University of Virginia Giving

Why I Give

The Power of Matching Gifts

Madeline Chiavini (McIntire ’11)

As an undergraduate at the University of Notre Dame, Madeline Chiavini sampled a wide variety of courses. When she graduated in 2010 with a degree in literature and philosophy and a passion for the workings of the financial world, however, she knew she had to fill in some gaps in order to qualify for a graduate program in finance. So she entered the masters’ program at the McIntire School of Commerce.

Sustaining What Works

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John DeYoung (Engr ’99)

John DeYoung understands the value of a fundamentally sound design. A senior manager for noise and vibrations testing at the Nissan Technical Center in Stanfield, Ariz., he credits the strong fundamentals and balance in his undergraduate experience in the School of Engineering and Applied Science as a foundation for much of his success.

Strengthening Her Community

Lily Bowles (Col '12)

Lily Bowles is all about making connections. During her four years at the University, this Jefferson Scholar from Washington, DC, has been on the forefront of developing initiatives designed to link members of the University with academic and civic engagement activities that they are passionate about.


Renewing a Familiar Bond

Laila Ouhamou (Col '06)

Last fall, when Laila Ouhamou (Col ’06) attended a reception for alumni given by President Teresa Sullivan, she did not expect it to feel as if she was coming home.

Reconstructing Ties to Charlottesville

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Daniel Crocker (Graduate Arts & Sciences '95)

Daniel Crocker’s involvement with a UVA engineering class in Panama City, Panama, led him to reflect on his own time spent in Charlottesville.Through his position at the US Embassy in Panama, he helped coordinate events for students participating in a January term class in the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Living the Liberal Arts

Rachael Eller (Col ’12)

Rachael Eller is living the wisdom of her liberal arts training every day. The recent graduate, an art history and English double major, has worked at The Fralin Museum of Art since the start of her fourth year.

Grateful Parents’ Support Extends from UVA to the River Thames

Denise and Doug Stuard (Parents ’13)

At an hour when most students are still sound asleep, Scott Stuard (Col ’13) is already putting hand to oar in one of his grueling six-days-a-week rowing practices.

Rowing hasn’t always been Scott’s thing. In fact, before walking on to the Virginia Men’s Rowing team in 2009, he had never touched an oar—nor was he a morning person. Now, however, he accepts 5-a.m. wakeup calls without hesitation.


Fostering a Sense of Connection

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Joel Weber (Darden ’10)

Growing up as the child of two UVA faculty members, Joel Weber (Darden ’10) has deep roots at the University. While he earned his undergraduate degree at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, when he was looking around for an MBA program the Darden School of Business was his only choice. Steeped as he is in the traditions and value of Mr. Jefferson’s University, Weber also knows the importance of supporting the institution…the whole institution.


Double ‘Hoo Gives Back as She Journeys Forward

Jessica Childress (Col ’07, Law ’10)

From a young age, Jessica Childress (Col ’07, Law ’10) had a “profound appreciation for UVA” instilled in her—primarily by her mother, a Curry School alumna, and her grandfather, a former University employee. Thus, it is unsurprising that after seven years on Grounds, the now licensed attorney has found herself heeding a lesson learned early in her college career: taking ownership of one’s alma mater means assuming a leading role in its future.


Breezing Out of the Comfort Zone

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Lisa Holloway Barber (Col ’03)

Lisa Holloway Barber wasn’t prepared for the culture of scholarship she found when she arrived at UVA Growing up in a working class family, she attended average schools where she was rarely required to think in order to get good grades. All that changed when she got to the University.


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