Did you know that currently over 70% of Mortuary Science students are female?
The Hi Precious Scholarship was instilled to help break down social, racial and political barriers and offer female and transgender individuals the opportunity to gain advanced technical training and management skills in funeral service.
Support our future Last Responders here:
Why is this scholarship important? Read my story here….
In 2018 NXT Generation Mortuary Support was featured on the cover of American Funeral Director Magazine. This was the proudest moment of my career. Shortly after this cover story ran I began to receive hate mail in my inbox from a group of so called “professionals.” The hate mail and derogatory instant messages in my Facebook messenger were followed by a two month long cyber bulling attack in professional chat rooms. The harassment didn’t stop there. My business eventually began to suffer as this group of “haters” attempted to discredit my life’s work and also harass one of my business partners. The harassment became so much so that my business partner was being harassed in the middle of the night and threatened. It was a humiliating experience for me as I was also being sexually harassed online and threats were made against my well being. I felt so threatened that I choose not to attend our years largest funeral convention which I was lucky enough to win a free registration to. I was terrified from the threats I was receiving and feared that I may be harmed or have my drink poisoned. One man went so far as to sexually harass me in a public chat room. So much attention was brought to the harassment that the image of me he used was highlighted on a death industry podcast.
Many of my colleagues that witnessed the harassment urged me to fight back and many were affected by my experience. The podcast did shed some light on how women in funeral service are exposed to sexual harassment in a male dominated field, however I decided to take action my own way by seeking legal council and by founding this powerful declaration that embodies the empowerment of women and people who face discrimination and harassment. The man who sexually harassed me addressed me as “Hi Precious.” Instead of engaging with with the cyber bullies I set up this scholarship to help other minorities in funeral service reach a high level of success. To date with the donations we have raised to battle sexual harassment, racism, political and social barriers have offered over 20 women (many of color) opportunities for advanced education giving them personal self worth, technical skills, and management training.
To this day I have no idea why I was harassed and my business was attacked. The only thing I can assume is that the attacks were due to my race and gender.
If you support our efforts please I urge you to donate in ANY amount to the scholarship. Thank you.
Requirements You must be a student of an accredited college of mortuary science, hold an active intern license or hold an active Embalmers/Funeral Directors license and be actively employed in the funeral industry. Female funeral home owners and managers are encouraged to apply.
- personal profile link on any personal social media platform
- proof of active license, proof of enrollment in an accredited college of mortuary science
- one-page short essay on the following subject:
Topic: “How Morticians can help keep the focus on the body before Cremation or Aquamation”
Email your packet to firstname.lastname@example.org
Due date June 30, 2020 applications must be submitted by 5pm MST