NAIN Young Adult Scholarship

I can’t endorse the North American Interfaith Network’s (NAIN) Young Adult Scholarship and Conference enough. I first discovered NAIN about two years ago from a colleague and guest author on this blog, Vanessa Brake. I decided to apply solely for networking. What I discovered was a whole new interfaith community working on amazing social justice projects.

NAIN’s mission is “to build communication and mutual understanding among interfaith organizations and diverse religious groups throughout North America. Without infringing on the effort of existing organizations, NAIN facilitates the networking possibilities of these organizations and encourages cooperative interaction based on serving the needs and promoting the aspirations of all member groups.”

The NAIN offers a unique opportunity to include younger representatives (ages 16-35) in a valuable interfaith encounter during the 2013 NAINConnect in Toronto, ON, Canada.  This scholarship recognizes young adults across the continent who are actively engaged in important work at the high school, college, graduate, and professional level.


If you are passionate about interfaith work, we welcome your energy and enthusiasm and encourage you to apply!  You do not need to be part of a NAIN member organization to apply.  Recipients are selected by the NAIN Young Adult Committee, according to the directives of the NAIN Board of Directors.  See below for complete information about the application process and requirements.

Scholarship DescriptionThis year, NAIN offers two scholarship opportunities.

  1. The Young Adult Scholarship provides a stipend of $500 to cover the cost of attending the Connect.
  2. The Local Toronto Area Scholarship is designed for applicants from the Toronto area.  It provides a reduced stipend of $250.

Scholarship recipients will receive:

  • A stipend to help cover the cost of registration, travel, housing, and meals at the Connect taking place in Toronto, Canada –  August 11-14, 2013.
  • A reduced registration fee.
  • The option of sharing a room with another scholarship recipient.
QualificationsScholarship recipients are required to:

  • Be actively engaged at the NAINConnect, attending the majority of the programming.
  • Speak on a panel or participate in a workshop at some point during the Connect.  More information will be provided to selected scholarship recipients.
  • Applicants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult chaperone, or indicate upon applying that they would be attending the Connect unaccompanied so that a chaperone can be assigned accordingly.

Additional Information:

Scholarship Application deadline: April 15, 2013

Essay – The essay is an integral part of the application and is evaluated with great care by the Young Adult Committee.  The essay should be approximately 750-1,000 words in length and should answer the following questions:

  1. Why is interfaith work important to you?
  2. In what ways do you participate in the interfaith and/or diversity initiatives of your community, campus, or organization?  Feel free to attach relevant articles, press releases or other material describing this work, if any.
  3. What to do you hope to gain by attending the 2013 NAINConnect?

When you have completed your application, please review it to ensure that you have completed all relevant parts, then hit submit.

All applications are due by Sunday, April 15, 2013 at 11:59 PM PST.

Please be advised that you will be prompted to login via Facebook, Linkedin or manually. You may use any of these options. But on the manual form, the resume upload portion is not required as it says, and you may skip it. Also, you have the option of uploading your essay or typing it into the answer box. 

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