FGC wants Friends to attend the in-person Gathering regardless of financial need. Scholarships and workgrants are available for those registering for the Gathering. Register during early registration in April to get highest priority for financial assistance. It is possible to receive both a scholarship and a workgrant.
A workgrant is a fee waiver for specific volunteer service during the Gathering. 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
- Complete the Workgrant Interests Survey to indicate early interest in a particular position. You will still need to complete the financial aid section of the registration form in April.
- Answer the “Workgrant” questions when completing the Gathering registration form
- Review Gathering Youth Staff information and complete a High School or Junior Gathering staff application form.
- For workgrants marked with **, please contact Ben Hustis, Conference Director, if you are led to serve.
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 and Friends from the Pacific Northwest. This means that if you are from a meeting which is not affiliated with FGC and is not in the Pacific Northwest and you register in April, your scholarship request will be considered on May 1. Scholarship requests made after May 1st 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 early 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.
Funding from Meetings and Yearly Meetings
Maximum FGC Scholarships
The maximum financial aid is half the total cost of the Gathering in the least expensive accommodation option. More information on the cost of accommodations is forthcoming.
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.
Funding from Monthly and Yearly Meetings
Consider also asking your monthly meeting or yearly meeting for support. Many meetings are excited to help their members participate in the Gathering and have money available for spiritual nurture, Quaker education, intervisitation, etc.
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.
- Scholarships for first-time attenders
- Scholarships for returning attenders
- Support for families, youth, and young adults
- Scholarships for Friends from unaffiliated meetings/yearly meetings
- Mahala Ashley Dickerson Fund for People of Color
- Bayard Rustin Travel Support Fund for People of Color
- Special assistance for young adults from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting
- Travel Grants for Western Children, Families, and Young Adults
- Exceptions to the scholarship maximum