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 on March 1 and must be submitted by 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:
- increase economic accessibility for Unitarian Universalists (UUs) who want to attend General Assembly (GA)
- to encourage congregations to send delegates to this annual meeting of congregations
- to encourage other UU institutions e.g., clusters, districts, and regions to support individuals that are not aligned with a congregation
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 and UU institutions, this means that, in addition to paying the recipient's registration, the Planning Committee will match (up to $250) what a congregation or institution budgets to support sending an individual to GA.
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 must be accompanied by a letter of endorsement and pledge of a specified amount of financial support from the applicant’s congregation. Endorsement letters may be uploaded during the application process or sent seperately to gascholarship [at] uua [dot] org. However, an endorsement letter is not necessary if you only want to be considered for a Youth and Young Adult Scholarship.
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.