Snider-Robinson recipient of Leadership Academy Scholarship

Abby Snider-Robinson

Abby Snider-Robinson

DEERFIELD, ILL. — Selected Independent Funeral Homes Educational Trust has chosen Abby Snider-Robinson as its third recipient of the Selected Leadership Academy Scholarship.

Snider-Robinson, funeral director at Baker-Hazel & Snider Funeral Home & Crematory in Dayton, was selected from a notable field of candidates to participate in the Selected Leadership Academy, a two-year structured program offered exclusively to members of Selected Independent Funeral Homes.

Snider-Robinson comes from a family with a history in funeral service. She is a fourth generation funeral director, and the first female in her family. The firm was started 75 years ago by her great-grandfather Eugene Baker in 1941.

“Since age twelve, I knew this is what I wanted to do,” said Snider-Robinson. “I wanted to be just like my dad.”

She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Leadership Communications and Art Studio and worked at the firm on summers and weekends. She officially began working full time in 2010 and earned her funeral director’s license in May of 2013.

“I grew up in the funeral business and I could not image myself in any other profession,” said Snider-Robinson. “ I am blessed to have the role models and co-workers that I have around me.

The scholarship will cover Snider-Robinson’s registration fee for the two-year enrollment of the 2016 Leadership Academy class. She will also receive a reimbursement payment each year to waive the cost of books. The total estimated value of this scholarship is $4,890.

Any individual currently employed full-time (and not a majority owner) at a firm maintaining full membership in Selected Independent Funeral Homes is eligible to apply.

Information about the program, including application deadlines as well as the application can be accessed on the official website at

The Leadership Academy Scholarship is one of several programs of the Selected Educational Trust which was founded by Selected Independent Funeral Homes, a worldwide professional association of independent, locally-owned funeral homes founded in 1917. By creating the program, the Trust hopes to encourage involvement in the Leadership Academy, fostering more leaders within the funeral service profession.

Established in 1982, the Selected Independent Funeral Homes’ Educational Trust strives to enrich the professionalism of the independent funeral practitioner through lifelong learning and is dedicated to funding the development and administration of research initiatives, assistance grants, award programs and the presentation of educational programs dealing with business management, counseling, personnel management and other topics of importance and interest to the members of Selected and independently owned and operated funeral home professionals. More information on the Selected Educational Trust and its activities can be found at

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Reach Baker-Hazel & Snider Funeral Home & Crematory at (937) 274-1151.