The Connecticut Funeral Directors Association (CFDA) is accepting applications from high school seniors throughout the state for its Family Support Services Scholarship program for those considering a career in one of the "helping professions.\u201d A total of eight $500 college scholarships will be presented \u2014 one to a student in each of the state's eight counties. The CFDA scholarship is for study in fields that provide emotional, physical or medical support for families such as counseling, social services, psychology, psychiatry, nursing, medicine, social work, gerontology, or funeral service. Careers to help people in need "As funeral directors, we provide support, with expertise and care, to people during their most difficult times," said Pasquale S. Folino, a licensed funeral director and CFDA president. "The Connecticut Funeral Directors Association created our scholarship program to encourage young women and men to follow their dreams and consider careers where they also can help people in need \u2014 through a variety of professions." The application deadline is Friday, April 12. To download an application, go to www.ctfda.org call the association at 860-721-0234 or 800-919-2332. Eligibility requirements To be eligible for the CFDA scholarship program, candidates must: \u2014be a high school senior who will graduate in June 2013 \u2014be a legal resident of Connecticut \u2014be pursuing a career that provides emotional, medical or physical support for families. This includes such professions as caregiving, counseling, social services, psychology, psychiatry, nursing, medicine, social work, gerontology, or funeral service \u2014have maintained at least a B-grade point average in the 10th, 11th and 12th grades All candidates must submit the application form and a current high school transcript. The application form must be neat and legible, and filled out completely. About the association The Connecticut Funeral Directors Association, based in Wethersfield and founded in 1889, is comprised of funeral directors from more than 220 funeral homes. The organization is committed to the promotion and advocacy of high ethical standards in funeral service, and supports professional training opportunities for practitioners as well as educational programs for association members and the public.