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Scholarship Opportunities for Attending General Assembly

Youth and Young Adult Scholarships

The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries has scholarships specifically for youth and young adults planning to attend General Assembly (GA).

Scholarships will be awarded based on a range of criteria in addition to demonstrated financial need, including whether the applicant is a congregational delegate, has received a past scholarship, or identifies as a member of an historically marginalized community.

  • Applications will be available here on March 1
  • The deadline for applications is March 31
  • Applicants will be notified of award decisions by April 23

General Assembly Planning Committee
Matching Grant Program

The General Assembly Planning Committee (GAPC) has established a matching grant scholarship fund to:

  1. increase economic accessibility for Unitarian Universalists (UUs) who want to attend General Assembly (GA), and,
  2. to encourage congregations to send delegates to this annual meeting of congregations.

For individuals, this means that the cost of GA registration and up to $500 for expenses (transportation/etc.) can make attending General Assembly more affordable. For congregations, this means that, in addition to paying the recipient's registration, the Planning Committee will match (up to $250) what a congregation budgets to support sending a member to GA.

  • Applications will be available here on March 1
  • The deadline for applications is March 31
  • Applicants will be notified of award decisions by April 23

Criteria and Considerations

  • Priority is given to ministers and members of UU congregations. 
  • Priority is given to applicants who will represent their congregation at GA as delegates with preference given to those who are leaders in the congregation. 
  • Special consideration is given to delegates from new congregations or congregations that have not (or not recently) sent representation to GA.
  • Applicants should have financial need. Priority will be given to applicants who have not received scholarships to GA in the past, and, except in unusual cases, will not be awarded to the same individual in consecutive years.
  • Applications will be viewed with an anti-racist, anti-oppressive lens.


Scholarship Applications are due March 31. 

Applications for GAPC Matching Grants should be accompanied by a letter of endorsement and pledge of a specified amount of financial support from the applicant’s congregation. (NOTE: an endorsement letter is not necessary if you are ONLY applying for a Youth and Young Scholarship and NOT a GAPC Matching Grant). 

The Scholarship Committee, made up of three members of the GAPC, will review submitted applications and notify applicants of their acceptance by April 23.

Congregations may distribute funds to applicants at any time; GA Planning Committee scholarship checks will be distributed only at General Assembly.

The Davidoff Fund Scholarship

The Davidoff Fund for Lay Leadership honors Jerry and Denny Davidoff for their skilled and devoted lay leadership in our movement. The Fund enables the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) to promote the development and training of Lay Leaders to share the ministry of community building with religious professionals and each other.

The Davidoff Fund Scholarship serves to subsidize the attendance at General Assembly of Lay Leaders from congregations who have not been represented by Lay Leaders at General Assembly in the last three years (since 2012). Such eligible congregations are encouraged to send two Lay Leaders to General Assembly and scholarships can be provided for both attendees.

The first ten eligible applications received will be awarded scholarships of $500 to reimburse General Assembly registration costs and travel fees. Applications must be submitted to UUA Stewardship & Development between March 1 and April 30, 2015.

2014 Davidoff Application (PDF)

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This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations. Please consider making a donation today.

Last updated on Monday, January 26, 2015.

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Former Moderator Gini Courter at the 2013 General Assembly in Louisville, KY

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