University and Vocational Education
What You Need To Know Before You Apply
A History of our College/Vocational Program
For more than 50 years, the Albert Baker Fund has been helping Christian Scientists pay for higher education. Like the founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, and her older brother Albert Baker, we appreciate the value of education. Since 2004, we have expanded to now providing grants to eligible students in the UK, France, Switzerland, the Philippines, and 13 African countries.
Applicants for funding toward university, college, or vocational training must be active Christian Scientists, verified through church references and interviews with the In-Country Representative for your country (UK, France, Germany, Switzerland)
- ABF offers grant-only awards outside the US.
- ABF does not offer loans outside the US.
- ABF does 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. If that situation can be demonstrated, ABF will consider funding a flat amount to paid directly to the university or college. In the case of CS nursing, the facility will be paid directly.
- ABF determines a maximum grant award each year for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as a maximum for vocational training. This maximum can vary, so students should check with their country’s In-Country Representative to verify that year’s amount.
- 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.”
- ABF does not fund students wishing to travel to–or who originate from–countries not represented by an established ABF ICR.
- ABF does not pay for coursework already completed.
- ABF NEVER PAYS FOR TRAVEL.
- Grant payments are always and only made to schools (or in the UK to the loan company) on behalf of the student on behalf of the student. Students never receive checks or cash individually.
- Students who fail to attend classes after ABF’s grant was paid to the school cannot under any circumstance withdraw the funds in their student account at the school. In these cases funds will be returned to ABF.
- If a student receives a failing grade, ABF will not award funds to re-take the class..
- Students are supported only when attending ABF-approved schools. Check with your country’s ICR to determine if your school is approved by ABF.
The Application and Award Process
- Application Creation and Submission
Read through all four steps in order to understand eligibility, required documents and how to apply online.
- Application Review
Once an online application is submitted, reviewed, and judged complete, you will be contacted to schedule an interview with one of our, In-Country Representative (ICR) volunteers. This interview is required and will be conducted over the phone. There will then be a final review of the application by staff before a decision is made.
- Decision Notification
You should allow at least two weeks to receive notice by email of an award decision.
ABF Countries Funded in Europe
- United Kingdom