The Annual Fund includes gifts made by UVA fans including alumni, student-athlete alumni, friends and businesses. In 2019, more than 11,000 individuals made the commitment to be members of the Virginia Athletics Foundation. The financial investment of VAF members helps position our teams to successfully compete in the ACC and on the national stage.

Your gift to the Annual Fund supports athletics scholarships, the academic experience of student-athletes and sport-specific operational budgets. In 2019, VAF raised over $18 million in its Annual Fund. These donations, along with endowment distributions, fund all of the athletic scholarships. The growth of the Annual Fund is critical to funding scholarships in the future.

Our Annual Fund goal in 2020 is to raise $20 million. While a minimum gift is required to receive select benefits, any gift of any size makes a difference. Please refer to the Guide to Giving tab for more benefit details.

Unrestricted: Unrestricted gifts donated to the Annual Fund will be used where most needed and include scholarship and academic support.

Friends Of: Donors wishing to support a specific sport have the option to allocate their gift to a Friends Of program. This is a critical component in meeting the operational budget needs as well as scholarship costs for specific sports within the athletics department. As revenue producing sports, football and men’s basketball do not have Friends Of programs.

Ways to Support the Annual Fund: A gift can be designated unrestricted, Friends Of or a combination of both.


The primary focus of the VAF Annual Fund is to pay for 316.6 scholarships, the maximum allowed by the NCAA for UVA’s 25 teams.  All scholarships allowed by the NCAA are fully funded through a combination of donations to the Annual Fund and endowment distributions. As in-state and out-of-state tuition costs rise each year, so do scholarship costs.

2019-2020 Scholarship Costs

  • In-State: $33,000

  • Out-of-State: $67,500

Sports NCAA Maximum # of Scholarships Projected 2020
Grant-in-Aid Costs
Baseball 11.7 $759,168
Men’s Basketball 13 $966,215
Football 85 $5,855,898
Men’s Golf 4.5 $259,299
Men’s Track and Field & CC 12.6 $804,717
Men’s Men’s Lacrosse 12.6 $888,233
Men’s Soccer 9.9 $731,449
Men’s Swimming and Diving 9.9 $611,413
Men’s Tennis 4.5 $317,383
Wrestling 9.9 $647,209
Men’s Subtotal 173.6 $11,840,984
Women’s Basketball 15 $933,007
Field Hockey 12 $784,812
Women’s Golf 6 $418,169
Women’s Track and Field & CC 18 $1,149,596
Women’s Lacrosse 12 $759,493
Rowing 20 $1,297,018
Women’s Soccer 14 $972,785
Softball 12 $663,103
Women’s Swimming and Diving 14 $864,624
Women’s Tennis 8 $546,273
Volleyball 12 $870,136
Women’s Subtotal 143 $9,259,016
Total 316.6 $21,100,000

Note: A generous gift from an anonymous donor provides funding for the men’s and women’s squash programs, including support for scholarships, annual operational funds and facility enhancements through an endowment.

Future fundraising, led by University Advancement, in partnership with Friends of Virginia Squash, will ensure all expenses for both squash programs will be covered. To make a Friends of Virginia Squash gift, Click Here.

I’m incredibly excited and proud to be a part of a community where excellence and hard work are valued both in the classroom and on the football field.”

2015 UVA Arts & Sciences
2016 UVA Masters of Education

Wil’s Scholarship Story

We need your support to reach our goal and give UVA student-athletes the opportunity for academic and athletic success.


The vision for Athletics Academic Affairs is to develop and empower all UVA student-athletes to become independent lifelong learners and productive citizens by providing comprehensive and collaborative academic support services. The staff is dedicated to providing support and resources such as:

  • Academic Coordinators and a Learning Specialist that collaborate with faculty, deans, advisors and other University personnel who are committed to the academic success of student-athletes.

  • Access to tutors and support during periods of away travel.

  • Access to computer labs and printers.

  • Degree Completion Program that provides student-athlete alumni who pursue professional athletics careers prior to graduation the opportunity to return to finish their degrees.

From tutoring to preparing for life after sport and graduation, Athletics Academic Affairs provides a wonderful opportunity for all student-athletes to succeed during their time at UVA and in the next chapter of their life.”

2017 UVA Arts & Sciences
French Language and Literature major

Ali’s Academic Affairs Story

Athletics Academic Affairs provides support and resources to our student-athletes.


Annual operational budget support for each of the University’s 14 women’s and 13 men’s sports is provided through a combination of athletics department funds and donor contributions.  This includes but is not limited to recruiting costs, team travel and equipment. The support of VAF donors directly impacts the University’s Olympic sports teams each year by relieving pressure on the annual budget and allowing the department to expand what coaches feel is necessary to compete for an NCAA championship.

For example, operational support allows teams such as softball to maintain a competitive schedule by traveling to the West Coast each season. In colder weather months, rowing has the opportunity to travel to Florida for outdoor training and competition. Recently Virginia Wrestling’s training facility was aesthetically transformed, instilling a strong sense of pride in UVA wrestlers. In Coach Steve Garland’s words, “We are standing on the shoulders of those who have come before us and I think the graphics will honor the legacy of past UVA wrestling greats for years to come.”

The new graphics in the wrestling room give our team a visual representation of what we work hard for every day. Seeing the success of our past teams and teammates gives us great motivation to go the extra mile to achieve what they have.”

RS Junior, UVA Wrestling

Friends Of contributions help UVA student-athletes and coaches be in a position to pursue excellence in competition and in the classroom.

Thank you, VAF donors!

I am eternally grateful for the generous donations of the VAF. Without their selflessness and dedication to our University, I would not be able to enjoy the many benefits and opportunities the University of Virginia has to offer!”

2018 UVA Education
Kinesiology major

Aliyah’s Story

It is a great honor for me to have received The Downing Family Endowed Tennis and Leadership Scholarship. I know the donors who made this possible, Andy and Cheri Downing, and having their support is incredible for the men’s tennis program and for me personally.”

2017 UVA Commerce

Thai-Son’s Story