Scholarships

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Each year, The Clara Abbott Foundation awards nearly 2,000 need-based scholarships to help the dependent children of Abbott employees attend accredited colleges or universities, community colleges, vocational and trade schools.

Awards may be available to students enrolled in full- or part-time studies to obtain their first undergraduate degree or certificate.

The goal of the Scholarship Program is to help ease the burden of college costs on Abbott families. It is not intended to fully cover the costs of attending a university. Scholarship awards are based on a number of factors including family income and the average cost of public, in-state or in-country college/university tuition. Scholarships are not renewable and award amounts can and do fluctuate. Scholarships are never guaranteed.

Scholarships provided by The Clara Abbott Foundation can help with:

The costs of tuition, fees, books and supplies at these accredited schools:

  • College (must qualify as a university [or equivalent]) / Post-secondary / Tertiary
  • Community College
  • University
  • Vocational School
  • Trade School

Scholarships can’t help with:

  • Primary/elementary, middle/intermediate and high school/secondary costs
  • A student’s second bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) or advanced degrees such as master’s, doctorate, specialist, etc.
  • Audited courses or seminars not required as part of an undergraduate degree
  • Additional costs for study abroad
  • Any courses not associated with an accredited institution
Please review the following eligibility and program information before applying for a scholarship. Your country’s application availability and deadline information can be found here.

Employee Requirements

You must be a current Abbott employee with a minimum of two years of continuous Abbott service as of The Clara Abbott Foundation’s application deadline date.

  • Employees on an unpaid leave of absence are not eligible for a scholarship (does not apply to FMLA).
  • Employees on extended disability must have a minimum of two years of continuous Abbott service as of The Foundation’s application deadline date; and be receiving Abbott disability pay.
  • Contractors are not eligible to apply.

Former Employee/Retiree Requirements

You must be a former Abbott employee who, upon separation from Abbott, met one of the following criteria. These employees may retain lifetime eligibility for Foundation services.

  • Between 50–60 years of age, with a minimum of 10 years of continuous Abbott service
  • 61 years of age with nine years of continuous Abbott service
  • 62 years of age with eight years of continuous Abbott service
  • 63 years of age with seven years of continuous Abbott service
  • 64 years of age with six years of continuous Abbott service
  • 65+ years of age with five years of continuous Abbott service

Student Applicant Requirements

As an Abbott employee or former employee/retiree, you must certify that the student is the following:

  • A legal dependent
  • Unmarried
  • Age 17–24 as of the application deadline date
  • Not employed by Abbott
  • Academic status
    • Student is or will be a graduate of high school/secondary school, or otherwise attending an eligible school (see below) during the next school year.
    • Student is pursuing his/her first university degree, certificate, or equivalent.

Additional Information

  • Awards are for undergraduate study only and are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin.
  • Awards are not renewable. Scholarships are never guaranteed.
  • Abbott employees and their spouses are not eligible for Foundation scholarships.
  • The Foundation reserves the right to review the conditions and procedures of this scholarship program and make changes at any time, which may include termination of the program. The Foundation may deny any request for assistance at its sole and entire discretion.
If you choose to apply, be sure to submit your application and all the required documents prior to your country’s deadline. Late applications are not accepted. Required documents include:
  • All employees: Annual income statement or tax document for both employee and spouse
  • United States: FAFSA and 1040
  • Puerto Rico: Planilla

If you have any questions, email clara.abbott.scholarship@abbott.com.

Application Availability and Deadlines

Application Availability and Deadline Dates

We offer need-based scholarships in every country where Abbott operates, however, administration of the program varies depending on the country where you live.  Please select your country to see application and deadline information, and for more information on how scholarships are administered in your country.

COUNTRY

Online applications will be available in March 2023
Application deadline – April 15
Award notifications sent in August

The Clara Abbott Scholarship Program is administered differently depending on the country. Information about the US and Puerto Rico Program is below:

  • The Clara Abbott Foundation offers need-based scholarships to help the dependent children of Abbott employees attend accredited colleges or universities, community colleges, vocational and trade schools.
  • The goal of the Scholarship Program is to help ease the burden of college costs on Abbott families, not fully cover the costs of attending a university.
  • Scholarship awards are based on a number of factors including family income and the average cost of public, in-state or in-country college/university tuition.
  • Awards may be available to students enrolled in full- or part-time studies to obtain their first undergraduate degree. Scholarships can be applied towards expenses such as tuition, fees, books, supplies, transportation, and room and board.
  • Scholarships are not renewable (students in your country must apply each year) and award amounts can and do fluctuate. Scholarships are never guaranteed.
  • In order to be eligible for future scholarships, recipients must continue to meet all the eligibility requirements and U.S. students must provide proof of a 2.0/4.0 (or equivalent) cumulative GPA.
Online applications are available by clicking here
Application deadline – February 15
Award notifications sent in May

The Clara Abbott Scholarship Program is administered differently depending on the country. Information about your country’s Program is below:

