This information is about the 2018 Gathering. Check back in mid-winter 2019 for information specific to the 2019 Gathering at Grinnell College.
FGC wants Friends to attend the Gathering regardless of financial need. Scholarships and workgrants are available for those registering for the full Gathering or half-Gathering, but not for part-time registrants. Register early to get highest priority for financial assistance. It is possible to receive both a scholarship and a workgrant.
Typical workgrants range from $200 to $400 for 3 to 4 hours of daily service at the Gathering. Workgrants are only available to adults (18 years and older, and not in the High School program), and are usually for returning Gathering attenders. We advise first-time attenders to request scholarship assistance instead of workgrants.
How to Apply for a Workgrant
(b) Answer the “Workgrant” questions when completing the Gathering registration form
Friends with financial need may request a scholarship from FGC when they register for the Gathering. Before May 1, priority is given to Friends attending meetings affiliated with FGC. This means that if you are from a meeting which is not affiliated and you register in April, your scholarship request will be considered on May 1. Scholarship requests made after April 30 will be considered regardless of meeting affiliation.
How to Apply for Scholarship Assistance
Complete the "Scholarships" section when registering for the Gathering. Include a request for a specific amount. Registering during Early Registration (April 2-11) increases the likelihood of obtaining the maximum scholarship. FGC recommends that you register as early as possible, even if you do not yet know whether your meeting will be able to financially help you.
Maximum FGC Scholarships
Use this chart to determine the maximum scholarship for each member of your party. (Read a description of the Family Discount to determine if you are eligible.)
Exceptions to maximum: Thanks to special funding, young adults from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, may be exempt from these maximums. Other limited exceptions to the maximums may be made in the event of extraordinary circumstances.
|Not Eligible for Family Discount||Eligible for Family Discount|
|Adult (>35 yrs)||$330||$308|
|Young Adult (18-35 yrs)||$318||$295|
|Middle School (12 yrs to 9th gr.)||$194||$180|
|Youth (6-11 yrs)||$195||$182|
|Child (2-5 yrs)||$185||$173|
|Little Child (birth-under 2 yrs)||$75||$60|
|3rd, 4th or 5th dependent||N/A||see note|
|HALF GATHERING (>35 yrs)||$184||$168|
|HALF GATHERING (18-35 yrs, not High School)||$175||$160|
|Part-Time (per day)||N/A||N/A|
Note: A feature of the Family Discount is that 3rd, 4th and 5th dependents do not pay a program fee. These dependents are always the youngest dependents in the family. Their maximum scholarships would be:
- High School: $134
- Middle School (12 years to rising 9th grade):$134
- Youth (6-11 years): $120
- Child (2-5 years): $110
- Little Child (birth- under 2 years): $0
- Scholarships for first-time attenders
- Scholarships for returning attenders
- Support for families, youth, and young adults
- Scholarships for Friends from unaffiliated meetings/yearly meetings including Pacific and North Pacific Yearly Meetings
- Pacific/North Pacific Newcomers Scholarship
- Bayard Rustin Travel Support Fund for People of Color
- Scholarships from Lake Erie Yearly Meeting
- Special assistance for young adults from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting
- Exceptions to the scholarship maximum
Thanks to a generous western donor, western Friends 35 years and younger, as well as the parents of attendees age 18 & under, are eligible for a travel grant of up to $250 per person, while funds remain. To be eligible for this grant, you must meet the age requirements and live in the U.S. or Canada within or west of: New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories, and Alaska. Apply for the travel grant when registering for the Gathering.
If the financial aid provided to you is not enough to allow you to attend, you may cancel without penalty if you cancel within one week of learning of your financial aid award.