Ones to Watch 2018

Deadline: June 15, 2017

We're looking for the next generation of standout funeral directors.

Do you know a mortuary student who shows special drive and promise? Someone poised to become a leader in the field? 

If you do, now's the time to nominate him or her for American Funeral Director's Ones to Watch.

We want to know why you think your student does more than make the grade, and why he or she deserves to be singled out. Individuals will be judged on community involvement, professional development, leadership and more.

Nominate a Student Online Today!

Why This Award? Two reasons.

First, AFD believes that developing the next generation of funeral directors is essential in adding real and sustained value to the profession.

Second, this award will help our readers stay in touch with the people who will be the future leaders of the profession as they advance in their careers.


Students recognized as the Ones to Watch will receive:

  • A certificate of recognition
  • Recognition in American Funeral Director's September 2018 issue
  • A complimentary two-year subscription to American Funeral Director magazine
Who is Eligible?

Exceptional mortuary students who will be graduating in 2018.

Judging Criteria
  • What sets this student apart from his or her peers?
  • How will this student make a positive impact on funeral service in the future?
  • Examples (if any) of community involvement.
  • Any extracurricular activities.

How to Enter 

We invite you to nominate a student or students for this recognition. We want to hear how the student(s) you are nominating best matches the judging category criteria. The following MUST be provided. 
By mail*: 
  1. A fully filled out and legible entry form 
  2. A 350- to 500-word letter of why the student is poised to become a leader in the field
  3. Mail Entries to:
    AFD's Ones to Watch
    3349 Highway 138
    Building D, Suite B
    Wall, NJ 07719
  1. A fully completed online form
  2. A 350- to 500-word letter (uploaded using our online form) of why the student is poised to become a leader in the field
*NOTE: All additional entry information, besides the entry form, should be typewritten.
ALL ENTRIES become property of Kates-Boylston Publications and will not be returned or individually acknowledged. Students selected to be profiled in our “Ones to Watch” feature will be contacted by our editorial staff in July 2018. Students should be prepared to be interviewed.

Previous Profiles:

2017 Ones To Watch

Featuring: Lance Carrier, Bethani Jacobsen, Henry D. Johnston, Marilyn Lim and Mika Ziv.

It was six years ago that American Funeral Director first reached out to mortuary directors and instructors throughout the country to nominate their best students to be featured as our “Ones to Watch,” which recognizes students who more than make the grade in school, in their jobs and in their communities. In the years since, we’ve had the privilege of profiling individuals who we expect will make their mark on funeral service. This year was no exception. Meet five students who are poised to make an impact on the funeral profession. We’re keeping an eye on them – and so should you.

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2016 Ones To Watch

Featuring: Daniel J. Groff, David Groff, Kathryn “Katy” McLean, Megan Schumacher, Leticia Alvarado and Matthew J. Vincentini.

To celebrate the fifth anniversary of “Ones to Watch,” we are introducing you to six students who are poised to make an impact on the funeral profession. We’re also catching up with some of our previous honorees. We’re keeping an eye on them – and so should you. 

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