  • The Clara Abbott Foundation offers need-based scholarships to help the dependent children of Abbott employees attend accredited colleges or universities, community colleges, vocational and trade schools.
  • The goal of the Scholarship Program is to help ease the burden of college costs on Abbott families, not fully cover the costs of attending a university.
  • Scholarship awards are based on a number of factors including family income and the average cost of public, in-state or in-country college/university tuition.
  • Awards may be available to students enrolled in full- or part-time studies to obtain their first undergraduate degree. Scholarships can be applied towards expenses such as tuition, fees, books, supplies, transportation, and room and board.
  • Scholarships are not renewable (students in your country must apply each year) and award amounts can and do fluctuate. Scholarships are never guaranteed.
  • In order to be eligible for future scholarships, recipients must continue to meet all the eligibility requirements.
Online applications are available by clicking here.
Application deadline – February 15
Award notifications sent in May

The Clara Abbott Scholarship Program is administered differently depending on the country. Information about your country’s Program is below:

  • Need-based scholarships are offered to help the dependent children of Abbott employees attend accredited colleges or universities, community colleges, vocational and trade schools. Awards may be available to students enrolled in full- or part-time studies to obtain their first undergraduate degree.
  • Students will be eligible to receive one scholarship award during their academic career. Therefore, students who have received a prior Clara Abbott scholarship will not be eligible to reapply for additional scholarships from The Foundation.
  • Students who are not selected to receive a scholarship, and continue to meet the eligibility requirements, can apply for their one-time scholarship award the following year.
  • The goal of the Scholarship Program is to help ease the burden of college costs on Abbott families, not fully cover the costs of attending a university.
  • Scholarship awards are based on a number of factors including family income and the average cost of public, in-state or in-country college/university tuition.
  • Scholarships can be applied towards expenses such as tuition, fees, books, supplies, transportation, and room and board.
Online applications will be available in May.
Application deadline – May 31
Award notifications sent in August

The Clara Abbott Scholarship Program is administered differently depending on the country. Information about your country’s Program is below:

  • The Clara Abbott Foundation offers need-based scholarships to help the dependent children of Abbott employees attend accredited colleges or universities, community colleges, vocational and trade schools.
  • The goal of the Scholarship Program is to help ease the burden of college costs on Abbott families, not fully cover the costs of attending a university.
  • Scholarship awards are based on a number of factors including family income and the average cost of public, in-state or in-country college/university tuition.
  • Awards may be available to students enrolled in full- or part-time studies to obtain their first undergraduate degree. Scholarships can be applied towards expenses such as tuition, fees, books, supplies, transportation, and room and board.
  • Scholarships are not renewable (students in your country must apply each year) and award amounts can and do fluctuate. Scholarships are never guaranteed.
  • In order to be eligible for future scholarships, recipients must continue to meet all the eligibility requirements.

Please email Clara.Abbott.Scholarship@abbott.com with any questions.

Online applications will be available in May.
Application deadline – May 31
Award notifications sent in August

The Clara Abbott Scholarship Program is administered differently depending on the country. Information about your country’s Program is below:

  • Need-based scholarships are offered to help the dependent children of Abbott employees attend accredited colleges or universities, community colleges, vocational and trade schools. Awards may be available to students enrolled in full- or part-time studies to obtain their first undergraduate degree.
  • Students will be eligible to receive one scholarship award during their academic career. Therefore, students who have received a prior Clara Abbott scholarship will not be eligible to reapply for additional scholarships from The Foundation.
  • Students who are not selected to receive a scholarship, and continue to meet the eligibility requirements, can apply for their one-time scholarship award the following year.
  • The goal of the Scholarship Program is to help ease the burden of college costs on Abbott families, not fully cover the costs of attending a university.
  • Scholarship awards are based on a number of factors including family income and the average cost of public, in-state or in-country college/university tuition.
  • Scholarships can be applied towards expenses such as tuition, fees, books, supplies, transportation, and room and board.

Please email Clara.Abbott.Scholarship@abbott.com with any questions.

Online applications are available in September 2023.
Application deadline – October 15
Award notifications sent in December

The Clara Abbott Scholarship Program is administered differently depending on the country. Information about your country’s Program is below:

  • The Clara Abbott Foundation offers need-based scholarships to help the dependent children of Abbott employees attend accredited colleges or universities, community colleges, vocational and trade schools.
  • The goal of the Scholarship Program is to help ease the burden of college costs on Abbott families, not fully cover the costs of attending a university.
  • Scholarship awards are based on a number of factors including family income and the average cost of public, in-state or in-country college/university tuition.
  • Awards may be available to students enrolled in full- or part-time studies to obtain their first undergraduate degree. Scholarships can be applied towards expenses such as tuition, fees, books, supplies, transportation, and room and board.
  • Scholarships are not renewable (students in your country must apply each year) and award amounts can and do fluctuate. Scholarships are never guaranteed.
  • In order to be eligible for future scholarships, recipients must continue to meet all the eligibility requirements.
Online applications are available in September 2023.
Application deadline – October 15
Award notifications sent in December

