American Board of Funeral Service Education


ABFSE Meets in Baltimore, MDThe 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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blueshadow ABFSE Meets in Baltimore, MD

The American Board of Funeral Service Education met October 8, 2022 for strategic planning purposes. October 9, 2022 a Self study workshop was led by Executive Director, Robert C. Smith III. Colleagues met up at the NFDA Convention held October 7 - 12 in the same location.


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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 85 undergraduate scholarship inquiries in October 2022. Five (5) undergraduate scholarships were awarded for a total of $10,000. Meet our recipients. Scholarships are made possible due to the generosity of the Scholarship Sponsors recognized below.

A student from Pittsburgh Institute -ABFSE Scholarship Recipient

Lillyan Fuentes -ABFSE Scholarship Recipient

Alexandra Leib -ABFSE Scholarship Recipient

Wren Melanson -ABFSE Scholarship Recipient

Harleigh Wildesen -ABFSE Scholarship Recipient

A student from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science,  Pittsburgh, PA
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Lillyan Fuentes
American Academy McAllister Institute, New York, NY
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Alexandra Leib
Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
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Wren Melanson
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN
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Harleigh Wildesen
Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, Pittsburgh, PA
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blueshadow Colleagues in the News

Activity abounds at the ABFSE accredited schools and programs.
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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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National Scholarship ProgramThe National
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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                                        Kelco Supply                                       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                                                              

                                               trigard-logo                                                Tuesday Evening Publications                                                            University Mortuary Science Education Association                    


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