Scholarships/Educational Foundation

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The ICCFA provides a variety of scholarships to attend ICCFA educational programs through the ICCFA Educational Foundation, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charity that supports the association's educational programs.

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ICCFA University
The ICCFA Educational Foundation's Scholarship Awards are presented annually to selected recipients. Applicants must be ICCFA members in good standing and employed in the cemetery, cremation and funeral profession for a minimum of two years.

The ICCFA Next Generation Committee has created a scholarship fund through the ICCFA Educational Foundation and will be offering scholarships to the 2016 session of ICCFA University. These scholarships will cover full tuition and meals as well as part of the recipients' hotel costs. In addition, the NextGen committee has created the Merendino Veterans Scholarship, a specially designated scholarship to be awarded to an active or veteran member of the armed forces or military reserves. This scholarship is named after Gino Merendino due to his initial and ongoing support of hiring veterans in our profession.

The Central States Cemetery Association made an endowment to the ICCFA Educational Foundation in 2009 to establish a scholarship award to ICCFAU for applicants from the states of Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.

The Western Cemetery Alliance made an endowment to the ICCFA Educational Foundation in 2010 in general support of the Foundation.

Wide World of Sales Conference
The Educational Foundation offers scholarships to pay for the registration fee for sales professionals to attend the Wide World of Sales Conference each year.

Fall Management Conference
The Educational Foundation offers the Fall Management Conference Scholarship to pay for the registration fee for a graduate of ICCFA University to attend the Fall Management Conference.


In addition to the ICCFA programs, several state and regional associations have offered scholarships to attend ICCFA University:

The Florida Cemetery, Cremation & Funeral Association awards one scholarship, each fiscal year, in the amount of $2,500 for an FCCFA member to attend the ICCFAU. Click here for complete details and to download the application.

The Southern Cemetery, Cremation & Funeral Association also runs a scholarship program and has begun awarding scholarships to ICCFAU. Visit for complete details or to download the application.

In the past, the Colorado Association of Cemeteries has awarded full scholarships to ICCFA University covering airfare, tuition and board housing. Learn more and download an application by clicking here.

The Massachusetts Cemetery Association offers scholarships not only to ICCFAU, but to other educational programs. Visit for more details.

Lasting Impact Awards

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$75,000 donor

$50,000 donor

$50,000 donor



$50,000 - $74,999
Live Oak Trust
Robert A. Gordon, Sr., CCFE, CCrE, CSE, Eternal Hills Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home

$25,000 - $49,999
Ron Robertson

$15,000 - $24,999
Ray & Vivian Frew/Green Hills Memorial Park
Next Generation Committee*
Ken Varner/Cypress Lawn
Memorial Classic Golf Tournament*
Central States Cemetery Association
Western Cemetery Alliance

$10,000 - $14,999
Cypress Lawn
Hap Bledsoe
Jim & Kim Price
Mark Krause

$2,000 - $9,999
Fred Lappin/Knollwood Cemetery Corporation
Jay Dodds & Brad Green/Signature Group
Jake Johnson/Johnson Consulting Group
Merendino Cemetery Care         
Gibraltar Remembrance Services
Celebris Memorial Services
International Memorialization Supply Association
Jack Wagatsuma         


$500 - $1,999
Anthony Guerra
Celebris Memorial Services Inc.
Darin Drabing
Gino Merendino/ Merendino Cemetery Care
Jake Johnson, Johnson Consulting Group
James and Kim Price
Jay Brammer
Mark J. Krause, CFuE
Carriage Services
Cypress Hills Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY
Dan Garrison
Ernie Heffner
Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary
Ken Lee
Larry Stuart Jr.
Ronald Robertson

$200 - $400
Charles Ged
Cold Spring Memorial Group
Dyanne Matzkevich
Jennifer Frew
Sinosource International
Frank Bantle
Kelvin Pennington
Laurens Fish, III
Michael & Victoria Uselton in memory of Charlie "Tig" Tighe
John Berge/Teamwork Production
Gwen Mooney
SinoSource International Co.
David Twiford

$100 - $150
Tribute Precast Systems
Kyle Nikola
Michael Eddy
Abigail Brammer Quiocho
Anthony Desmond/Cypress Hills Cemetery
Christine Hentges
Fred Miller
Mike Stephens
Nick Timpe
Thomas Daly, CCE, Cemetery Helpful Solutions

$5 - $50
Dave Shremshock
Jeff Smith
Theodore Samuel
Dr. Linda Grappin
Mark H. Bates
Rhonda Gustitis
Benny Mills
Benise Moody
Abagail Quiocho
Mary Disher

* in donations raised
** in kind


2016 ICCFA University Scholarship Winners

The ICCFA Educational Foundation has announced that it will award 20 ICCFA University scholarships this year. The recipients are:
Marie Anderson
Afp Horizon, Carrolton, TX
Made possible by Live Oak Bank
David J. Boyle
Town of Chemsford Cemetery, Chemsford, MA
Made possible by Memorial Classic Golf Tournament
David Brooks
St. Joseph's Cemetery & Morris Funeral Cottage, Cheraw, SC
Made possible by Gino Merendino Veterans Scholarship Fund
Kyle Butler
Green Hills Memorial Park, Ranchos Palos Verdes, CA
Made possible by Matthews
Rachel Dwyer
Allen Dave Funeral Home & Heritage Funeral Home, Harker Heights, TX
Made possible by Cypress Lawn/Kenneth Edward Varner Memorial Scholarship
Heather Felkel
Relyea Funeral Chapel, Boise, ID
Made possible by NGL National Guardian Life
Pamela Girdy
Allen Dave Funeral Home, Houston, TX
Made possible by Matthews
Zachary Gordon
Eternal Hills Memorial Gardens, Klamath Falls, OR
Made possible by NGL National Guardian Life
Cynthia Herbison
Polk Memorial Gardens/Williams Funeral Home, Columbia, TN
Made possible by Batesville
Kai Horn
Memorial Park & Funeral Home & Cemetery, Gainsville, GA
Made possible by Live Oak Bank
Matthew Morian
Lucas Funeral Home, Grapevine, TX
Made possible by NGL National Guardian Life
Stephen Mulder
Sunset Gardens and Einans Funeral Home, Richland, WA
Made possible by Matthews
Nathan Nardi
Rose Hill Cemetery of Hagerstown, Hagerstown, MD
Made possible by Regions Bank
Lorraine Piller
Biondan North American & Fabhaven, Alberta, Canada
Made possible by Batesville
Gail Rubin
A Good Goodbye, Albuquerque, NM
Made possible by Regions Bank
Jessica Summers
Kent Forest Lawn Funeral Home, Panama City, FL
Made possible by Batesville
Craig Stires
Dwayne R. Spence Funeral Home, Winchester, OH
Made possible by Memorial Classic Golf Tournament
Ron Swanson
Einan's At Sunset, Richland, WA
Made possible by Matthews
Lisa Vaeth
Association of Jewish Cemeteries, West Hartford, CT
Made possible by Next Gen Scholarship Fund
Stephanie Zimmerman
Forethought Life Insurance Company, Batesville, IN
Made possible by Memorial Classic Golf Tournament
Becky Zoch
City of Evansville Cemeteries, Evansville, IN
Made possible by Batesville