Realize Your Dream Foundation

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

A strong advocate of education, the founder of CMS Mid-Atlantic established the CMS Realize Your Dream Foundation, to provide financial support to local high school seniors pursuing collegiate studies. CMS Realize Your Dream Foundation offers this wonderful opportunity in several of the communities in which CMS-affiliated properties are located. In addition to completing the scholarship application and maintaining a 3.2 GPA or higher, students must submit the following:

  • Total family size
  • Complete high school transcripts
  • An outline of community work projects
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A 400– to 600–word typed essay describing how higher education will help applicants realize their dreams

For more information about this scholarship opportunity or to receive an application, please call us at 888-536-1402 ext. 2238 or send an email to:

Read about the 2016 Realize Your Dream Scholarship Recipient here.

Friends of Rural Cemeteries

With a family history rooted in the cemetery business for more than 60 years, Bernard Stoecklein, Chairman and CEO of CMS Mid-Atlantic, Inc., has developed a deep passion for the profession. He likewise feels a responsibility for under-managed cemeteries and memorial parks, recognizing that they serve as foundations for a community’s history.

In 2000, Mr. Stoecklein founded Friends of Rural Cemeteries, Inc., a nonprofit organization to aid distressed cemeteries through guidance and fundraising initiatives, in hopes of improving their operations and preserving their heritage.

If your cemetery needs a helping hand or if you would like to obtain information about Friends of Rural Cemeteries, Inc., please call 888-536-1402 ext. 2238 or visit