What You Need to Know (Before You Apply)

The Albert Baker Fund supports students active in the Christian Science movement who attend a Christian Science Sunday School or church regularly and are eager to help the world. Since 1964, we have provided over $10 million in low-cost loans to more than 3,000 students. We expect these recipients to “pass their blessings forward” by serving the Cause of Christian Science and humanity.


ABF’s North America Grant-and-Loan Programs

Policies 2018

  1. ABF’s current combined grant-and-loan award for post-secondary education in North America is approximately $4,500 per year, per individual. We do not currently offer grant-only awards.
  2. All applicants must be practicing Christian Scientists. Regular attendance at church or Sunday School is a minimum requirement.
  3. All applicants applying for funding in the US or Canada must be a US or Canadian citizen or permanent resident (green card holder).
  4. All requests for funding should be needs-based, regardless of outstanding merits of a student in academics and CS practice.
  5. Applicants applying for funding for post-secondary education must be seeking either a degree or certificate. ABF does not fund extra-curricular courses or “enrichment courses.”
  6. ABF requires a minimum GPA of 2.5
  7. Applicants who apply as financially independent must earn an annual income of at least $30,000 while in school. No co-borrower is required if the applicant can demonstrate yearly earnings of $30,000 or more.
  8. All applicants will be required to find a co-borrower with an annual income of at least $45,000 if they cannot demonstrate yearly earnings of $30,000 or more.
  9. Grant payments are always, and only, made payable to the school on behalf of the student.
  10. Award checks are mailed to the applicant directly using the mailing address provided in their application.
  11. ABF never pays for travel.
  12. All applicants will be interviewed by telephone by an ABF volunteer before final approval of a funding request.
  13. In the US and Canada (and in all countries where ABF operates), we do not provide funding for students wishing to study outside their home country. The exception to this policy is when a course of study desired cannot be obtained either by course content or sufficiently professional standards in the home country.

North America College and Vocational Education

We provide loans and grants for Christian Scientists attending college and university, graduate school, and vocational school. Most students receive a combination of loan and grant based on the student’s and their family’s financial need. Learn more about financial aid for College, Graduate School & Vocational Education.

Christian Science Nurses Training

We provide grants for students taking classes at one of ABF’s approved partners located in the United States and Europe. You can find the list of ABF’s approved training partners here: 16 Christian Science nursing facilities .  Once you are admitted for training at one of our partners’ facilities, you can apply to us for financial assistance. Learn more about financial aid for Christian Science Nurses Training.

Language Education

We no longer provide grants for language education, per se. If a student wishes to study for a degree in a language, that would fall under ABF’s North American college funding. Please use that application if you want to apply for college funding.

Internships at The Mother Church, Christian Science Youth Camps, and The Longyear Museum

ABF provides merit grants to college students who work as interns at the First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, MA, Christian Science Youth Camps, and the Longyear Museum, also in Boston. You can learn more about these internships from each institution or camp as well as from The ABF Career Alliance.

Learn more about interning at The Mother Church.

Christian Science U.S. Military Chaplain Program

We provide grants to students who are selected for the U.S. Military Chaplain program by The Mother Church and earn a master’s degree from Boston University School of Theology. Learn more about the Christian Science Military Chaplain program.

DiscoveryBound National Leadership Council (NLC)

We provide funding for the National Leadership Council (NLC), a four-year servant leadership program for high school students which is run by DiscoveryBound. Learn more about the National Leadership Council.

International Students

We provide grants for students attending college, graduate school, and vocational school in several African and European countries. Learn more about our international programs.