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.

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, 106 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 | DETAILS
  • $500,000 Endowed In-State/Partial Out-of-State Scholarship | DETAILS
  • $250,000 Endowed Partial Scholarship | DETAILS
  • $100,000 Sport-specific Scholarship Endowment | DETAILS

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.

  • Head coach endowments begin at $1 million
  • Assistant coach endowments are also available
  • Contact the VAF office for more information (800.626.8723)

Hear from head coaches, endowed scholar-athletes, and endowment donors about 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.

When a scholarship or operational 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.


Field Hockey


Men’s Basketball

Men’s Golf

Men’s Lacrosse

Men’s Soccer

Men’s Swimming & Diving

Men’s Tennis

Men’s Track & Field


  • The John William and Mary Virginia Barnard Endowed Scholarship – Leia Till | Potomac, MD | CRITERIA
  • The Leonard W. Sandridge, Jr. Endowed Scholarship – Abbie Bird | Ascot, England | CRITERIA
  • Women’s Rowing STEM Bicentennial Scholarship Fund – Lauren Orr | Hood River, OR | CRITERIA



  • The Bob Olderman Student-Athlete Scholarship Fund Agreement – Milla Ciprian | St. John’s, FL | CRITERIA

  • Amy Mitchell Griffin Bicentennial Scholars Fund – Jayna Francis | Virginia Beach, VA | CRITERIA
  • 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

  • Hollingsworth Family Bicentennial Scholars Fund – Ella Nelson | Nashville, TN | CRITERIA
  • 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 – Alexis Wenger | Detroit, MI | CRITERIA

Women’s Tennis

Women’s Track & Field


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.”

1994 UVA Arts & Sciences
VAF Endowed Scholarship donor