Anthony Salato, of Knoxville, was awarded a scholarship to pursue his education at a mortuary science college during the 139th Annual Iowa Funeral Directors Association Convention.

The convention was held May 14-16 at the Prairie Meadows Hotel & Conference Center in Altoona.

Salato received the John F. Fulton Scholarship of $500. Scholarships awarded by the association at the convention are based on scholastic ability, leadership qualities, citizenship and interest in mortuary science.

Scholarships are provided by IFDA member funeral homes that contribute to the IFDA Education Memorial Scholarship Fund. Memorials are provided by member firms in the name of IFDA members and families of members who have died during the year.

Salato found his way to the funeral profession indirectly. His interest first started as a fire fighter/search and rescue team member. It was when Salato’s dad mentioned becoming a funeral director that he took it more seriously. Working at his local funeral home over the summer and breaks between college, Salato is confident in his decision to pursue a career in the funeral profession. His next step is to start mortuary science schooling in the fall of 2019.

IFDA represents over 700 Iowa licensed funeral directors and 425 funeral home establishments throughout the state. The mission of the IFDA is to promote and support funeral service excellence. To that end, IFDA promotes high standards within the field of funeral service through continuing education programs, legislative representation and service to Iowa communities.