The Clara Abbott Scholarship Program is administered differently depending on the country. Information about your country’s Program is below:

  • Need-based scholarships are offered to help the dependent children of Abbott employees attend accredited colleges or universities, community colleges, vocational and trade schools. Awards may be available to students enrolled in full- or part-time studies to obtain their first undergraduate degree.
  • Students will be eligible to receive one scholarship award during their academic career. Therefore, students who have received a prior Clara Abbott scholarship will not be eligible to reapply for additional scholarships from The Foundation.
  • Students who are not selected to receive a scholarship, and continue to meet the eligibility requirements, can apply for their one-time scholarship award the following year.
  • The goal of the Scholarship Program is to help ease the burden of college costs on Abbott families, not fully cover the costs of attending a university.
  • Scholarship awards are based on a number of factors including family income and the average cost of public, in-state or in-country college/university tuition.
  • Scholarships can be applied towards expenses such as tuition, fees, books, supplies, transportation, and room and board.

Scholarship Recipient Requirements

Applicants will be notified of their scholarship status approximately three months after the deadline date. Those who are selected to receive a scholarship will be required to submit the following:

1. Submit School Grade Report(s)/Transcript

  • At the conclusion of the school year, scholarship recipients will need to submit a school grade report(s) or transcript. Recipients will receive instructions on how to complete this required activity.
  • School grade reports must include first and second semester grades for the school year in which the scholarship was awarded. Recipients may need to submit more than one document if their report/transcript does not show a full school year of grades.

2. Notify The Foundation of any enrollment changes

If your student’s school choice or status changes after receiving a scholarship, recipients will need to notify us accordingly.  Scholarships can only be used towards the school year in which the scholarship was awarded (as stated in your decision letter).

School change

Enrollment change

  • You are required to notify The Foundation of any changes to your student’s enrollment status. This includes, moving from full-time to part-time, no longer attending, etc.  Depending on the situation, a refund may be required. Please send an email detailing the enrollment change(s) to  clara.abbott.scholarship@abbott.com.

Application and Deadline Questions/Answers

Q: How are awards determined?
A: Awards are based on a number of factors including family income and the cost of in-state/in-country, public school tuition. These costs are evaluated on an ongoing basis.

Q: Does The Foundation provide scholarships to employees seeking higher education?
A: No, scholarships are not available to Abbott employees. Scholarships are available to dependents of eligible employees and retirees worldwide.

Q: What happens if I miss the application deadline?
A: Late applications are considered incomplete and will not be accepted. If you miss the deadline, you must wait until the following application year to reapply.

Q: Whose income statement should be submitted with the application?
A: Annual income statements for the Abbott employee and the spouse related to the student (parent and step-parent) from the most recent year completed must be submitted along with the application.

Awards and School Grade Reports

Q: Why is my award different than what I received last year?
A: Award amounts can and do fluctuate, and scholarships are never guaranteed. Awards are based on a number of factors including family income and the cost of public, in-state tuition. These costs  are evaluated on an ongoing basis.

Q: In the US/PR, how are payments sent?
A: In the US and Puerto Rico checks are made payable to the school and sent in two installments (fall semester and spring semester).

Q: Outside the US/PR, how are payments sent?
A: In most countries, funds are provided via wire transfer in one lump sum shortly after you receive your award letter.

Q: Is a Clara Abbott scholarship considered taxable income to the Abbott employee?
A: Possibly. Taxable income requirements vary by country. Please seek the advice of a local tax professional to determine if you must report the Clara Abbott scholarship as income.

Q: When do I have to submit my school grade report?
A:  The student’s School Grade Report is not due until the following year after receiving the scholarship from the Foundation. School grade reports are required for 2 semesters from all those who receive an award. An email will be sent to you to remind you that this requirement is due.

Q: What if I don’t have a full year of grades when the school grade report is due?
A:  You can submit your student’s first semester grades and proof of enrollment in the second semester. You are still required to submit the second semester grades when available (must be within 12 months of receiving the award).

When can I apply?

Scholarship application availability and deadlines vary by country.
Click to learn how the program is administered in your country.

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We’re ready to help

For Abbott employees, retirees, and their families, The Clara Abbott Foundation is here to provide compassionate, confidential support in times of need.

In order to provide financial assistance or scholarships, we need to fully understand your situation. Therefore, personal information and various documentation will be requested and required throughout the process. In some cases, we will verify information with HR or Abbott.

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Please contact us at +1-847-937-1090 or 1-800-972-3859 or email us at AskClara@abbott.com.

Before applying, we ask that you consider three things:
  1. Review the eligibility requirements:
  2. Be prepared to be open, honest, and forthcoming about your specific needs and situation throughout the process.
  3. Any misrepresentation of a situation, including fraud, deceit, or concealment with regard to information on an application or obtained during the consultation process will have consequences as defined by the Abbott Business Code of Conduct.