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Endowments at UVA

This site features select endowed funds at the University of Virginia. Endowments must be funded at certain levels and may be designated for any school, department, or program at the University. They also may be named by the donor.

Endowments produce a steady stream of funding for professorships to recruit and retain distinguished faculty; scholarships and fellowships to support deserving students; lectureships to bring distinguished speakers to Grounds; library acquisitions; and academic prizes to recognize outstanding students and faculty. The University’s unrestricted endowment generates vital funding for operations and enables the University to respond to important needs as they arise. Use the headings above to find out more about specific endowed funds.

One for the Books

What would a university be without a library? These essential institutions underpin scholarly pursuit, providing students and faculty with access to virtually infinite knowledge. For nearly two centuries, the University of Virginia Library has stood as an enduring symbol of learning. Today, it is among the finest in the nation.

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Follow Through

Cindy Brinker Simmons (Col ’79) smiles whenever she recalls her “glorious, exhilarating, and exciting four years at UVA.”

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A True Gift For Good

Kyndia Riley, a 2016-17 Heartwood Scholarship recipient, is a first-generation college student and a mentor to students in Charlottesville schools. After graduation in 2019, she plans to teach and mentor younger children who lack access to resources for quality care and a good education. Riley’s parents are both incarcerated and she is struggling to pay for college on her own. The Heartwood Scholarship, made possible by a fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Richmond, helps cover her cost of attending UVA.

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How are men and women in leadership roles perceived differently? This was the subject of Amanda Cowen’s COMMTalk in April 2017. At its annual Spring Symposium, the McIntire School of Commerce presented “COMMTalks: Ideas. Inspiration. Impact,” featuring 10-minute TED Talk-style presentations by McIntire research faculty.

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Wisdom for the Planet

Will we be the last generation to fish for our food in the ocean?

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Bioblitz Reveals Biodiversity

Scientists often find much more data than expected when they engage in a bioblitz, a research effort focused on finding as many species as possible in a location within a short amount of time.

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