Scholarships, Grants & Loans

On this page you will find information about CCMS scholarships, funeral service scholarships, federal and state grants, and loans.

Arlington Memorial Gardens

New Scholarship Opportunity!


The Arlington Memorial Gardens Funeral Home and Cemetery

Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science Scholarship Program


The Arlington Memorial Gardens recognizes the importance of future generations of the funeral profession and supporting our local ABFSE accredited mortuary school, Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science (CCMS).   We are pleased to announce our new scholarship program which includes two $5,000 scholarships that will provide financial support and recognize promising mortuary science students who have demonstrated academic achievement and a passion for the skills and commitment needed as a leader in the death care industry.  One $5,000 scholarship will be awarded by The Arlington Memorial Gardens Funeral Home and one $5,000 scholarship will be awarded by The Arlington Memorial Gardens Cemetery.  The financial award will be paid directly to CCMS.  Each winner will be recognized at a reception with The Arlington Team in January 2024.

How to apply for The Arlington Mortuary Science Scholarship Award:

·       Fill out the online application at

·       Upload/provide a 750 - 1,000 word essay on why you have chosen funeral service as a your profession.

·       Participate in a structured Zoom interview with the scholarship panel discussing what contributions you want to make to funeral service once you are licensed.  Zoom interviews will be scheduled 11/16/23 – 11/23/23.

·       Upload/provide your transcripts (if you have them) reflecting your cumulative GPA.

·       Upload/provide a current resume.

·       Upload/provide a personal reference letter.

Eligibility Criteria:  A qualified candidate will be an enrolled student at CCMS who has completed a minimum of 1 semester of their academic program of choice with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Applications accepted 10/26/23 – 11/13/23.  No late applications will be accepted.


CCMS Mortuary Science 2022 Scholarship Program via Spring Grove Cemetery 

 " As part of Spring Grove’s commitment to the Cincinnati community and the future generation of funeral professionals, we are excited to announce our new scholarship program.  In support of our local ABFSE accredited mortuary school, Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science (CCMS), we are offering three $7,000 scholarships that will provide financial support to students that demonstrate exceptional potential.  This program will recognize those leaders who are dedicated and passionate about pursing a funeral service career.  Two scholarships will be sponsored by Spring Grove Funeral Homes and one scholarship will be sponsored by Thompson, Hall and Jordan Funeral Home.  We will also award four $250 gift cards to applicants that may be used towards books.  In addition to the financial award that will be paid directly to CCMS, we will present winners with a recognition certificate and invitation for a special luncheon with Spring Grove leadership." 


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CCMS Scholarship 

Rachael Anderson Memorial Scholarship

Rachael Anderson joined the #CCMSfamily August 27, 2015 along with her peers in the Fall 2015-2016 CCMS class. She was a bright, beautiful light. She lovingly accepted everyone and was a compassionate caregiver and great advocate and champion for the death care profession. Rachael quickly befriended her peers and successfully saw her dreams come to fruition as she completed her education with CCMS, graduating cum laude. She then set off to central Ohio to pursue an apprenticeship with Shaw-Davis Funeral Home. She was nearing the end of her apprenticeship at the time her life was taken from her. 

To honor Rachael's zest for life and passion for her chosen profession, CCMS established The Rachael Anderson Memorial Scholarship. Her family, along with funeral service professionals, peers, and friends have come together to raise more than $10,000  to date in memory of Rachael to fund the scholarship. 

Over $3,000 has been awarded to date in Rachael's honor. The remainder of scholarship funds will be awarded twice per year, to one recipient in each cohort during semester 3, and in consultation with Rachael's family. Awards will be presented to CCMS students who display the same passion for funeral service as Rachael. 

"Rachael had many passions throughout her life. First and foremost, her career! She had a gift of compassion! She enjoyed dancing and socializing with family and friends. She loved children! She loved her life! Rachael will always be remembered for her uniqueness, hard work, loving kindness, joy, and infectious laughter. She had the ability to make a lasting impression on everyone she came in contact with and she could light up a room with her smile." -Family of Rachael Anderson

Scholarship Criteria 

Scholarship Application & Questionnaire 

To donate to The Rachael Anderson Memorial Scholarship fund, click here. (Select "Rachael Anderson Scholarship" in the first question.)

Federal Grants

Federal Pell Grant

Federal Supplement Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

  • Federally funded to students with exceptional need on a first come, first served basis
  • Must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Award ranges from $250 per academic year
  • Must be an undergraduate student without a previous bachelor’s degree
  • Priority is given to students also receiving the Pell Grant

State Grants

Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG)

Ohio War Orphans Scholarship

Please keep in mind that schools must wait a minimum of 15 days after the start of the term before requesting funds electronically that will be transferred electronically and applied to students’ accounts. Students must attend full-time, and prior recipients must meet appropriate cumulative GPA requirements (minimum 2.00)


What are loans?

If you apply for financial aid, you may be offered loans as part of your school’s financial aid offer. A loan is money you borrow and must pay back with interest.

If you decide to take out a loan, make sure you understand who is making the loan and the terms and conditions of the loan. Student loans can come from the federal government or from private sources such as a bank or financial institution. Loans made by the federal government, called federal student loans, usually offer borrowers lower interest rates and have more flexible repayment options than private loans.

Federal Direct Loans

Subsidized and Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loans are for eligible students to help cover the cost of higher education. Federal student loans are funded by the federal government.

How do I apply for a Federal Direct Loan?

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Complete Entrance Loan Counseling. This is required per federal regulations.
  • ALL first-time Federal Direct Stafford Loan borrowers must complete Stafford Entrance Loan Counseling before being awarded a Federal Direct Stafford Loan. An electronic confirmation will be transmitted to the Financial Aid Office within 24 hours.
  • Complete your Master Promissory Note. This will only need to be completed once while you attend CCMS.

What Is the Difference Between Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans?

After you apply for aid, you may be offered either a subsidized or unsubsidized loan, or a combination of both. The primary difference between the two is the interest rate and when the interest begins to accrue.

  • Subsidized Loans are awarded on the basis of financial need. You will not be charged any interest while the loan is in deferment status, such as while you are enrolled, as the federal government subsidizes or pays the interest.
  • Unsubsidized Loans charge interest from the time the money is first disbursed until it is paid in full. The interest is capitalized, meaning that you pay interest on any interest that has already accrued. One way to minimize how much interest accrues is to pay the interest as it accumulates.

Only undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need are eligible for Subsidized Loans. Direct Unsubsidized Loans are available to undergraduate and graduate students. Federal regulations are used to determine the amounts each student may borrow by considering the cost of attendance and other financial aid.

To learn more about Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans, visit the Department of Education’s Direct Loan comparison website.

Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loans

CCMS participates in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program (Direct Loan). The Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) is a loan that parents can obtain to help pay the cost of education for their dependent undergraduate children. Eligible parents borrow directly from the U. S. Department of Education and can borrow up to their child’s cost of attendance minus other financial aid received.

How do I apply for a Parent PLUS direct loan?

  • Sign In
  • Click on “Request a PLUS loan.”
  • Under “What You Need” – click on “Parent PLUS.”
    • Complete “Student/Parent Personal Information” -> continue
    • Select Award Year
    • Complete “Student Parent & Loan Info”
    • Review Application
    • Credit Check and Submit
  • Once all steps are completed, make sure to print out a copy of your Master Promissory Note for your records.
  • An electronic confirmation will be transmitted to the Financial Aid Office within 48 hours.

For more information please visit the Federal Student Aid Website.