Welcome from the Chairs
Thank you for your interest in the UVA Parents Fund Committee. We are dedicated to enhancing the student experience—and we welcome you to be a part of this important work.
The Parents Fund Committee is a diverse and engaging group. Our membership includes both alumni and non-alumni parents who hail from all over the globe, from Charlottesville to Hong Kong! We get together twice a year to connect with one another and to hear from University leaders about topics ranging from career services, to student safety, to what’s “hot now” in and around the school. These meetings represent an unparalleled opportunity to forge relationships, glean information, and make a big school feel small.
These gatherings also provide an opportunity for Committee members to award grants from the Parents Fund. Last year, we allocated over a $1 million to meet an incredibly wide array of strategic needs: We awarded $300,000 to the University Career Center to develop their Internship Center, and funded the traditional “Lighting of the Lawn” event in December. We worked to connect students and teachers in several ways, from a series of Second Year dinners to the Undergraduate Student Opportunities in Academic Research (USOAR) program. We helped ensure that the programs that matter most to students—from club sports to fine arts programs to cultural awareness events—could move forward with excellence. We funded existing scholarships for current students, and for the first time, awarded three scholarships rather than our usual two. We also stayed in close touch with President Sullivan, University deans, and the students themselves to identify time-sensitive needs and help sustain the unparalleled undergraduate experience that has become a hallmark of a UVA education.
While all contributions to the Parents Fund are welcome and very much appreciated, membership in the Parents Fund Committee is offered to families who contribute $2,500 per year or more. We are keenly aware that there are countless ways to support the University, yet we consider this group, and the valuable work that it does on behalf of our children and their peers, to be among the most significant opportunities we have been privileged to participate in during our tenure as parents at UVA. We hope you will consider joining us.
Please feel free to contact us or the Parents Fund team for more information, or if we can help answer any questions. Hope to see you in Charlottesville soon!
Your 2016-2017 UVA Parents Fund Committee Co-Chairs
Karen & Chris Johnsen
Parents 2015, 2017
Shelby & John Saer