University-associated organizations (formerly known as University-related foundations) exist and operate for the benefit of the University or one or more of its units by providing one or more of the following support functions: fundraising, asset management, programs, and services. The relationship between UAOs and the University is governed by a set of management principles and guidelines in a manner consistent with the University’s purpose, mission, policies, and procedures. For more information, see the Board of Visitor’s policy on University-associated organizations.
UAOs include, among others: UVA Licensing & Ventures Group, the UVA Alumni Association, the College Foundation, the School of Education and Human Development Foundation, the Darden School Foundation, the Virginia Engineering Foundation, the Law School Foundation, the Mclntire School of Commerce Foundation, the Medical Alumni Association & Medical School Foundation, the School of Nursing Alumni Association, the Virginia Athletics Foundation, and the White Burkett Miller Center Foundation.
University of Virginia Alumni Association
The UVA Alumni Association builds strong bonds and affinity on and beyond Grounds. With a rich history of innovation and self-governance dating back 185 years, the UVA Alumni Association’s programs and traditions – including Reunions, the Ridley Scholars program, the Jefferson Trust, and Virginia Magazine – empower our 250,000+ alumni to shape the world around us.
The Jefferson Scholars Foundation
The Jefferson Scholars Foundation benefits the University by identifying, attracting, and nurturing individuals of extraordinary intellectual range and depth who possess the highest concomitant qualities of leadership, scholarship, and citizenship. Its Jefferson Scholars Program, begun in 1981, supports outstanding undergraduate students in residence at the University. Awards are granted on the basis of merit in leadership, scholarship, and citizenship and provide support for four years of undergraduate study. Selections are made by a committee that includes University faculty, administrators, and alumni. The Walentas Scholars Program develops leaders, citizens, and scholars who are in the first generation of their families to earn a bachelor’s degree. Its initial class joined UVA in fall 2022. The Foundation also supports graduate students with the Jefferson Fellowship Program and the National Fellowship Program, additionally supporting faculty through both its Jefferson Scholars Foundation Professorship Program and its faculty awards programs.