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.
ABFSE 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)
Meet 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:
View All the Recipients of the Undergraduate Awards
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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