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 were evaluated in 2019 and will continue to reevaluated on an ongoing basis.
Q: Are scholarships available in my country?
A: The Foundation offers scholarships in every country that Abbott operates; however the program is administered differently depending on the country. Click here to learn more about how the Program is administered in your country.
Q: Who is eligible to apply for a Clara Abbott scholarship?
A: Click here for complete eligibility information.
Q: Does The Foundation provide scholarships to employees seeking higher education?
A: No. Scholarships are available to dependents of eligible employees and retirees worldwide. Visit the eligibility section for more information.
Q: What is the scholarship application deadline for my country?
A: Each country has one application deadline per year. Click here for information about your country.
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: What amount should I enter as Total Gross Annual Income on the application?
A: Enter the amount of combined total gross annual income* for all who support the student applicant.
Example 1: Mother income + Father income = Total Gross Annual Income
Example 2: Mother income + Step-Father income + other support (i.e. child support) = Total Gross Annual Income
*Total gross annual income (prior to any deductions) includes salary, bonus, incentive pay and child support received for the student. In the case of former employees / retirees, total income includes total pension and all other income.
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 were evaluated in 2019 and will continue to be reevaluated on an ongoing basis.
Q: To whom are scholarship checks made payable?
A: In the US and Puerto Rico checks are made payable to the school; outside the US checks are made payable to the Abbott employee.
Q: Are checks sent in one lump sum, or each semester?
A: Funds are provided 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 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 partial grades received through the year and the remainder of the grades when available (must be within 12 months of receiving the award)