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Allison Hirschman receives 2023 foundation scholarship - Phaneuf

Allison Hirschman receives 2023 foundation scholarship

The Phaneuf Family Foundation announced its 2023 scholarship recipient, Allison Hirschman. Allison is a student at the FINE Mortuary College in Massachusetts. 

Arthur O. “Buddy” Phaneuf,  president of Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium, and trustee and chairman of the foundation’s board, praised Allison. “Allison possesses the essential talents and empathy required of a top-notch funeral director. We find it vital to nurture the coming generation of funeral directors like her,” he said.

Allison currently apprentices at the Knight Funeral Home in White River Junction, Vermont, passionately assisting families through the challenging journey of planning a funeral and commemorating their loved ones. Besides her dedication to her profession and academics, she serves as an emergency dispatcher at the Grafton County Sheriff’s Department. She also finds joy creating cherished memories with her 4-year-old son, Waylon. 

The Phaneuf Family Foundation offers $1,000 scholarships to deserving students attending or accepted at mortuary colleges. The application process is available year-round, with foundation scholarships distributed in December and paid directly to the student’s institution. Students can apply through the foundation’s online platform

Established in 2019, the Phaneuf Family Foundation is a certified 501(c)3) charity dedicated to helping New Hampshire and Vermont residents who are unable to bear the full costs of a funeral. The foundation has seen a steady surge in both assistance requests and the critical need for donations to meet these needs. 

Word of the foundation’s service continues to spread across New Hampshire and Vermont, resulting in an increased number of requests. Regrettably, the frequency of families facing financial insecurity and unable to afford end-of-life services is rising. 

If you’re considering options for charitable donations as the year draws to a close, the Phaneuf Family Foundation invites you to include them in your generosity. Abiding by their motto, “Everyone deserves a dignified farewell,” your thoughtful contribution could play a crucial role in realizing this vision.

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