Youth Scholarships

Each year* First UU San Antonio awards two cash prizes to exceptional youth who have been actively involved in the life of the congregation

The Wade Richmond Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a high school senior with strong academic potential who shares qualities for which Wade Richmond was known: helpfulness, compassion, thoughtfulness.

The Liz Garrison Memorial Bridging Award is for a bridging youth to help them launch into young adulthood. The recipient will possess the basic personal qualities that Liz had and admired: compassionate, with an interest in furthering causes of social justice including LGBTQ rights. For purposes of the award, a bridging youth will be defined as someone who is a high school senior or who turns 18 years old in the calendar year in which the award is made.

Youth may apply for both awards, but will only be awarded one. Applications are due each year on the last Sunday of April, and recipients will be notified by mid-May.

*First UU san Antonio reserves the right to not award the scholarship if there is no candidate deemed suitable.

Applications and more information about each award may be found below:

Wade Richmond Memorial Scholarship

The Wade Richmond Memorial Scholarship is administered through the San Antonio Area Foundation. The amount of the scholarship varies each year. In recent years it has been approximately $1500, renewable for a total of four years of study contingent upon full enrollment and a satisfactory grade point average. Wade Richmond was a young man known to be a helpful, compassionate, thinking person interested in making a personal effort to better the world around him, and the scholarship is awarded to a high school senior who shares these qualities.

To apply, you should

have been a member of First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Antonio for a minimum of one year before the date of the application deadline. For specific membership requirements, see the Director of Lifespan Religious Education or the Minister. 

be an active participant of First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Antonio through religious education, youth group, or volunteerism; 

be a helpful, compassionate, thinking person interested in making a personal effort to better the world.

Application:

Two Essays:  500-1,000 words each

1- Please describe your involvement at First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Antonio including religious education experiences, youth group experiences and/or volunteerism.


2- The late Wade Richmond was a compassionate young man with leadership abilities and plans to make a difference in his community.  Please describe how you embody those qualities.  Applicants may also respond to the Unitarian Universalist affirmation “Love is our sacrament and service our prayer” as part of their answer.

References:
One letter of recommendation that can attest to your involvement at First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Antonio

One letter of recommendation from a high school teacher

A current high school transcript which includes a current G.P.A and current ranked percentile in class

References may not be provided by church staff.

Who will choose the scholarship recipient:
The selection committee includes the president, president-elect, and past president of the congregation and the chair of the Youth Religious Education Committee.

All materials are due to the Director of Lifespan Religious Education, dlre@uusat.org, on the last Sunday of April. Paper application forms are available upon request. Hard copy application materials must be delivered to the religious education office, First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Antonio, 7150 West Interstate 10 West, San Antonio, Texas 78213 and must be postmarked by the Friday before the last Sunday of April.

Liz Garrison Memorial Award

The Liz Garrison Memorial Award is a one-time award of $4,000, given each year. The recipient will be a promising youth who will be bridging into young adulthood. The award may be used for any purpose related to launching into life – first-apartment expenses, equipment and supplies to begin a trade, college tuition. The award is given by Ed Garrison and Jean Daniels in memory of their daughter Liz. The award will be given based on financial need to a young person who possesses qualities that were important to Liz: a compassionate nature and a deep interest in service and social justice, including LGBTQ rights. 

To apply, you should

be a high school senior or who turns 18 years old in the calendar year in which the award is made.

have been a member of First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Antonio for a minimum of one year before the date of the application deadline. For specific membership requirements, see the Director of Lifespan Religious Education or the Minister. 

be an active participant of First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Antonio through religious education, youth group, or volunteerism; 

possess the basic personal qualities that Liz had and admired: compassionate, with an interest in furthering causes of social justice including LGBTQ rights.

How to apply:

Complete a scholarship application. Your application will include

application form: this will include a question as to how this will provide  an opportunity you might not otherwise fulfill.

1- recommendation letter from a First UU adult who can speak to your involvement with the church as well as your spirit of service, demonstrated sense of responsibility and commitment to social justice.
2- recommendation letter from an adult who can speak to your spirit of service, demonstrated sense of responsibility, and commitment to social justice.
3- presentation or project: Formats may include but are not  limited to essay, slide presentation, or video. The presentation should demonstrate your
–active involvement in the life of First UU San Antonio
–concern for social justice
–sense of responsibility
The presentation should also explain how the award would allow you to realize an opportunity that might not otherwise be available to you, or would enhance your transition into young adulthood.
Essays should be 500-1,000 words; videos 5-10 minutes. Other formats should reflect an equivalent amount of effort.

Finalists may be invited to interview with the selection committee

References may not be provided by church staff.

Who will choose the award recipient:

Frank Garrison (family member)
Chair of First UU San Antonio’s Rainbow Inclusion Committee (or similar)
Chair of First UU San Antonio’s Social Justice Committee
Chair of the Member Care committee

All materials are due to the Director of Lifespan religious education, dlre@uusat.org, on the last Sunday of April. Paper application forms are available upon request. Hard copy application materials must be delivered to the religious education office, First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Antonio, 7150 West Interstate 10 West, San Antonio, Texas 78213 and must be postmarked by the Friday before the last Sunday of April.