The campaign has enhanced UVA’s vibrant community, its culture of service, and the collaborative curiosity of its faculty and students. From hundreds of endowed scholarships and professorships to a new School of Data Science; from an institute for the study of democracy to promising research in specific diseases; the campaign gives essential momentum to the University’s strategic ambitions.
One of the campaign’s signature achievements is the creation of endowed scholarships and professorships. The Bicentennial Scholars program paired donor contributions with institutional matching funds to establish more than 500 endowed scholarship funds for undergraduate and graduate students.
In one of many remarkable examples, David and the late Jane Walentas donated $100 million to the Jefferson Scholars Foundation, $50 million of which has created the Walentas Scholars Program for first generation students and $25 million of which will support Walentas Fellows who will be first generation Darden students. The remaining $25 million will complete the funding for JSF Darden Fellowships and establish three distinguished professorships. David Walentas, one of the nation’s most successful self-made entrepreneurs, is a 1961 undergraduate alumnus of UVA and a 1964 graduate of its Darden School of Business. He was the first in his family to attend college.