Student Spotlight

We are pleased to announce our very own FMC students have been awarded the below scholarships. We are very proud of each one of them for their time and effort in the FMC Community and Funeral Service Industry.

 

Jennifer Roberts

Jennifer Roberts

Phaneuf Family Foundation: $1000

As of now, Jennifer is not working in Funeral Service. She plans to apply for an apprenticeship in early 2022. Currently, she is in her second term at FMC. So far, she is enjoying her classes. She finds them to be a worthy challenge! Jennifer is a mother of 5 boys. “So, my life is never boring!” she said. In her off-time, she enjoys doing tarot readings, jazzercise with her best friend, knitting, acting in murder mysteries, drawing, and going for walks. She has felt a pull to the funeral service business for as long as she can remember. “I remember when I was about 8 or 9, being at my grandfather's funeral and I begged the funeral director for a tour of the funeral home. I think my mother was mortified but I got my tour!” - Jennifer

Jaeleen Rivera

Jaeleen Rivera

Earl R. Porter Memorial Scholarship: $2,000

Jaeleen is an Apprentice Funeral Director, as well as an Attendant for the Brigham & Women’s Hospital Autopsy Service in the Pathology Department. She has wanted to pursue a career in funeral service since she was a child, after seeing the level of care, compassion, and attentiveness to every small detail that the funeral directors and staff had for her own family’s services. She describes her time at FMC and in the funeral service profession as “Having taught me so many great things. I’ve truly been able to appreciate and understand our job of “Service above self”. Jaeleen says she feels that she not only has grown as an individual but been able to network and meet amazing mentors that have been able to guide her along the journey. “In my free time, I love to spend time with family and my dog, Sully, as well as go hiking and travel.” -Jaeleen

Lauli Santiago

Lauli Santiago

Newcomer Funeral Service Group Tradition of Caring Mortuary Scholarship: $500

Lauli describes her time at FMC as being “Fun and really rewarding.” She is able to meet like-minded people while learning more about a field that has interested her for so long, which “Makes all of this worth it.” When she is not studying, she can be found exploring new places with some of the friends she has made at the College. Some of which are like family now. “I never thought I would live long enough to see myself go back to college after a heart transplant, and I can't wait to see where this calling leads me!” - Lauli

Kora Michaud

Kora Michaud

Funeral Service Foundation: $2,500
Lost Coin Women’s Fund: $4,560

Kora began her apprenticeship with Cournoyer Funeral Home (Jaffrey, NH) in November of 2021. With her Nursing Assistant Certification, experience in providing private nursing to families, and hospice agency work, she found her passion and empathy to transition into funeral service. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Kora worked for The Department of Developmental Services for the State of Massachusetts providing personal care for the developmentally disabled and quarantined individuals. Kora, a resident of Massachusetts, lives with her three beautiful children. In her spare time, you may find her at Crimson Acres in Athol with her equestrian daughter, at a park playing hide and seek with her children or scoping out study spots within new restaurants. She is a big fan of baking and all baked goods.