Welcome from the 2017-18 Chairs
Greetings, fellow Wahoo parents!
Thank you for your interest in the Parents Fund Committee.
Made up of a diverse group of parents of current students and alumni, the PFC enhances the student experience for all UVA undergraduates. With members hailing from around the world, our group meets twice a year to learn, connect, and support a variety of student organizations and initiatives.
Last year, the Parents Fund Committee allocated more than $1.1 million to organizations spanning the arts, athletics, culture, religion, science, technology, safety, wellness, and leadership. We also provided essential support to the Office of Student Affairs, the Office of the President, the Meriwether Lewis Leadership Institute, and the 1515 University Avenue student center. We’re proud of our efforts to make the undergraduate experience at UVA truly extraordinary.
During our bi-annual committee meetings, we take an active role in shaping the lives of students. Each fall, we review and approve grant proposals covering a wide range of topics and interests. Every spring, we award the Gilbert J. Sullivan and Gordon C. Burris scholarships to rising third-year students who demonstrate citizenship, leadership, academic achievement, and financial need. Both gatherings provide us the opportunity to hear directly from students who have benefitted from the committee’s support.
In addition to helping undergraduates make the most of their time at the University, PFC members enjoy a number of other benefits. Our meetings feature updates from key University leadership, giving us a chance to learn about UVA’s strategic initiatives as well as what’s happening across Grounds. And they also allow us to connect with other like-minded parents who are committed to providing students with outstanding extracurricular opportunities.
While we value all gifts to the Parents Fund, membership in the Parents Fund Committee is reserved for families who give $2,500 per year or more. We know that there are plenty of ways to support this outstanding University; however, we consider our group to be crucial to cultivating the UVA undergraduate experience. So much of the learning that takes place in college happens outside of the classroom, and the Parents Fund Committee supports the organizations and initiatives that provide these valuable experiences.
If you’d like more information, please feel free to contact us or the Parents Fund team. We look forward to seeing you in Charlottesville soon!
Your 2017-18 Parents Fund Committee Co-Chairs
Ann & Doug Smith
Michelle & John Binnie