Albert Baker Scholarships for University, College and Vocational Education in the United States and Canada

The Albert Baker Fund (ABF) provides tuition scholarships to Christian Scientists pursuing degrees or certificates at accredited post-secondary institutions including community colleges, colleges, universities, graduate schools, and vocational training programs.

Please read carefully through the requirements below, then fill out the form to request your personal application link.


πŸ—“οΈ Application Deadlines

  • Accepting Applications: May 15 – August 29
  • Accepting Applications: November 1 – January 30

Note: You may apply for an ABF scholarship once per academic year.

πŸ§‘β€πŸŽ“ Scholarships We Offer

The Albert Baker Fund (ABF) provides tuition scholarships to Christian Scientists pursuing degrees or certificates at accredited post-secondary institutions including community colleges, colleges, universities, graduate schools, and vocational training programs.

Scholarship funds are made payable directly to the educational institution.

The Albert Baker Scholarship

The Albert Baker Scholarship awards up to $5,500 per academic year based on financial need. These funds are used for tuition and fees.

Special Donor-Funded Scholarships
We offer a few additional special scholarship awards for students meeting the criteria.Β (No additional application required).

Graduates of the Adventure Unlimited DiscoveryBound National Leadership Council (NLC) may be eligible for an additional NLC scholarship.

 

Madi Demaree
Madi Demaree, ABF Graduate
Northeastern University in Boston, MA

βœ”οΈ Scholarship Requirements

Qualifications to apply for the Albert Baker Scholarship:

Lauren Daugherty
Lauren Daugherty, ABF Graduate
University of Missouri, School of Law

✍️ How to Apply for the Albert Baker Scholarship

Instructions:

  1. Request your personalized online application form.
  2. Contact your CS Reference and send them the form.
  3. Write your student statement.
  4. Gather all other required documents. Many of the required documents may take several weeks to receive from third parties, so plan accordingly. Attachments must be submitted at the time of application.
  5. Complete and submit your application by the deadline. Allow a minimum of 4-6 weeks for us to process your application. If you are awarded a scholarship, a check will be issued in the name of the institution and mailed to your permanent home address. It is your responsibility to deliver the check to your institution.

Jordan Strong
Jordan Strong, ABF Graduate
William and Mary College in Williamsburg, VA

πŸ‘€ Gather Required Documents

Required documents must be saved as individual PDF files.Β Please gather all required documents prior to beginning the application.

☐ Verification of Membership in The Mother Church (TMC)

To request verification of your membership in The Mother Church please email clerk@christianscience.com with your request and include your name, address, phone number, and membership number (if you have it). It may take several weeks to receive your email verification. Save the verification email as a PDF. Alternatively, you can submit your most recent per-capita form.Β  If your application for membership in The Mother Church has been received by the Clerk’s Office, please contact Libby Scheiern directly.


☐ Christian Science (CS) Reference

An active Christian Scientist who has personally witnessed your practice of Christian Science and can speak to your character, integrity, and current practice of Christian Science, must complete an online CS Reference form on your behalf. This person cannot be an immediate family member or a peer.Β  Your application will not be processed until we have received the completed CS Reference form. Here is the URL to send to your CS Reference: https://www.tfaforms.com/4961710


☐ Student Statement

If you are a returning applicant, do not copy / paste your Statement from a previous year. You must write a new statement each year. We are interested in how you have grown in the past year. Please tell us about yourself, including your academic and non-academic interests. Share why you are furthering your education, your choice of career field, what you hope to accomplish with your education, and any future plans. Describe how you personally use Christian Science in your daily life, including specific examples. Include any other life circumstances you would like us to consider. The length of the essay should be one page, double-spaced, and no more than two pages. Label the top of your document with: Your Name, Date, School, Year in School, and NLC Graduation Date, if applicable.


☐ Academic Transcript

The academic transcript for your most recently completed high school or college term must include your name, date of the term, grades for courses taken during the term, and the term GPA.


☐ Letter of Enrollment / Acceptance of Admission or Course Schedule

First year students must provide a letter showing enrollment or acceptance of admission for the upcoming term at your accredited institution. Returning students must provide a course schedule for the upcoming term.


☐ Confirmation of Tuition Fees

Acceptable documents include an invoice or bill from your institution, a copy of your Financial Aid letter from the institution, or information from the institution’s course catalog or website with tuition pricing included.


☐ Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from FAFSA or CSS Profile

Your application must include your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from EITHER the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Student Aid Report (SAR), or the school-provided EFC based on the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile.

Submit a PDF that shows your official EFC amount.

Students enrolled in graduate programs (only)Β may submit a copy of their most recent IRS 1040 tax return form along with an annual personal budget instead of the EFC from FAFSA or CSS.

If you have questions regarding the EFC and financial aid calculations, please contact Libby Scheiern: Β Libby.scheiern@albertbakerfund.org


☐ Official Financial Aid Letter

Submit the Financial Aid Letter from the Financial Aid Department of your institution that explains the total amount of monetary assistance (scholarships, grants and loans) your school is offering you.


☐ Prepare Estimates of Your Educational Expenses

Estimate expenses for the following items. You will enter these amounts directly in the online application, no attachment necessary.

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Supplies, books, and equipment (such as computer)
  • Required fees (academic, healthcare, other)
  • Meals
  • Travel

πŸ‘ Begin Application Process

Before you request an application, please make sure you have thoroughly read through the Scholarship Requirements. Before you begin filling out your online application, make sure you have gathered ALL Required Documents. You cannot save your progress during the application and will need to submit all document attachments in one session.

Christian Science Reference Form
Please email this URL (https://www.tfaforms.com/4961710) to your Christian Science reference to fill out and submit to ABF.


Request your scholarship application (for US/Canada students only):

Request My Application

Rebecca Tozzie
Rebecca Tozzie, ABF Graduate
Boston University

Special Donor-Funded Scholarships

Some applicants may qualify for these special scholarships.

  • Undergraduate and graduate students attending University of California, Davis – If you attend UC Davis, you may be eligible for a special $1,000 annual scholarship in addition to your Albert Baker Scholarship. Recipients may reapply for this scholarship for each year of study.
  • Students studying music – If you are pursuing an academic degree in music, attending a professional development seminar or class, participating in a hands-on apprenticeship or internship, or studying with a master musician as part of a β€œmaster class,” you may be eligible for the Jean Burgdorff Memorial Endowed Scholarship.Β  One scholarship is awarded each academic year.