Scholarship Opportunities for Attending General Assembly
General Assembly Scholarships
- A link to the General Assembly Unified Scholarship Application will be posted here February 28 through March 31; the deadline to apply is March 31.
- All scholarship notifications will be sent on April 25. Applicants who do not receive assignments will be given an opportunity to register at the Early Bird rate.
- NEW: Applicants who were Early Bird (November 1 - March 15) registrants will be eligible to roll their payment into a travel grant (check at GA), or apply their payments toward a dormitory housing package.
For General Assembly (GA) 2020, anyone is welcome to apply for a scholarship for GA, with priority given to people with a relationship to a Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregation or UU organization (covenanted community). There are several different funding sources available via the General Assembly Unified Scholarship Application:
- General Assembly Planning Committee (GAPC)
The Planning Committee will provide registration and travel grants to support constituent participation in Providence.
- UUA Ministries and Faith Development (MFD)
The Lifespan Faith Engagement Office (LiFE) facilitates individual scholarships to youth and young adults as well as Youth Group Grants.
- The Katie Tyson Fund for Youth and Young Adult Ministry
This award is provided to youth and young adults who demonstrate outstanding leadership.
- Jerry And Denny Davidoff Fund For Lay Leadership
The Davidoff Fund for Lay Leadership will be used to support the attendance of lay leaders at General Assembly and other leadership events.
- Contributions from General Assembly attendees
Funds collected via voluntary contribution during GA registration are distributed in the same year they are donated; 2020 registrants will help fellow attendees in Providence.
Priority will be given to applicants who:
- are members of historically marginalized communities (People of Color, LGBTQ, differing ability, etc.) and who share that identification on their application
- have financial hardship
- are leaders in their congregations / communities
- represent congregations / communities that have not previously or recently been represented at General Assembly
Applications must be submitted no later than March 31.
Scholarship awards typically include full-time conference registration and/or travel grants (scholarship checks).
Early Bird registrants will eligible for reimbursement of prior payments.
ALL scholarship notifications will be sent on April 25. If your award includes a funded full-time GA registration, you will receive instructions for completing the registration process.
ALL UUA scholarship checks are distributed only at General Assembly. If you are awarded 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.
All youth (grades 9-12 or the equivalent) must sign a Youth Caucus Participant Covenant, 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.
There are Youth Group Grants available for youth groups attending GA together.
NEW: Congregation Scholarships
The General Assembly Planning Committee will award three Congregational Block Grants:
- Lay Leaders Block Grant: off-site registration for up to four lay leaders
- Delegate Block Grant: off-site registration for all of the congregation’s eligible delegates
- Staff Block Grant: off-site registration for up to four ministers and staff
A link to the online application for Congregational Block Grants will be posted here February 28 through March 31; the deadline to apply is March 31. Congregations and/or participants must have the technical capacity for off-site participation (requires high speed internet access and a desktop/laptop computer. Smartphones and tablets can be used as supplemental screens for streaming video, voting, or chatting, but they do not by themselves accommodate a full user experience. There will be opportunity in advance of General Assembly for you to test the offsite participation portal.)
Priority will be given to congregations that:
- have barriers, financial or otherwise, to participation in General Assembly
- are located outside of the New England Region
- have not previously or recently been represented at General Assembly
- actively and positively promote attendance (on/off-site) at General Assembly via pulpit editorials, email marketing and social media
- have demonstrated interest in sharing the tools and resources provided by the UUA in their congregation
Congregations will receive notice of their block grants on April 25, with instructions for registering their participants.