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Garbrick and Wilkinson Announced as Recipients of Fall 2022 Second-Career Scholarships

LINCOLNSHIRE, IL — December 19, 2022 — Selected Independent Funeral Homes’ Educational Trust has announced two new recipients of the Second-Career Scholarship in the amount of $1,500 each. The winners are Alexis Garbrick and Kurtis Wilkinson. This cycle of the Trust’s signature scholarship program is sponsored by the Davis Whitehall Company and was created to meet the educational needs of the increasing number of second-career professionals entering independent funeral service seeking positions as funeral directors, embalmers and future leaders.

Alexis Garbrick

Kurtis Wilkinson

Alexis Garbrick, enrolled in the Chandler Gilbert Community College in Chandler, AZ, will graduate in May 2023 and is committed to serving her community. Garbrick comes to the funeral service profession after working more than 3 years as an Emergency Medical Technician in Mesa, AZ.

“I truly believe the Second-Career Scholarship will be the most helpful in providing the financial assistance for my second career as a funeral director and embalmer,” said Garbrick. “My entire life, I always wanted to help; I was born to help. I was an advocate for each patient I came across [as an EMT] and for those who fought their last fight. From First Responder to Last Responder.”

Kurtis Wilkinson is set to graduate from Salt Lake Community College in May 2023. Wilkinson has spent the last 12 years building a career in higher education. “Working in funeral service has changed my life. It has allowed me to create life goals for myself that will not only allow me to work as a funeral director but to also be able to teach other students about this career opportunity in funeral service,” said Wilkinson. “I was meant to work in this field, and I understand that this is the career that I belong in.”

“It is the greatest fulfillment of the Trust’s mission, when we can continue to provide financial support in the form of educational scholarships to such deserving young professionals.” said Stefanie Favia, Senior Director of Development with the Selected Educational Trust. “We also want to thank Terry School of the Davis Whitehall Company for his generosity in sponsoring this scholarship program.” continued Favia. “Without that support, these scholarships would not be possible.”

Since the award was first launched in late 2010, the Board of Trustees have awarded more than 50 Second-Career Scholarships to deserving individuals seeking a career in funeral service.

For more information about the Selected Educational Trust, visit or contact Stefanie Favia, Senior Director of Development, at


About the Selected Educational Trust
The mission of the Selected Educational Trust ( is to provide the best educational opportunities for the advancement and support of all who work within the independent funeral service profession. To fulfill this mission, the Trust provides programs which offer scholarships to mortuary science students and funeral service professionals, education programs serving to bridge the gap between school and on-the-job training through its Institute for Exceptional Funeral Service ( and networking and employment opportunities through its Workforce Development Centers.

Images included: Headshot of Alexis Garbrick and Kurtis Wilkinson

Contact: Stefanie Favia

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