Engaging with Policymakers at the Advocacy Summit


The NFDA Advocacy Summit is designed to build a broader understanding of community and strengthen your leadership skills as you engage with policymakers and colleagues from across the country. On Capitol Hill, you’ll advocate on legislative and regulatory issues that affect funeral service professionals and small businesses. Not only will you have the opportunity to educate members of Congress on the issues, but you will also enjoy a variety of networking opportunities and explore great landmarks at our nation’s capital.

While the 2021 & 2022 conference was cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Funeral Service Foundation plans to offer up to seven scholarships to attend the 2024 Advocacy Summit. The scholarships will cover two nights of accommodations at a host hotel, registration fees, and up to $500 in travel reimbursement.



Further submission requirements and application deadlines will be available in early 2024.

  • The scholarship is open to mortuary science students enrolled in ABFSE-accredited programs, licensed funeral directors 40 years of age or younger, or funeral directors new to the profession and first licensed within the last five years.
  • Scholarships will be awarded without regard to race, religious beliefs, age, national origin, or disability.
  • Scholarships are not renewable and a candidate may only receive this award once.
  • Recipients are required to attend all summit functions, and should plan travel accordingly.
  • If unable to attend designated scholarship events, the scholarship recipient will forfeit his or her scholarship for that year, but may apply in subsequent years.
  • All scholarships are subject to available funds.
  • All award decisions of the Funeral Service Foundation are final.
  • Alternates may be selected in the event that a scholarship recipient decides not to accept the award.
  • Only completed applications will be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • The Funeral Service Foundation reserves the right to eliminate from consideration incomplete applications without further notice to the applicant.
Capitol Dome


Devin Cole
Little Rock, AR

“Follower of Christ. Amateur Golfer. Professional Servant. Adored his family.”

Dave Hunter
Mansfield, MA

“If it is to be, it is up to me.”

Rodney McFarland
Funerals by McFarland,
Huntersville, NC

“A beloved husband and father. A true public servant.”

Damon Wenig
Wenig Funeral Home,
Sheboygan Falls, WI

“Live your epitaph”

Judith Conway
Neosho, MO

“Always learning. Sometimes stumped. Never gave up. “

Sam James
James Funeral Home,
Monroe, LA

“Sam loved his Savior, his family and his community.”

Joy Rougeou
Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service,
Houston, TX

“Above all she desired knowledge and to serve.”

Andrew Yaggie
Glende-Nilson Funeral Home,
Fergus Falls, MN

“Show gratitude, stay humble, and be kind.”