The Albert Baker Fund https://www.albertbakerfund.org Educating Christian Scientists, Blessing the World Wed, 28 Sep 2022 22:35:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.0.2 https://www.albertbakerfund.org/files/2017/03/cropped-ABF_logo_sq-32x32.png The Albert Baker Fund https://www.albertbakerfund.org 32 32 31187602 What will schools of the future look like? Net Effect returns Friday, September 23 with educator Dan LaBar https://www.albertbakerfund.org/2022/09/16/net-effect-career-conversations-and-connections-2-2-2/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 16:35:41 +0000 https://www.albertbakerfund.org/?p=9660 Ca Webinar Cc Panels

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Several times a year The Albert Baker Fund is bringing you conversations with valued members of our community. In each session, guests share impactful events from their own education and careers, and how they are in turn making a positive impact in the world. Through Net Effect conversations our guests offer insights that you can apply to your career right now. Scroll down to learn about our September 23rd guest, Dan LaBar, innovative educator and community-builder.

Conversations are broadcast live on scheduled Fridays at 3 p.m. PT, through Zoom, and available for replay in our Net Effect archive after that.

Once you register, you’re registered for all future episodes and replays.

We are excited to bring these conversations straight to you, to keep you inspired and driven. Since launching the Net Effect in April 2020, we’ve sat down with artists, activists, educators, philanthropists, entrepreneurs, executives, coaches, authors, and more.

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Join us live for Net Effect Episode 51 on Friday, September 23 at 3 pm PT.

Topic:  What will schools of the future look like?

About our Guest
Dan LaBar is an experienced educator who has spent his entire career creating and leading innovative schools that meet the varied learning needs of students at all grade levels. He knows what works!

He has led K-12 personalized-learning charter schools, an award-winning college-prep high school, a K-8 Waldorf school, and a traditional district middle school. During his 23-year career Dan has served over 9,000 students and 400 teachers spanning 22 California counties.

Dan’s view of all schools is that they are vital hubs of their communities. During the aftermath of the 2018 Camp Fire that burned 240 square miles in Butte County, California, he collaborated with fellow educators to create the Voices Strong United Choir that brought together students from 5 local high schools. The choir performed songs of hope, healing, and resilience that supported displaced students through their recovery process. Performances were shared locally and globally. The choir was invited to perform at the music industry’s largest global trade show and was featured in the International Voices of America media outlet which is translated into 47 languages.

Currently, Dan is principal of a public charter school serving four rural Northern California counties that offers an accredited personalized-learning program for students who thrive in a non-traditional setting.

In his spare time, Dan serves as a University Supervisor at California State University, Chico, coaching graduate students to become future teachers. He is the founder of a local Education Foundation, has served on a local school board, and mentors new school administrators.

Dan has a BA degree in History from Cal State University, Chico and three education credentials from the State of California. He anticipates completing his Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Grand Canyon University in the Spring of 2023.

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Special ABF Scholarships Awarded to 3 Outstanding Students https://www.albertbakerfund.org/2022/08/24/special-abf-scholarships-awarded-to-3-outstanding-students/ https://www.albertbakerfund.org/2022/08/24/special-abf-scholarships-awarded-to-3-outstanding-students/#respond Wed, 24 Aug 2022 22:15:54 +0000 https://www.albertbakerfund.org/?p=9639 Wesley MillsHelen and John Spangler Memorial Endowed Scholarship–Wesley Mills

Wesley Mills of Chicago, Illinois, is the recipient of this year’s Helen and John Spangler Memorial Endowed Scholarship. This fall Wes is beginning a one-year Master of Arts Program in the Humanities with a concentration in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago. Wes shared this gratitude for his scholarship as follows: “I intend to fully take advantage of every opportunity afforded to me throughout the master’s program, and to use it as a springboard to pursue a PhD and teaching career in cinema studies, sharing my passion for storytelling through educating future generations.”

This scholarship was established by granddaughter Jane Tritt, and great-grandson Scott Tritt, in honor of Helen Spangler CSB and John G. Spangler.

Kendra Scott FoggJean Burgdorff Memorial Endowed Music Scholarship–Kendra Scott Fogg

This year’s Jean Burgdorff Memorial Endowed Scholarship was awarded to Kendra Scott Fogg of Lexington, South Carolina to attend the Vocal Pedagogy Professional Workshop taught by Boston Conservatory faculty at Berklee College of Music. In her note of gratitude, Kendra shared that the workshop …”has given me a complete refresh on my approach to singing and teaching.” And she was able to apply the new techniques to a solo she sang at The Mother Church after the workshop. Kendra teaches private voice lessons and sings as a soloist in Christian Science branch churches.

