2014 William Aaron Scholarship Recipient

melissa_bidon_2014_scholoarshipThe AFCCA is dedicated to promoting the further development of professional, ethical, responsive death care providers that are a credit to the industry. This is why the  William Aaron Scholarship Program was created for current Mortuary Science students at Mesa Community College.

Each year, AFCCA offers a scholarship to a 2nd year student, with a B or better grade point average. The scholarship is valued at $1,000.

Applicants that meet the criteria are asked to submit an essay on “Why They Want to be a Funeral Director.” A scholarship committee, made up of board members, reviews all applications and chooses the student that best reflects professionalism, ethical actions and has a passion for the industry.

Wednesday, February 26, President David Long and Vice President Paul Neville announced this years winner of the $1000 scholarship as Melissa Bidon. They paid a visit out to the Mortuary Sciences College in Mesa to share the great news.

Melissa Bidon’s passion for the funeral industry started her freshmen year of high school when studying infectious diseases in biology class, the teacher invited a funeral director as a guest speaker. She then was able to witness this same funeral director in action at the service for her grandmother. Melissa admired his dedication and passion for the industry. However, paths change, and she started her career as an EMT/Fire Fighter, though she never felt it was the correct fit. After years of feeling like she was missing her true calling, Melissa started back in school to begin her journey to become a funeral director. Separated from her family in Sierra Vista during the week so she can attend classes at the Mesa campus, Melissa is definitely an example of the sacrifices and dedication it takes to become a great funeral director.

Congratulations again to Melissa!

2 Responses to “2014 William Aaron Scholarship Recipient”

  1. Melissa Bidon March 26, 2014 at 8:27 pm #

    I would like to express my sincere gratitude. I was undoubtedly shocked and surprised when these two wonderful men joined our classroom and David announced my name. I don’t think I even fully stood up from my chair. I would have dressed nicer than a pair of jeans and my husband’s t-shirt had I known they were coming, a fashionesta I am not. That being said I am truly honored to have been given such an amazing award. I am grateful for every opportunity that has come my way during my educational journey and I am excited to see where this is all going to take me. Again THANK YOU!!!!

  2. Debbee Watkins March 27, 2014 at 6:57 am #

    Having been told how this scholarship program came about was even more touching than reading Melissa’s name as the 2014 recipient. Mr. Aaron’s family must be as proud as Melissa’s family is upon learning this news.

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