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.




ICCFA Scholarships

ICCFA Educational Foundation’s ICCFA University  Scholarship Awards

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.

DEAD Talks Sales conference Scholarships

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

2022 DEAD Talks will be held on January 12 – 14 at Bally’s Las Vegas. 


Women in Leadership ICCFA University Scholarship Awards

This financial award is to provide assistance for active female industry and community ICCFA members to further their careers through educational opportunities at the ICCFA University. *Made possible by the ICCFA Educational Foundation.

ICCFA University Scholarships

Merendino Veterans Scholarship

The ICCFA Next Gen 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.

Florida Cemetery, Cremation & Funeral Association Scholarship

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. 

Southern Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association Scholarship Program

The Southern Cemetery, Cremation & Funeral Association also runs a scholarship program and has begun awarding scholarships to ICCFAU. The Scholarship covers all registration fees, housing and meals for the ICCFA University for the calendar year in which awarded. Recipient is responsible for  their own transportation.

* 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.

I learned about the ICCFA U scholarship through Jeff Kidwiler’s presentation to University attendees. I was determined at that point to not only attend the University the next year, but also to apply for a scholarship.

As a small business, the scholarship is truly invaluable. Not only am I able to invest those resources back into my business, but I am also able to attend the University and learn from an outstanding faculty as well as my profession’s colleagues.

Darrell Hill

I was amazed by this opportunity! In one location, I had and still have the great experience to further my education from some of the truest icons and leaders in our vocation. Then add to this once-in-a-lifetime reality the great fringe benefit of making scores of new friends, and professional associates, and well, what can one person say, except WOW! The University experience has added new friendships to my professional network and opened my eyes to a whole new world of innovation and creativity, while at the same time learning from the best of the best.
Yvonne Slonaker

Cress Funeral & Cremation Services

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