This scholarship was established in memory of Jean Burgdorff, a dedicated humanitarian and Christian Scientist devoted to music and the arts.

Nick LynchUC Davis Endowed Scholarship–Nick Lynch

Nick Lynch of Foresthill, California, is the first recipient of the newly established UC Davis Endowed Scholarship. Nick’s scholarship helped pay his tuition to complete the Professional Coaching for Life and Work Certificate, a five month program offered by UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education. Nick explains his goal, “My whole purpose for returning to school at a non-traditional time is to equip myself with the tools to help as many people as possible. The UC Davis certificate program will further establish my credibility, deepen my understanding, and continue my progress in blessing others–my high goal for my education.”

This scholarship was established by the Christian Science Organization (CSO) at the University of California Davis to support students attending the university.


If you are interested in funding a special scholarship to support Christian Scientists studying at a specific institution of higher education, pursuing a particular field of study, or residing in a specific state, please contact Janee Shaw, Chief Development Officer at (916) 594-9513.

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The Albert Baker Fund Summer 2022 Newsletter https://www.albertbakerfund.org/2022/07/29/the-albert-baker-fund-summer-2022-newsletter/ Fri, 29 Jul 2022 22:38:20 +0000 https://www.albertbakerfund.org/?p=9606 Home   Download PDF   Make a Gift
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Special ABF Webinar June 14 Open to All–Meet Aly Mikesell, a Junior at Baylor University https://www.albertbakerfund.org/2022/06/01/special-abf-webinar-june-14-open-to-all/ https://www.albertbakerfund.org/2022/06/01/special-abf-webinar-june-14-open-to-all/#respond Wed, 01 Jun 2022 17:01:40 +0000 https://www.albertbakerfund.org/?p=9502 Learn how ABF is investing in the education of young Christian Scientists!

Who qualifies for a scholarship? How do they apply? What is the impact on their education?

Plus…how one student’s college experience made spiritual growth a priority.

Join us by zoom on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, 4:00-4:45 pm Pacific Time.

(7 pm ET, 6 pm CT, 5 pm MT.)

 

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Speakers

Joe Ritter

Joe Ritter, CEO, of The Albert Baker Fund will share how ABF is responding to students’ educational needs, and how church members can help us connect with students in need.

Aly Mikesell

Aly Mikesell, ABF Scholarship Recipient, is entering her junior year at Baylor University, a private Christian University in Texas. Having spent her whole life in the Christian  Science community, Aly brings a unique perspective on how to share Christian Science with other Christians.

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Dr. Libby Sheiern Joins ABF as Scholarships and Student Success Manager https://www.albertbakerfund.org/2022/05/31/dr-libby-sheiern-joins-abf-as-scholarships-and-student-success-manager/ https://www.albertbakerfund.org/2022/05/31/dr-libby-sheiern-joins-abf-as-scholarships-and-student-success-manager/#respond Tue, 31 May 2022 23:55:27 +0000 https://www.albertbakerfund.org/?p=9512 Img 0257 CasualWe are delighted to announce that Dr. Libby Scheiern will be joining The Albert Baker Fund team as Scholarships and Student Success Manager beginning Monday, June 27. In this role, she will manage all of The Albert Baker Fund’s (ABF) scholarship programs in the US, Canada, Europe, and Africa. 

Dr. Scheiern will work closely with Robin Jones, who will assist with developing a mentoring program to support ABF students on their paths through higher education journeys into their careers.

“Dr. Scheiern is a wonderful addition to our team,” said Joe Ritter, CEO of The Albert Baker Fund.Her strong leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills will support the continued transformation of The Albert Baker Fund.”

Dr. Scheiern has extensive experience as a teacher, college professor, administrator, and education consultant, serving more than four decades in the education field. 

Among her accomplishments, she has developed successful student support groups, including tutoring and mentoring programs; and directed the Center for Teaching and Learning at Principia College. Most recently she was 6th Grade Lead Teacher at Berkeley Hall School in Los Angeles. 

“I am excited to work with Dr. Ritter and the team for the continuing unfoldment of the Albert Baker Fund mission, and the role it plays in supporting Christian Scientists and helping to fulfill their purpose,” said Dr. Scheiern.

Dr. Scheiern earned her BA in Education and Sociology from Principia College, her MA in Psychology from Pepperdine University, and her Ph.D in Curriculum, Instruction, and Design from the University of Chicago.

