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University-Associated Organizations

University-associated organizations (formerly known as University-related foundations) were created to enhance the fund-raising capabilities of the University or one or more of the University’s schools or departments, and, in addition to UVA Licensing & Ventures Group and the UVA Alumni Association, include: 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, the White Burkett Miller Center Foundation, and others. The relationship between the various foundations 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.

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 180 years, the UVA Alumni Association’s programs and traditions – including Reunions, the Ridley Scholars program, the Jefferson Trust, and Virginia Magazine – empower our 240,000+ 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 new Walentas Scholars Program develops leaders, citizens, and scholars who are in the first generation of their families to earn a bachelor’s degree, with its initial class joining 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.