$21 MILLION TO RAISE
The Annual Fund includes gifts made by University of Virginia fans including alumni, student-athlete alumni, friends, and businesses. In 2022, more than 9,300 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 2022, VAF raised more than $19.7 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 2023 is to raise $21 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.
2022–23 Scholarship Costs*
*Based on 1st year College of Arts and Sciences attendance costs
|NCAA # Scholarships Maximum||Estimated Scholaship Cost 2023*|
|Men’s Track and Field & Cross Country||12.6||$894,124|
|Men’s Swimming and Diving||9.9||$761,459|
|Women’s Field Hockey||12||$910,663|
|Women’s Track and Field & Cross Country||18||$1,194,219|
|Women’s Swimming and Diving||14||$970,810|
*includes summer school
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 FOR THE OPPORTUNITIES TO FORGE STRONG CONNECTIONS WITH ALUMNI.”
SCOTT BOWER | Dallas, TX
“FOR MANY STUDENT-ATHLETES LIKE MYSELF, PAYING FOR COLLEGE TUITION IN A POWER FIVE CONFERENCE WAS NOT THE EASIEST, OR MAYBE EVEN POSSIBLE. BY RECEIVING A SCHOLARSHIP, IT WAS A HUGE WEIGHT LIFTED OFF OF MY PARENTS’ SHOULDERS. FOR THAT, I WILL ALWAYS BE GRATEFUL.”
LAILA ROGERS | Rockville, MD
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.
“AS AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT, BEING AWARDED A SCHOLARSHIP IS INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT TO BEING ABLE TO REACH MY GOALS, AND I AM SO THANKFUL TO THE VAF DONORS WHO CONTRIBUTE TO SCHOLARSHIPS AND ALLOW OUR PROGRAMS TO THRIVE. THESE DONORS’ GENEROSITY ALLOWS ME AND MANY OTHERS TO ACHIEVE THEIR DREAMS AND SUCCEED AT UVA AND BEYOND.”
DANIELLE HUSAR | Mississauga, Canada
Athletics Academic Affairs provides support and resources to our student-athletes.
OPERATIONAL BUDGET SUPPORT
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 to maintain a competitive schedule by funding travel. 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 WHO TRULY CARE ABOUT ME AND MY WELL-BEING. THERE ARE SOME PHENOMENAL PEOPLE HERE AT UVA, AND I AM JUST LUCKY TO BE PART OF THIS ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT AND PROGRAM.”
PATRICK McCORMICK | Poquoson, VA
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 LOVE THE EXPERIENCE OF BEING A STUDENT-ATHLETE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA, AND I 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.”
DEREK DEVINE | Pittsburgh, PA
“I WILL FOREVER BE THANKFUL TO THE VAF DONORS WHO HAVE MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO COME TO UVA ALL THE WAY FROM ITALY. THE ATMOSPHERE YOU EXPERIENCE WALKING AROUND GROUNDS IS MOTIVATION TO STRIVE FOR MORE IN WHATEVER IT IS YOU ARE DOING. IT IS HARD NOT TO BE INSPIRED IN A PLACE LIKE THIS AND BEING ABOUT TO DO WHAT I LOVE THE MOST EVERY DAY IS PRICELESS.”
SARA ZIODATO | Trieste, Italy