 17 percent of adults would discourage their loved ones from commemorating their life.

The state and national death, cremation and burial projections contained in the 2015 NFDA Cremation and Burial Report were compiled with the assistance of experts from the University of Wisconsin – Madison Applied Population Laboratory Department of Community and Environmental Sociology. Other findings presented in this report are from proprietary NFDA research studies, such as the 2015 Consumer Awareness & Preferences Study and 2015 NFDA General Price List Survey.

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