About the Memorial Classic Golf Tournament Scholarship
Each year the Memorial Classic Golf Tournament, hosted by Johnson Consulting Group raises money to honor the memory of an individual whose contribution to the profession has made a lasting impact.
This $1,000 annual scholarship is awarded to full- or part-time students of funeral service enrolled in ABFSE-accredited programs.
Recipients are selected by the Foundation’s Scholarship Sub-Committee, which is made up of members of the Board of Trustees and other members from the funeral service community.
2014 Memorial Classic Golf Tournament Scholarship Recipients
Gabrielle Bieber of Palmyra, Pa., is a first-year student at the ABFSE-accredited Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in Pittsburgh. “My decision to enter the funeral profession was cemented after an exceptional shadowing experience with the funeral director who had helped arrange my friend dear friend’s memorization,” said Bieber. “I consider it a privilege to walk with families through a trying time as they plan a tribute to their loves ones, and to reward their trust with dignity and respect.”
Stephen Crawford of Signal Hill, Calif., is a second-year student at Cypress College in Cypress, Calif. “Working in funeral service allows me to be a part of something so much bigger than myself,” said Crawford, who has worked in the profession for several years. “I want to change the lives of families while they are in the greatest time of need. I look forward to everything this profession has in store for me in the years to come.”
2013 Memorial Classic Golf Tournament Scholarship Recipients
Lisa Jacobson, of Washington, D.C., is slated to complete her Associate of Applied Science degree in Mortuary Science from the University of the District of Columbia Community College next year. “The desire to be of service to others has always been at the center of my career decisions,” said Jacobson. “But after the deaths of two loved ones within weeks of each other, I realized that it was the grieving process and the role which the funeral professionals played that planted the seed of a second career in funeral service. I have faith that wherever my path leads, I will always be able to find the funeral service profession personally fulfilling.”
Lauren Nelson, of Hancock, Minn., is a fourth-year student at the University of Minnesota in its Program of Mortuary Science. Nelson has planned on a career in the funeral service profession since high school, after several positive experiences with her hometown funeral director. “I feel like it is such a great responsibility to be taking care of someone’s loved one,” said Nelson. “And I have held several jobs that have helped prepare me for what I believe I have been called to do.”
Both Nelson and Jacobson were chosen from a field of several dozen applicants because of their commitment to the funeral service profession and deep interest in pioneering new ways to assist families with the memorialization of a loved one.
Memorial Classic Golf Tournament Honor Roll
About John Morrow:
A licensed funeral director for over 40 years, John Morrow began his career in1957 working in his family’s funeral home in Houston. When the firm was sold to Service Corporation International (SCI) in 1970, Morrow became a vice president of the company. He worked with SCI for the next four decades earning the title of executive vice-president heading up corporate development, the position from which he retired in 2000. Morrow travelled extensively through his career and into retirement creating lasting relationships along the way. He was known throughout the funeral service profession as a respected mentor, strong leader and friend to all.
Dave Hirt had a life-long commitment to funeral service. He spent 33 years as a part of Batesville Casket Company, starting as a member of the sales department and, at the time of his retirement, President and CEO. He played a major role in the development of Johnson Consulting Group. He was a past board member of the Funeral Service Foundation.
Bill Bischoff was a longtime leader in the profession, serving as Vice President of Sales for Hillenbrand Industries for 20 years, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Aurora Casket Company for 10 years, and a consultant to Homesteaders Life Insurance Company.
Joe Weatherford’s commitment to the profession spanned nearly six decades. Throughout his career as a funeral director, Weatherford owned funeral homes in Oklahoma, Florida and Arkansas. Weatherford served as President of the Oklahoma Funeral Directors Association from 1970-1971 and was also appointed to the Oklahoma Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers.