Spring 2021 Update:
The Parents Fund will hold two grants cycles: Fall 2020 & Spring 2021. In this way, we hope to remain flexible in our ongoing effort to best serve our students during these unprecedented times. Throughout the 2020-21 academic year, the Parents Fund will strictly adhere to the University’s COVID-compliance regulations, and we will also hold our grant applicants accountable to those rules.
Your gifts to the UVA Parents Fund support many essential areas of the student experience: health, wellness, and safety services; academic and career planning; diversity initiatives; volunteer efforts; club sports; and more.
The Parents Fund has allocated more than $1 million across Grounds annually for the last several academic years. Members of the Parents Fund Committee administer the grants and prefer to provide “seed money” to initiate new programs or to meet a one-time need—not to provide annual funding for existing programs.
The Rainy Day Fund
The UVA Parents Fund offers one-time grants to current undergraduate students facing unexpected financial hardship. In 2016, an anonymous gift from a UVA family created the Parents Rainy Day Fund. This endowed fund helps students facing financial hardship that potentially could derail their studies by providing one-time grants for basic necessities or other unforeseen expenses, such as travel costs during a family emergency. Learn More
The Student Enrichment Fund
The UVA Parents Fund provides grants to current undergraduate students who lack the resources to participate in professional development and academic enrichment experiences, such as studying abroad, taking J-Term classes, or pursuing internships. Learn More