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David Westphal, ABF trustee and former recipient, shares why he funded a Pass Your Blessings Forward Scholarship https://www.albertbakerfund.org/2022/05/23/david-westphal-abf-trustee-and-former-recipient-shares-why-he-funded-a-pass-your-blessings-forward-scholarship/ https://www.albertbakerfund.org/2022/05/23/david-westphal-abf-trustee-and-former-recipient-shares-why-he-funded-a-pass-your-blessings-forward-scholarship/#respond Mon, 23 May 2022 23:35:12 +0000 https://www.albertbakerfund.org/?p=9479 David Westphal, Trustee

Dear Friends,

I am writing to you today as a fellow Christian Scientist who, like you, values the work of The Albert Baker Fund (ABF) to support young Christian Scientists. In fact, I can still remember how I felt when I learned that ABF could help me pay for college.

My first reaction was elation! My family was struggling financially, and the loans I received from ABF were just what I needed to pay for my first year of college.

My second feeling was an overwhelming sense of gratitude to the Christian Scientists I had never met who made this possible.

Just knowing that there were people out there who were supporting me and believing in me reminded me to think more about my purpose in life and my practice of Christian Science. I felt like I was part of a community that was looking out for me.

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Helping young Christian Scientists afford college

Over the years, I have looked for ways to pass forward the blessings I received from ABF to the next generation of young Christian Scientists. So when I was asked to serve as a trustee, I eagerly accepted.

Recently, the ABF trustees have been considering whether to continue awarding loans and scholarships in a package to each student.

I am pleased to share with you that ABF has made the decision to move forward with awarding only scholarships. We are delighted to help students graduate with less debt.

Our next step is to replace the loan with a new $1,500 scholarship we have named the Pass Your Blessings Forward Scholarship. This way students will receive the same amount they have come to rely on. To accomplish this, we need your help.

Here’s how the scholarship works

When you fund a Pass Your Blessings Forward Scholarship, you are matched to a student who will receive your $1,500 Pass Your Blessings Forward Scholarship and a $3,000 Albert Baker Scholarship, for a total award of $4,500. When the award is made, we will notify you of the student whom you are supporting.

An invitation to join me

I am excited to be one of the first to fund a Pass Your Blessings Forward Scholarship and invite you to join me! You can give in one of two ways:

I am grateful for the many blessings I received

Years ago, when I received college funding from The Albert Baker Fund, I never imagined I would be in a position to give back.

What I love about this scholarship is that it is not just about writing a check to pay back what you received but thinking about the blessings of your education, the love and support you received from your community, and how you can pass these on to a student today.

If you would like to join me in passing your blessings forward, I hope you will consider this wonderful opportunity to help young Christian Scientists fund their education. If you have any questions, please contact Janee Shaw at 916-594-9513 (option 3) or janee.shaw@albertbakerfund.org.

Students have already started applying for fall scholarships, so we hope to hear from you soon.

Gratefully,
Signed, David Westphal
David Westphal, Trustee
The Albert Baker Fund

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Friday May 20: Meet Jill Hamilton, a leader in the clean tech industry and staunch supporter of climate justice https://www.albertbakerfund.org/2022/05/11/net-effect-career-conversations-and-connections-2-2/ Thu, 12 May 2022 01:26:44 +0000 https://www.albertbakerfund.org/?p=9463 Ca Webinar Cc Panels

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Several times a year The Albert Baker Fund is bringing you conversations with valued members of our community. In each session, guests share impactful events from their own education and careers, and how they are in turn making a positive impact in the world. Through Net Effect conversations our guests offer insights that you can apply to your career right now. Scroll down to learn about our May 20 guest, Jill Hamilton, President and Founder of Sustainable Energy Strategies, Inc. and a leader in the clean tech industry.

Conversations are broadcast live on scheduled Fridays at 3 p.m. PT, through Zoom, and available for replay in our Net Effect archive after that.

If you have not registered and would like to receive the edited recording register now! Once you register, you’re registered for all future episodes and replays.

We are excited to bring these conversations straight to you, to keep you inspired and driven. Since launching the Net Effect in April 2020, we’ve sat down with artists, activists, educators, philanthropists, entrepreneurs, executives, coaches, authors, and more.

We also offer direct access to our guests through the ABF Career Alliance, giving you the ability to connect one-to-one with career mentors who can help you with the next step in your career.

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Join us live for Net Effect Episode 50 on Friday, May 20 at 3 pm PT.

Topic:  What does sustainable energy look like in the  future?

About our Guest
Our featured guest is Jill Hamilton, President and Founder of Sustainable Energy Strategies (SESI), Inc. located in Fairfax, VA. For more than 20 years, Ms. Hamilton has provided the clean tech industry with leadership on funding and public awareness. As President of SESI, she leverages alternative fuels industry funds with public and private resources for her clients, as well as manages their federal grant programs.  She provides business plans, project management and technical support for biofuel infrastructure development, including market research, fleet analysis, equipment assessment, and fleet and retailer liaison efforts. 

