US and PR employees can apply now for a Clara Abbott scholarship. Application deadline is April 18. Click to learn more or apply.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible to receive a financial grant, one of the following criteria must be met:

  • Current Abbott employee with at least two years of continuous Abbott service (or two years from date of Abbott acquisition).
    • Eligible family members include immediate family members of an eligible employee or eligible former employee (see below):
      • Spouse
      • Dependent children living inside or outside the eligible client’s household
        • Age 19 or younger
        • Age 24 or younger, if a full-time student
        • Regardless of student status, up to any age when the dependent child has a life-threatening or severely disabling illness
  • Former Abbott employee who, at the time of separation from Abbott, met one of the following criteria. These employees have 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
  • Spouse of deceased employee or eligible former employee
  • Dependent child of deceased employee through age 24 for full-time students, age 19 otherwise; special-needs children will not lose eligibility based on age
  • Employee who is under a disability program (sponsored by Abbott)

Note:  Contractors are not eligible for Foundation services

The Clara Abbott Foundation is an independent not-for-profit organization. Eligibility for assistance from The Clara Abbott Foundation is determined pursuant to The Clara Abbott Foundation’s policies and is independent from eligibility for employee benefits provided by Abbott Laboratories. Standards for eligibility and available assistance are subject to change at The Clara Abbott Foundation’s sole discretion and without advance notice.

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

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.