American Board of Funeral Service Education

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The American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE)
The ABFSE serves as the national academic accreditation agency for college and university programs in Funeral Service and Mortuary Science Education.  Although its roots go back to the 1940's, the ABFSE became an autonomous agency in 1962. The accrediting function of ABFSE is recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.

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ABFSE Summer MeetingABFSE Curriculum Review Workshop
The annual ABFSE curriculum review workshop was held June 2-4, 2016 at Cypress College in Cypress, CA. The Hilgenfeld Family Foundation for Mortuary Education once again graciously supported the curriculum review and update process.

ABFSE offers a hearty thanks to the Hilgenfeld family for their support, to the staff at Cypress College for their coordination of details and their hospitality and particularly to the participants who volunteer their time to insure that the ABFSE curriculum is pertinent and timely.

    2016 Hilgenfeld Family Curriculum Workshop participants: back row (left to right) - Gary Brown (St. Petersburg Community College), Bob Arvidson (Worsham College of Mortuary Science), Brian Mullins (Dallas Institute of Funeral Service,); Second row - Jeff Zeally (Salt Lake Community College), Mary Allen-Martin (San Antonio College), Shawna de la Cruz (ICCFA), Damon de la Cruz (American River College), Tony Wallace (Gupton-Jones College); Third row - Mark Evely (Wayne State University), Sally Pike (ABFSE), Glenn Bower (Cypress College), Lacy Robinson (NFDA); Fourth row - Wayne Cavender (Dallas Institute of Funeral Service), Karen Scott (Malcolm X College); Front row - Elise-Marie Surucu (Cypress College), Jolena Grande (Cypress College), Dede Frank (Worsham College of Mortuary Science), Martha Thayer (Arapahoe Community College)

    Not shown: Craig Emmick (Lake Washington Institute of Technology), Donita Greene (Catonsville Community College of Baltimore County), Keri Haines (ICFSEB), Patricia Traffas (ICFSEB), Shun Newbern (NFD&MA)

    blueshadowMeet the Scholarship Recipients

    ABFSE Scholarship Committee made 10 scholarship awards totaling $14,000 in 2016. 101 application inquiries were received and 42 completed applications were considered.

    Meet two of our October 2016 Scholarship recipients:

    Shannon Elliott - ABFSE Scholarship Recipient




    Shannon Elliott (Vincennes University)
    undergraduate scholarship recipient
    Shannon Elliott’s Bio

    Sarah Stopyra - ABFSE Scholarship Recipient




    Sarah Stopyra
    (Mt. Ida College)
    post-graduate scholarship recipient
    Sarah Stopyra’s Bio

    View All the Recipients of the Undergraduate Awards


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ABFSE 55th Annual Conference
April 18-22, 2017
Double Tree Hotel (formerly Springmaid Beach)
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

October 26-28, 2017
COA and other committee meetings
Boston, MA

April 2018
ABFSE Annual Meeting
Cypress, CA


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cfda-gradcap02The National
Scholarship Program

of the American
Board of Funeral Service Education provides financial awards to students enrolled in funeral service or mortuary science programs to assist them in obtaining their professional education.

Apply for your Scholarship Online!


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Scholarship Sponsors

Answering Service for Directors - ASD                Church & Chapel Arts               Jim Augustine Memorial Fund              National Association of Colleges of Mortuary Science               National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association

          National Funeral Directors Association and the Heritage Club         Heritage Club of NFDA            NOMIS Publications          SC Funeral Directors Association            University Mortuary Science Education Association         


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