Scholarship Opportunities for Attending General Assembly
General Assembly Scholarships
There are many different funding sources available via the General Assembly Unified Scholarship Application.
- General Assembly Planning Committee (GAPC)
- Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries
- The Katie Tyson Fund for Youth and Young Adult Ministry
- Contributions from General Assembly attendees
Scholarships are awarded in the form of full-time registrations to General Assembly, as well as matching grants and travel funds. To receive a matching grant, you must secure a pledge with a specified amount of financial support from a UUA congregation. Youth (high school) and Young Adults (18-35) are eligible for registration and travel funds without obtaining pledges of congregational support. There are also Youth Group Grants available for youth groups attending GA together.
This year, the sole source of funding for adult scholarships is the GA Planning Committee matching grant. In order to be eligible, applicants must have the endorsement, with pledge of financial support, of a UUA Congregation. Congregations are encouraged to give as much support as possible. The Planning Committee will match up to $250 and provide registration.
Applications are accepted from March 1 through March 31.
Priority will be given to applicants who:
- receive the endorsement, with a pledge of a specified amount of support, of a UUA congregation (required for adult (age 36+) funding; not required for youth and young adult funding)
- will serve as delegates from a congregation
- are members of historically marginalized communities (people of color, LGBTQ, differing ability, etc.) and who share that identification on their application
- represent congregations that have not previously or recently been represented at General Assembly
- are leaders in their congregations
- have financial hardship
Applications and congregational endorsements must be submitted no later than March 31.
ALL scholarship notifications will be sent by April 25. Please do not register for General Assembly while your scholarship application is still pending. If your award includes a funded full-time GA registration, you will receive instructions for completing the registration process. If you do not receive a funded registration, you will be notified in time to register yourself before the rates increase (May 1).
ALL UUA scholarship checks are distributed only at General Assembly. If you are awarded a matching grant or travel funds, the award will not be available before you arrive at GA. ALL scholarship checks must be picked up in person at the General Assembly Office in the Convention Center. Congregations may distribute funds to applicants at any time.
All youth (grades 9-12 or the equivalent) must sign a Youth Caucus Participant Covenant; youth under 18 must also submit completed Parent Permission and Sponsor Agreement forms, and have qualified adult (age 25+) sponsorship while at GA. You may submit the scholarship application now and complete the requirements for youth registration when your application is accepted. More information for Youth.