College/University/Vocational Education in The Philippines
Applicants for funding toward university, college, or vocational training must be active Christian Scientists, verified through church references and interviews with the In-Country Representatives in their region.
- 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 tuition and other covered expenses (proven hostel and meal plans), but only up to the maximum we offer that year per student. ABF does not fund students wishing to travel to–or who originate from–countries not represented by an established ABF ICR.
- 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 region’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 pay for coursework already completed.
- ABF NEVER PAYS FOR TRAVEL.
- Grant payments are always and only made to schools on behalf of the student and to approved commercial student housing organizations 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.
- Applicants must maintain a minimum of “passing” grades. If grades do not improve over time, ABF may not continue to support this student’s continuing education.
- If a student is found lying or cheating on any ABF application or in conduct regarding ABF, that student will be permanently ineligible for funding from ABF.
- Students are supported only when attending ABF-approved schools. Check with your regional ICR to determine if your school is approved by ABF.
- Schools are approved when an ABF ICR has visited the school in person and has verified the address and viability of the school.
- When a student applies for funding for a school whose tuition/expenses exceed our maximums, before ABF agrees to fund our maximum, the student must demonstrate the capability to pay (copies of bank records, for example) or an invoice showing payment has been made for the amount above our maximum. We usually prefer the student apply to a less expensive school.
- What We Fund
Please note that ABF’s funding is based on a student’s need, with merit being a key factor in our award decisions. Our awards are modest and meant only to supplement a student’s other sources of college funding. While most applications are successful, we cannot guarantee that funding will be provided.
- Education Levels: Undergraduate, graduate and vocational (tertiary education only)
- Locations: Only educational institutions in The Philippines
- Expenses: Tuition, administrative fees, books and housing
- Award Type and Distribution: Grants made payable only to the educational institution or hostel
- Award Duration: One academic year, one academic semester, or one vocational course length
- Courses NOT funded by ABF: Any medical -related courses
Who We Fund
Technical Eligibility Requirements (All Applicants)
- Applicants must be a citizen of The Philippines.
- Applicants must reapply for funding each new academic term (year, semester, or vocational course length).
- Applicants must be enrolled in or admitted to an educational institution approved by CHED or TESDA. Vocational study must result in certification or licensing widely accepted by employers.
- Applicants must maintain a 80% GPA or above.
Scholar Eligibility Requirements (All Applicants)
- Applicants must be practicing and sincere students of Christian Science.
- Applicants must currently be a member of The Mother Church or branch church/Society, or are planning to apply in the next 12 months.
- Applicants must take full responsibility for the application process and all communication with ABF Staff
- Applicants must actively ‘pass their blessings forward’ by enriching the lives of the people they touch either through altruism, spiritual activism, or volunteerism.
The Application and Award Process
- Application Creation and Submission
Once the Submission Guidelines and Apply Online instructions have been read, an account can be created by completing our Online Registration Form. Upon receipt of our Login Activation Email, entry to our online application system has been granted and a new financial aid application form can be created.
- Application Review
Once an online application is submitted, reviewed, and judged complete, applicants will be contacted by one of our In-Country Representatives (ICRs) to schedule an interview, usually by phone. This interview is required.
- Result Notification
All applicants are notified by email of the award decision, so we encourage applicants to check their email regularly during this time.