ENDOWMENT

Below are recorded zoom calls with head coaches, endowed scholar-athletes, and endowment donors showing the true value of an endowed scholarship. These calls allowed our coaches, student-athletes and donors the opportunity to connect on a personal level and start the foundation of their relationship that will last for many years to come. Scholarships are an integral part of what the VAF provides student-athletes, but the relationships and positive impact our endowment donors have with these student-athletes matter the most.

An endowment gift is one of the most powerful gifts a donor can make to Virginia Athletics. Endowed funds provide a lasting source of support for Virginia Athletics. Gifts can be made to establish endowed scholarship funds or sport-specific operational funds to assist with annual budgetary needs.

Baseball

Field Hockey

Football

Men’s Basketball

Men’s Golf

Men’s Lacrosse

Men’s Soccer

Men’s Swimming & Diving

Men’s Tennis

Men’s Track & Field

Rowing

  • The John William and Mary Virginia Barnard Endowed Scholarship – Sophia Kershner | Palmyra, VA | CRITERIA
  • The Leonard W. Sandridge, Jr. Endowed Scholarship – Abbie Bird | Ascot, England | CRITERIA
  • The Women’s Rowing STEM Bicentennial Scholarship Fund – Gabby Grob | Henrico, VA | CRITERIA

Softball

Volleyball

  • The Bob Olderman Student-Athlete Scholarship Fund Agreement – Sarah Billiard | Matthews, NC | CRITERIA
  • The Mark and Anne Sternheimer Scholarship for Excellence in Athletics Fund – Grace Turner | Cincinnati, OH | CRITERIA

Women’s Basketball

Women’s Golf

Women’s Lacrosse

Women’s Soccer

Women’s Swimming & Diving

  • The Mark Bernardino Endowed Swimming Scholarship – Emma Seiberlich | Audubon, PA | CRITERIA
  • The Juliana Schulte O’Reilly and Brian T. O’Reilly Bicentennial Scholars Fund – Jessica Nava | Ft. Lauderdale, FL | CRITERIA
  • The Gus and Becky Ramirez Swimming and Diving Scholarship – Kyla Valls | Miami, FL | CRITERIA

Women’s Tennis

  • The Nancy Wachtel Shrier Endowed Tennis Scholarship – Amber O’Dell | New Milford, NJ | CRITERIA
  • The Cindy Brinker Simmons Endowed Scholarship for Women’s Tennis – Sofia Munera | Pereira, Columbia | CRITERIA
  • The Virginia Athletics Foundation Endowed Tennis Scholarship – Rosie Johanson | Abbotsford, British Columbia | CRITERIA

Women’s Track & Field

Wrestling

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SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENTS

The Foundation is able to fund the 316.6 athletics scholarships allowed by the NCAA for the 25 varsity sports sponsored by UVA each year, but only a small percentage of those are funded by the endowment. Currently, 92 student-athletes have been awarded endowed scholarships. The goal is to endow all of the scholarships in order to rely less on the Annual Fund.

Gifts to establish endowed scholarships are invested and an annual distribution is used to provide funding for designated scholarship recipients. Gifts can be made at any level to the scholarship endowments. An endowed scholarship recognition wall is located in John Paul Jones Arena.

The Virginia Athletics Foundation works with the Virginia Athletics administration and UVA head coaches to recognize deserving student-athletes who meet the criteria of each of our named scholarships.

  • $1,000,000 Scholarship Endowment

  • Donor can establish scholarship criteria and designate sport and position, if desired
  • Student-athlete is named as recipient according to established criteria
  • Donor recognized on donor wall, website, annual report, etc.
  • Donor receives bio of student-athlete on annual basis
  • Annual acknowledgment from student-athlete
  • Invitation to endowment dinner with recipient, if available
  • $500,000 Endowed In-State Scholarship/Partial Out-of-State Scholarship
  • Donor can establish scholarship criteria and designate sport and position, if desired
  • Student-athlete is named as recipient according to established criteria
  • Donor recognized on donor wall, website, annual report, etc.
  • Donor receives bio of student-athlete on annual basis
  • Annual acknowledgment from student-athlete
  • Invitation to endowment dinner with recipient, if available
  • A student-athlete may be awarded multiple named scholarships at this level to meet the actual cost of a full grant-in-aid scholarship

  • $250,000 Endowed Partial Scholarship
  • Donor can establish scholarship criteria and designate sport and position, if desired
  • Student-athlete is named as recipient according to established criteria
  • Donor recognized on donor wall, website, annual report, etc.
  • Donor receives bio of student-athlete on annual basis
  • Annual acknowledgment from student-athlete
  • Invitation to endowment dinner with recipient, if available
  • A student-athlete may be awarded multiple named scholarships at this level to meet the actual cost of a full grant-in-aid scholarship

  • $100,000 Sport-specific Scholarship Endowment
  • A donor may designate a scholarship at $100,000 or more to a specific sport

  • While no specific student-athlete will be named, the donor will receive an invitation to the endowment dinner and will be acknowledged in annual reports.

OPERATIONAL ENDOWMENTS

Like an endowed scholarship, an operational endowment provides an ongoing source of financial support for the designated team. Gifts to an operational endowment are invested and an annual distribution is used to assist in the funding of the designated team’s budget. Naming opportunities begin at $50,000 but gifts of any size can be made toward operational endowments.

When a gift is made to the endowment, the Foundation invests it with the University of Virginia Investment Management Company (UVIMCO) for long-term growth. The earnings generated by the investments are used to support the scholarship or operational needs in the area that the donor chooses to endow.

  • Head Coach Endowment – contact the VAF office for more information (800.626.8723)

  • Donor can designate a sport, if desired

  • Endowment supplements the operation of the designated sport or the head coach’s salary

  • Donor recognized on donor wall, website, annual report, etc.

  • Annual acknowledgment/interaction with head coach

  • Invitation to endowment dinner with head coach, if available

  • $500,000 Assistant Coach Endowment

  • Donor can designate a sport, if desired

  • Endowment supplements the operation of the designated sport or the assistant coach’s salary

  • Donor recognized on donor wall, website, annual report, etc.

  • Annual acknowledgment/interaction with assistant coach

  • Invitation to endowment dinner with assistant coach, if available

  • $250,000 Team Endowment
  • Donor can designate a sport, if desired

  • Endowment supplements the operation of the designated sport

  • Donor recognized on donor wall, website, annual report, etc.

  • Invitation to endowment dinner, if available

  • $100,000 Team Captain Endowment
  • Donor can designate a sport, if desired

  • Endowment supplements the operation of the designated sport

  • Donor recognized on donor wall, website, annual report, etc.

  • Annual acknowledgment from head coach

  • $50,000 Operational Endowment
  • Donor can designate a sport, if desired

  • Endowment supplements the operation of the designated sport

  • Donor recognized on donor wall, website, annual report, etc.

Our players always distinguished themselves with loads of heart and spirit. We endowed this basketball scholarship to honor our parents’ memory and to support that continued character in our teams.”

KYLE HUSKE
1994 UVA Arts & Sciences
VAF Endowed Scholarship donor