The Annual Fund includes gifts made by University of Virginia fans including alumni, student-athlete alumni, friends, and businesses. In 2021, more than 9,500 individuals made the commitment to be members of the Virginia Athletics Foundation (VAF). 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 2021, VAF raised over $19.47 million in its Annual Fund. These donations, along with endowment distributions, fund all athletic scholarships. The growth of the Annual Fund is critical to funding scholarships in the future.

Our Annual Fund goal in 2022 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 NCAA-sanctioned teams. We are committed to fully funding all scholarships, sport specific operations, academic affairs, and additional costs due to the NCAA granting an extra year of eligibility for student-athletes to return in 2022-23. 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.

2021–22 Scholarship Costs

  • In-State: $35,163

  • Out-of-State: $70,813

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.

My scholarship changed my life and made it possible for me to attend my dream school where I’ll receive a top-notch college education that will benefit me for the rest of my life. I’m grateful for the high standards to which UVA student-athletes are held and for the opportunities to forge strong connections with alumni.”


Donor support to me means the opportunity to build relationships, attend an amazing university, and receive an excellent education. Without the support from donors, I may not have gotten the chance to attend the University of Virginia.”


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.

Because of my scholarship, I can study at a really good university with an excellent program that I am interested in. It gave me the opportunity to study economics. At UVA I have the best support to do school work and play field hockey at the highest level. It makes me proud that I can play for the Charlottesville community and have people in the bleachers to cheer us on at every game! It does not matter where we play, we always have fans with us and that means a lot.”


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.”

Every day I realize how fortunate I am to be a part of the wrestling team here at the University. I am surrounded by like-minded individuals who push me both academically and athletically. My coaches are awesome leaders that truly care about me and my well-being. There are some phenomenal people here at UVA and I am just lucky to be a part of this athletic department and program.”


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 grateful to receive a scholarship to play football and to donors for making this opportunity possible. I love the experience of being a student-athlete at the University of Virginia and am incredibly thankful for those who have contributed to my education and team. I have had amazing opportunities that would not have been possible without football, and it is a great honor.”


I was born and raised in Columbia and I fell in love with tennis after attending the US open in 2008 as a little girl. The student-athlete experience at UVA has challenged me and helped me grow. I have faced language barriers with my colleagues, yet I have learned to embrace the American culture and adopt new ways of being. With hard work, dedication, and perseverance, I am thankful to be part of the UVA women’s tennis team.”