American Board of Funeral Service Education


ABFSE Meets in Nashville, TNThe 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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The American Board of Funeral Service Education held its biannual meetings
in Nashville, TN on October 13 - 16, 2021. Due to the pandemic, the work of ABFSE
has been conducted in a virtual environment, so it was great to gather for in-person
meetings again.

Representatives from twenty-five of the ABFSE programs attended meetings of the
Executive Committee, Committee on Accreditation and a Self Study Workshop and
posed for a photo during the NFDA Convention.


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blueshadow Annual ABFSE Curriculum Review

Each year Hilgenfeld Foundation for Mortuary Education sponsors the ABFSE Curriculum Review Workshop. Covid-19 prevented the traditional in-person workshop in 2020 and 2021, but curriculum review continued via Zoom. In 2020, ABFSE reviewed the Anatomy, Pathology, Sociology and History. The 2021 review session covered Embalming, Funeral Directing and Professional Business Communications.

Curriculum Workshop presented at Mid-America CollegeABFSE is indebted to the educators and licensees who dedicated two full days to the review process.

The last in-person curriculum review was held in conjunction with the CANA convention in Louisville, KY in 2019. Twenty-five educators and practitioners worked at Mid-America College of Funeral Service, Jeffersonville, IN to review the curriculum for Cremation, Funeral Home Management, Microbiology and Restorative Art.



ABFSE Curriculum Workshop 2019


blueshadow Meet the Scholarship Recipients

In the past academic year, ABFSE received 70 scholarship inquiries (68 undergrad and 2 post-grad in April 2022. Five (5) undergraduate scholarships were awarded for a total of $11,000. Meet our recipients. Scholarships are made possible due to the generosity of the Scholarship Sponsors recognized below.


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Ashton Camerot -ABFSE Scholarship Recipient

Jessica de Jesus -ABFSE Scholarship Recipient

Kami Gremillion -ABFSE Scholarship Recipient

Tammy Truong -ABFSE Scholarship Recipient

Robert Bergman
Worsham College of Mortuary Science
Wheeling, IL

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Ashton Camerot
Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science
Pittsburgh, PA
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Jessica de Jesus
Mt. Hood Community College
Gresham, OR
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Kami Gremillion
Cypress College
Cypress, CA
View bio here

Tammy Truong
Carl Sandburg College
Galesburg, IL
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blueshadow Colleagues in the News

Activity abounds at the ABFSE accredited schools and programs.
Click the links below to read more about special events and announcements.

San Antonio College receives Aspen Institute prize for 2021 Community College Excellence.

President of AAMI discusses nationwide enrollment trends
Connick discusses declining enrollment in

President of CCMS Inducted into US Army Quartermaster Hall of Fame
Lechner Induction Hall of Fame 2019

American River College

San Antonio College

University of District of Columbia Community College



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ABFSE 60th Annual Conference

ABFSE Summer Calendar
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May 18 - June 9
'Listening Tour'

June 2-5
Curriculum Review (Merchandising, Business Law, Ethics)

June 10
Strategic Plan review

June 15
ABFSE Directory. Confirm the info.

June 17
'Let's Talk'.  Ask your questions and hear current updates.

June 23
COA meets via Zoom.

July 22
Executive Committee quarterly meeting via Zoom.

Link to Webcast
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National Scholarship ProgramThe 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.

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Scholarship Sponsors

 Answering Service for Directors - ASD                Jim Augustine Memorial Fund             Bass-Mollett Publishers Inc.              Cremation Association of North America

   The Champion Company                          Church & Chapel Arts                                  Smart Director by Continental Computers, Inc.

      Dodge                                   Eagle's Wings Air - EWA                                          Heritage Club of NFDA

 Inman Shipping Worldwide                               National Association of Colleges of Mortuary Science                                  National Funeral Directors Association and the Heritage Club

           National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association                                   NMS - National Mortuary Shipping                                  NOMIS Publications

                                 PRECOA                           SC Funeral Directors Association                         Travel Plan by Inman                                                              

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