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The Katie Tyson Fund for Youth and Young Adult Ministry

Katie Tyson

The Katie Tyson Fund for Youth and Young Adult Ministries is dedicated to kindling the sparks of leadership among Unitarian Universalist (UU) youth and young adults. The fund supports scholarships, grants, and programs for youth and young adult projects, conferences, outreach, and more. With the support of the Katie Tyson Fund, emerging leaders will be empowered to live out their dreams, weave our Unitarian Universalist principles into the fabric of their expanding lives, and encourage others to do the same.

Katie Tyson was an active member in the young adult group at Arlington Street Church in Boston, MA and a rising leader in our movement. Katie was filled with enthusiasm, passion, and excitement, and had aspirations of becoming a Unitarian Universalist minister. Sadly, Katie's life ended in a car accident when she and her friend were returning from General Assembly in Salt Lake City, UT in 2009.

Katie’s parents, Karen and Herb Tyson, had a vision for UU youth and young adults to be able to explore the same dreams and interests that Katie had. With the support of the Mt. Vernon Unitarian Church in Alexandria, VA, the Joseph Priestley District, and other generous donors, Karen and Herb Tyson established the Katie Tyson Fund for Youth and Young Adult Ministries.

Available Grants

Potential grant uses include but are not limited to:

  • Scholarships for participating in district and national events, receiving leadership training, and attending General Assembly.
  • Training for youth and young adults to exercise leadership in ministry.
  • Project and event grants that support youth and young adults in deepening and developing connections with Unitarian Universalism and spreading our movement.
  • Youth and young adult ministry project grants for Unitarian Universalist activities, conferences, outreach, and group start-up projects.
  • Public event grants to support the offering of large public programs, such as lectures or workshops of interest to youth or young adults, with the goal of increasing awareness of and interest in Unitarian Universalism.

Recipients of grants may include individuals, congregations, or districts. Distributions cannot be used for the salaries of professional staff.

Grant Application Deadlines

Scholarships for youth and young adults to attend General Assembly are distributed through the General Assembly Scholarship Application process.

We are currently not accepting applications for Katie Tyson Fund grants at this time. The Katie Tyson Fund is generously supporting scholarships for youth and young adults to attend programs like Meaning Makers, Summer Seminary, Thrive Youth and Thrive Young Adult.

The UUA's Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries provides other grants to support innovative youth and young adult led projects, as well as supporting their leadership in their congregations, regions, and the world.


You can donate to this fund by mailing a check, calling us, or giving a gift of stock.