Albert Baker Fund Scholarships (US and Canada) & DiscoveryBound National Leadership Council (NLC) Graduate Awards

What We Fund

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

The Albert Baker Scholarship

For the 2022-23 academic year, the Albert Baker Scholarship award is $3,000. These funds are to be used for tuition, books, supplies, equipment, and fees.

Pass Your Blessings Forward Scholarship

You may also automatically receive an additional $1,500 Pass Your Blessings Forward Scholarship for the 2022-23 academic year.

DiscoveryBound National Leadership Council (NLC) Graduate Award

Graduates of DiscoveryBound National Leadership Council (NLC) are eligible to apply for a $5,000 NLC Graduate Award for each year of undergraduate college (up to $20,000 total).

NLC Graduates may also apply concurrently for Albert Baker Scholarships.

To Qualify for the Albert Baker Scholarship

You are invited to apply for the Albert Baker Scholarship if:

* If you are not already a member of The Mother Church, you agree to apply for membership before you submit your next ABF scholarship application.

Olivia Morton, ABF 2021 graduate, University of Rochester
Olivia Morton, ABF Graduate
University of Rochester

To Apply for the Albert Baker Scholarship

  1. Write your Student Statement.
  2. Gather all required documents. Many of the required documents may take several weeks to receive from 3rd parties. Attachments must be submitted at the time of application. The application will not allow you to save your progress, so plan to complete it in one session.
  3. Submit your application by the deadline. Allow a minimum of 4-6 weeks before funds are needed. 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.

Application Deadlines for 2022-23 Academic Year

  • Priority processing: March 1, 2022 to June 1, 2022.
  • Regular processing: June 2, 2022 to September 2, 2022.
  • Final deadline: September 2, 2022.

To Apply for the NLC Graduate Award

  1. Write your personal statement.
  2. Submit confirmation of admittance or enrollment.

NOTE: You may apply for the Albert Baker Scholarship in addition to your NLC Graduate Award.

Marshall McCurties, ABF 2021 Graduate, Columbia University

Marshall McCurties, ABF Graduate
Columbia University

Required Documents

All documents should be saved in PDF format.

Student Statement

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, including why this scholarship is needed. 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.


Christian Science (CS) Reference

Your reference should be someone who can speak to your character, integrity, and current practice of Christian Science. The reference you choose must be a student of Christian Science and not an immediate family member. It is your responsibility to ensure that ABF receives the completed CS Reference form prior to submitting your application. ABF cannot process your application until the CS Reference Form has been received. Form to send to your CS reference: https://www.tfaforms.com/4961710


Verification of Membership in The Mother Church (TMC)

It is easy 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. If you are not already a member of The Mother Church, you agree to apply for membership before you submit your next ABF Scholarship application.


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 / Admission

Provide a letter or course schedule showing enrollment or admitted status in your accredited institution.


Confirmation of Tuition Fees

This is the bill/invoice from your institution. This information may also be found in your Financial Aid Letter.


FAFSA or CSS Profile

Your application must include your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from either the FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR), or the school-provided EFC based on the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile. If you do not already have a FAFSA SAR or CSS Profile completed, visit https://studentaid.gov/ (FAFSA) or https://cssprofile.collegeboard.org/ (CSS) to begin the process.
Please supply a PDF that shows your official EFC amount.


Financial Aid Letter

Your Financial Aid Letter explains the total amount of monetary assistance (total of grants and loans) your school is offering you. You should receive this letter shortly after you receive your college acceptance letter. This information may also be provided to you via your school’s website.


Estimates of Your Expenses

You will need to supply estimates for the following expenses in the application (no attachments necessary for these items):

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

Apply Now

Please email this URL (https://www.tfaforms.com/4961710) to your Christian Science reference to fill out prior to submitting your application.

Christian Science Reference Form

NOTE: All attachments must be submitted with your application. The application will not allow you to save your progress, so plan to complete it in one session. Upon successful submission of your application, you will receive a confirmation email.

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Emily Martin, 2021 ABF graduate, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Emily Martin, ABF Graduate
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Special Donor-Funded Scholarships

Some applicants may qualify for these special scholarships.

  • Entering freshmen who are residents of Alaska – If you live in Alaska and are entering college as a freshman, you may be eligible for a special scholarship. However, you must apply before the start of your freshman year. Once you are awarded a scholarship as a freshman, you may re-apply for your remaining years of study.
  • Undergraduate and graduate students attending University of California, Davis – If you are attending or planning to attend UC Davis, you may be eligible for a special $1,000 scholarship in addition to your Albert Baker scholarship. You may re-apply for each year of study.
  • Students studying music – If you are pursuing academic degrees 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 “master class,” you may be eligible for the Jean Burgdorff Memorial Endowed Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship is offered to music students at all levels of training and experience, including established musicians.