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.

Find an ABFSE Accredited Program or Schoolblueshadow ABFSE meets in Nashville, TN and Dallas, TX

The American Board of Funeral Service Education held its 2021-22 meetings in Nashville, TN on October 13-16, 2021 and in Dallas, TX on April 5-8, 2022.

Representatives from 25 ABFSE programs attended meetings of the Executive Committee, Committee on Accreditation and a Self study Workshop in Nashville. The ABFSE Annual Meeting was in Dallas with representatives from 49 schools in attendance and 9 participating via webcast hosted by Tribucast.


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blueshadow Annual ABFSE Curriculum Review

Each year the Hilgenfeld Family Foundation for Mortuary Education sponsors the ABFSE Curriculum Review Workshop. Tidewater Community College served as host for the 2022 ABFSE curriculum review session June 2-4, 2022. The curriculum outlines for Merchandising, Business Law and Ethics were evaluated.  Click here for more details.

ABFSE 2022 Curriculum Workshop


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
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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

San Antonio College

University of District of Columbia Community College



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Town Hall and Professional Development notes
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ABFSE Fall Calendar
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September 30, 2022
Town Hall
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September 30, 2022

Curriculum outlines comments due

October 8, 2022
Strategic Planning-Baltimore, MD

October 9, 2022
Self study Workshop

October 19-20, 2022
COA in Chicago, IL

October 21, 2022
Executive Committee (via zoom)

November 2, 2022
Assessment Workshop
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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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