2018 CGCC Mortuary Science Graduation and Scholarship Presentations

May 10, 2018 – 31 new Mortuary Graduates from Chandler Gilbert Community College proudly took the Funeral Service Oath and officially entered into the field. Congratulations to each and every one of these students and for what they accomplished.

AFCCA William Aaron Scholarship Presentation

The 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 Chandler Gilbert Community College.

Each year, AFCCA offers a $1000 scholarship to a student who demonstrates potential industry leadership, passion and dedication.

Applicants that meet set 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.

At the May 10th Graduation, on behalf of the scholarship committee and AFCCA Board of Directors, Amie Gazda, Heather Long and Bill Aaron were pleased to announce and present the 2018 William Aaron Scholarship to Amber Nicole Hardin.

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The Dodge Award

When the Dodge Company was founded over 125 years ago, A.J. Dodge travelled the country selling, and teaching embalmers how to use the embalming chemicals of the day.

The Dodge award is presented to students who show outstanding scholastic achievement in the subjects of embalming and restorative arts. The Dodge company has always placed education at the forefront of our profession, and education and continuing education, we feel is paramount to the future of our profession.

The 2018 recipient is Charlie J. Rivas, congratulations on this prestigious award. Thank you to our Arizona Rep, Rory McKeown for making this award available.


Recognition of SCI Scholarship Finalists

Each year SCI offers Mortuary Science students from around the country the opportunity to apply for a competitive scholarship program that awards 30 students scholarships totaling $80,000. The process includes writing a 200-250 word personal statement answering pre-determined questions; providing transcripts proving a 2.5 GPA or higher; and submitting a 3-5 minute video verbally answering three questions.

The SCI Scholarship committee narrows it down to 50 finalists, with the top 15 students invited to meet and interview with the Company’s Selection Committee in Houston, TX, for final interviews before winning selections are made (all travel and meal expenses paid).

For the 2018 Scholarship Program, 3 Students received a $5000 scholarship, twelve received $3000 and thirty-five received $1000.

CGCC had five students receive $1000 scholarships: Congratulations to Alexandra Cole, Amber Hardin, Logan Salmons, Mareesa Mullinax and Melanie Jones.

CGCC had one student as a top 15 finalist that traveled to Houston and she was awarded a $3000 scholarship; Congratulations to Tessa Lawson!