Educational Foundation

Thank you, Final Responders

Final responders are funeral professionals who often go unnoticed as they care for our loved ones who have died. They plan funeral ceremonies, cremations, conduct committal services at cemeteries, and comfort us through the darkness when we can’t be with our loved ones to say goodbye. The ICCFA Educational Foundation would like to say “thank you” to all final responders.

The ICCFA Educational Foundation presents, a website designed to thank our final responders and offer links to grief resources to those in need.

Education = Opportunity. Opportunity is Knocking: Apply for a Scholarship Today!

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.

You can make a difference by donating to the Educational Foundation.

Lasting Impact Awards

The Lasting Impact Award is presented annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to the profession in education and memorialization.

Scholarships Awarded

The Educational Foundation offers scholarships to pay for the registration fee for sales professionals to attend the DEAD Talks (Formerly Wide World of Sales conference) each year.

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

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

Educational Foundation Scholarships

Scholarships to DEAD Talks and the ICCFA University are awarded to ICCFA members who need financial assistance. Are you interested in applying?

Educational Foundation Board

Jim Price

President, Educational Foundation

Park Lawn Corporation – USA


Jill Muenich

Homesteaders Life Company

Rich Darby


Gwen Mooney

Cave Cemetery

Gino Merendino

Merendino Cemetery Care



Jay Dodds

Park Lawn Corporation

Kevin Gaffney

Funeral Directors Life

Jim Price

Park Lawn Corporation

Ken Varner

Cypress Lawn

Mitch Rose

The Woodlawn Cemetery

Chris Trainor


Poul Lemasters

ICCFA Ex-officio

Allen Dave

Allen Dave Funeral Directions

Jack E. Lechner, Jr., CFSP

Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science

Thank you to the following Foundation Donors!


Service Corporation International


Homesteaders Life Company

Regions Bank


The Memorial Classic Golf Tournament *


Crescent Memorial

The Roosevelt Investment Group, Inc.


Park Lawn Corp.



Matthews Memorialization

Answering Service for Directors

$50,000 & Above

Michigan Memorial
Gaffney Group
Sich Casket
NorthStar Memorial Group
Trigard/The Darby Family
Cypress Lawn – Kenneth Edward Verner Memorial Scholarship
Live Oak Bank
Robert A. Gordon, Sr.


Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc.
Eagles Wings Air


Ray & Vivian Frew / Green Hills Memorial Park
Jim & Kim Price
Central States Cemetery Association
Western Cemetery Alliance


Global Atlantic
Mark Krause / Krause Funeral Home
NGL National Guardian Life


Rich Fisher Consulting, LLC.
Gables Capital Management
Inglewood Park Cemetery
Merendino Cemetery Care
Jay Dodds & Brad Green / Signature Group
Jake Johnson / Johnson Consulting Group
Blair Nelsen / Nelsen Funeral Homes
Anthony Guerra / Guerra & Guiterrez Mortuaries
Jeff Kidwiler / Blackstone Memorial
Darin Drabing / Forest Lawn
McCleskey Mausoleums
Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary


Inglewood Memorial Park
NOMIS Publications
Bill Mercer
Mitch Rose / The Woodlawn Cemetery
Fred Lappin / Knollwood Cemetery Corp
Gibraltar Remembrance Services
Celebris Memorial Services
Mitch Rose / The Woodlawn Cemetery
Jack Wagatsuma
Hollingsworth & Brown, LLC