The Albert Baker Fund was started in 1964 by Christian Scientists living in Boston, Massachusetts, and in Northern California. They created a fund which provided low-cost loans for American college students. Each student was expected to repay the loan over 10 years, replenishing the fund for future generations. They named the fund after Albert Baker, the older brother of Mary Baker Eddy, who is credited with shepherding her education.
In the 1970’s, ABF began making loans to fund Christian Science nurses training. In 2001, we awarded the first grants for Christian Science nurses and we expanded our loan program to Christian Scientists in Canada. In 2002 we added grants to our financial aid awards for students in the U.S. and Canada. In 2006, we expanded our grants program to Africa, and in 2008 to Europe. In the coming years we hope to expand our grants program to reach Christian Scientists on every corner of the map. Learn more about Christian Science.
Since 1964, the generosity of Christian Scientists has enabled us to loan more than $12 million to over 3500 students. We measure the true impact of this investment in the growth and giving-back of our students. As they face the challenges and opportunities of their education with the understanding of Christian Science, they grow both as students and as Christian Scientists. We encourage each recipient to “pass the blessing forward” by contributing to the Christian Science Movement and the world. Read stories of gratitude.
Who is Albert Baker?
Albert Baker was Mary Baker Eddy’s beloved older brother who took a tender interest in her education and tutored her in Latin and Greek, and other courses he took at Dartmouth College. He graduated in 1834 and immediately joined the law office of Franklin Pierce, who became the 14th president of the United States.
In 1839, Albert was elected to the New Hampshire Legislature where he served until his untimely passing only three years later.
We are honored to follow Albert’s loving example. He unselfishly provided his sister with the benefits of education at a time when women were barred from college enrollment. Albert clearly shared his love of learning with his sister Mary, which no doubt inspired her lifelong search for Truth.
The Albert Baker Fund hopes to nurture the educational aspirations of today’s Christian Science students in much the same way that Albert encouraged and supported his sister Mary.