Since 1974 the Austin Scholarship Committee has reviewed applications and awarded 12-17 scholarships per year to graduating high school seniors in the Austin area. Committee members visit Chicago schools to invite applicants; review, deliberate and vote on awards; and participate in planning and staging the awards ceremony.
The current scholarship is for $1000 per student, awarded in two installments: the first based on high school grades and acceptance to college, and the second based on the student successfully completing the first semester.
During the preceding church year, the committee raises funds through church events and outreach to other congregations. For many years, in addition the Third Unitarian, Unity Temple in Oak Park and Winnetka Congregational Church have contributed to the fund.
Each May, the winners and their parents are invited to the church service for the annual Scholarship Sunday awards ceremony.