University Achievement Awards

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University Achievement Awards


President Jim Ryan recently approved an additional investment of $30 million to support need- and merit-based scholarships at the University. 

In a symbol of UVA’s commitment to creating greater diversity and access, $10 million of this investment to provide new matching funds for two important University initiatives—the Blue Ridge Scholars Program and the University Achievement Awards.

University Achievement Awards were created during the administration of President John T. Casteen III to add to the diversity of the student body. Awards are given to students from Virginia who demonstrate outstanding leadership and character while overcoming personal hardship. All in-state applicants are automatically considered for this award.

The award covers all tuition and fees. The target has been 50 students per class, for a total of 200 students each year, including first-generation college students.

Your gift to the University Achievement Awards today will have double the impact. Under these special terms, gifts of $100,000 or more will be matched at 100%. Once the $10 million is depleted, gifts of $100,000 or more will be matched at the regular rate of 50%.