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.
Sculpture Builds Fellowship
Victor and Sono Elmaleh Fellowship Fund in the School of Architecture
Kim Tanzer had only been dean of the School of Architecture for a few months in 2009 when something rather unusual happened—she learned of storage units, leased by the school, that contained a sculpture by renowned artist and sculptor Harry Bertoia.
Giving with No End in Sight
Paul Goodloe McIntire Endowments
If you’ve been on the Grounds of the University of Virginia or just about anywhere in Charlottesville, you will recognize the name McIntire.
Paul Goodloe McIntire, Charlottesville native and twentieth-century benefactor, made numerous gifts to UVA—meaningful and wide-ranging gifts to support the arts, sciences, commerce, and cancer research. Nearly a century later, his extraordinary generosity continues to benefit the University.
A Parade of Gifts
Hunter and Carl Smith Endowments
Give it about a decade, they told her, and UVA will have one of the top marching bands in the country.
Their prediction proved exact. And back in 2003, when Elizabeth Hudson, then chair of the Department of Music, consulted her counterparts around the region about the University’s potential to field a first-class band and heard their advice, she was prepared to be patient.
A Visible Impact
The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation
Exquisite treasures carefully arranged on miniature stages. Collages of enigmatic tokens and symbols behind curtains of glass. Joseph Cornell is known for his meticulously composed assemblage and collage art, and his influence can be seen in the work of other twentieth-century American artists, including Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol.
Major Artist, Major Inspiration
Ruffin Distinguished Artist-in-Residence
Mark Dion, an award-winning conceptual artist whose installations are commissioned worldwide, is the Ruffin Distinguished Artist-in-Residence for 2015–16. His installations and museum interventions have imitated natural history displays, cabinets of curiosities, and archaeological digs. Dion’s work explores ways dominant ideologies and public institutions influence our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world.
Kapnick Foundation Distinguished Writer-in-Residence
Almost sixty years ago, students cutting across the Lawn would routinely encounter a dapper, gray-haired man absentmindedly filling his pipe on the way to his office in Alderman Library. It was William Faulkner, who came to UVA as writer-in-residence during the spring semesters of 1957 and 1958.
A New Direction for Drama
Caplin Guest Artist Endowment
Thanks to the Caplin Guest Artist Endowment, the Department of Drama has been able to attract directors of the caliber of Sandy Shinner, known for premiering new works at Chicago’s Tony Award-winning Victory Gardens Theater, and John Vreeke, a Helen Hayes Award winner for his productions in Washington, D.C.
No Empty Seats
Ambassador Henry J. Taylor and Mrs. Marion R. Taylor Professor of Media Studies
Bruce Williams has experienced the impact and allure of endowed professorship from both sides.
As a department chairman at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Williams struggled to retain good faculty when there were few endowed chairs to go around. And while a professor of media studies at the University of Virginia, he was courted by a major university with a handsome offer including a stunning Midtown Manhattan office. But being named the first Ambassador Henry J. Taylor and Mrs. Marion R. Taylor Professor of Media Studies kept him at UVA.