Ms. Hamilton also coordinates public outreach activities to promote awareness of biofuel transportation technologies; authors alternative fuel articles, presentations and speeches; manages media and and prepares alternative fuel marketing strategies. She is a staunch supporter of climate justice.

Ms. Hamilton attended the University of Missouri and graduated with honors from Principia College in Elsah, Illinois with a BS in Environmental Sciences and a minor in Education. 

 

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The Albert Baker Fund Winter 2022 Newsletter https://www.albertbakerfund.org/2022/03/08/the-albert-baker-fund-winter-2022-newsletter/ Tue, 08 Mar 2022 18:53:21 +0000 https://www.albertbakerfund.org/?p=9378 Home   Download PDF   Make a Gift
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Invitation to branch churches and societies: Let’s meet via Zoom! https://www.albertbakerfund.org/2022/02/14/opportunity-for-churches-to-meet-with-abf-by-zoom/ https://www.albertbakerfund.org/2022/02/14/opportunity-for-churches-to-meet-with-abf-by-zoom/#respond Tue, 15 Feb 2022 00:00:18 +0000 https://www.albertbakerfund.org/?p=8610 “Many thanks for your presentation to our meeting last night…
you helped us ‘enlarge the place of our tent.'”
(from a member of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Ipswich, MA)

 

The Albert Baker Fund (ABF) is currently scheduling Zoom meetings with Christian Science churches that would like to learn how The Albert Baker Fund supports the education of young Christian Scientists attending college.

The next church zoom meeting will take place on Monday, April 4, at 5 pm Pacific Time. Any church member may attend and register here.

Ipswich Church

During our time together, Joe Ritter, ABF’s CEO, will provide a brief overview of ABF’s scholarship programs and how scholarships are awarded. He will be joined by a scholarship recipient who will share why receiving an Albert Baker Scholarship was important to them and how they are applying Christian Science in their life. There will be plenty of time for your questions and answers. “We’ve loved meeting ‘face-to-face’ with our church communities and sharing the spiritual resilience of the young Christian Scientists we’ve been able to help on their educational journey,” says Ritter.

The meeting format is entirely flexible based on the needs and desires of the host church. Some churches have held a special meeting or included it as part of their membership meeting. Others have invited nearby churches to join them. One church arranged a special meeting for high school Sunday School students and their parents so that they can learn more about ABF programs. The lengths of meetings can be tailored from 20 minutes to 60 minutes.

If you or your church is interested in scheduling a Zoom meeting with ABF, or would like to discuss possible meeting formats, please contact Janee Shaw at 916-594-9513 (option 3), or by email at janee.shaw@albertbakerfund.org.

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Find your mentor–it all starts with a single conversation! https://www.albertbakerfund.org/2022/02/03/find-your-mentor-it-all-starts-with-a-single-conversation/ https://www.albertbakerfund.org/2022/02/03/find-your-mentor-it-all-starts-with-a-single-conversation/#respond Thu, 03 Feb 2022 22:40:17 +0000 https://www.albertbakerfund.org/?p=9102 Clear the hurdle of securing a mentor

You can reap immediate benefits from connecting with a mentor, such as expanding your professional network, gathering new perspectives, and gaining valuable insights beyond your current experience. It all starts with a single conversation!

The ABF Career Alliance has helped hundreds of students and new graduates establish mentoring relationships with like-minded professionals from a diverse list of business backgrounds. Working with ABF’s community has opened opportunities for those in mentoring partnerships to share not only practical career advice, but spiritual insights as well.

In his 2020 interview for the Net Effect broadcast, Conservation Biologist Keith Babcock referenced a mentoring partnership assembled with help of the ABF Career Alliance. Working with a young professional from across the country, Babcock was able to help share guidance to help the mentee sharpen their professional readiness for a competitive role, and the two were able to discuss uplifting spiritual ideas during the interview process, all of which made a big impact on the mentee securing their ideal position.

From fine arts to investment banking, real estate to IT security, the Albert Baker Fund community includes established professionals from dozens of career paths. Those individuals are eager to help students and graduates as they navigate their career paths, from providing informational interviews during an initial job search, to helping a graduate locate open positions.

A strong mentoring relationship starts with a single conversation, and The Albert Baker Fund is here to help make that connection for you.

Your first step to finding a new mentor is to contact Robin Jones to schedule a preliminary 3 minute interview.

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