General Assembly (GA) Scholarships & Grants for Youth and Young Adults
The Unitarian Universalist Association has created new funding opportunities and processes to make it easier and more economically accessible than ever for youth and young adults at attend General Assembly.
To ensure that youth and young adults are considered for even more scholarship options, General Assembly has a combined scholarship/grant application process for all GA funding sources. The funds and decision-making procedures remain separate, but you no longer have to submit separate applications to be considered for different scholarship awards—the one application automatically qualifies the applicant to be considered for all programs, as long as the different criteria for each are met. Those who received an award from one scholarship program last year are still eligible to be considered for an award from another scholarship program this year.
A list of funding sources and a link to the online application can be found at Scholarship Opportunities for Attending General Assembly. The application process opens on March 1st. The deadline for applications is March 31st. Applicants will be notified of award decisions after mid-April, in time to qualify for the Early Registration Discount deadline on April 30th.
Two GA scholarship funds important to youth and young adults are:
Youth and Young Adults Scholarship Program
The Youth and Young Adult Scholarship Program from the UUA Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries is a grant to assist individual youth and young adults for whom attendance to GA is financially difficult. Youth (grades 9-12 or equivalent) and young adults (ages 18-35) who have a real financial need that would otherwise prohibit them from attending General Assembly are eligible.
This award pays the applicant's GA registration fee and up to $500 for expenses associated with attendance at GA.
Scholarships will be awarded based on a range of criteria in addition to demonstrated financial need, whether the applicant is a congregational delegate, has received a past scholarship, and/or identifies as a member of an historically marginalized community.
General Assembly Planning Committee (GAPC) 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 GA and 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. YOU WILL ONLY BE CONSIDERED FOR THE GAPC MATCHING GRANT IF you provide a letter of endorsement and pledge of a specified amount of financial support from your congregation.
Youth Group Grants
A limited number of competitive grants up to $1,000 are available to youth groups that are organizing to attend GA together. To qualify, groups must have generally five or more participants from the same congregation or a majority of their youth group participating. Applications will be judged by a group's demonstrated ability to raise the additional funds necessary to attend GA, and the ways in which the group will use their GA experience to enhance their congregation or community life.
Youth in groups who are applying for these grants may still apply for individual financial aid awards under the General Assembly combined scholarships funding application. However, we ask that groups indicate on their Youth Group Grant application which youth (or young adults) are also applying for those individual awards.
Youth Group Grant applications received by March 31st will be given priority. Youth Group Grant applications received after the deadline will still be reviewed if there is available funding. Review last year's application (PDF, 3 pages) for more information.
For more information about these and other programs that support youth and young adult attendance at GA, visit the General Assembly home page, check out the GA 2017 page on our blog Blue Boat, email us at youth [at] uua [dot] org or youngadults [at] uua [dot] org, or call us at (617) 948-4350.
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