STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS

Gifts to fund or create scholarships benefit not only UCF students, but the entire university and its national reputation.

Your gift to help fund need-based or merit scholarships for current and future UCF students not only keeps the university a top choice for the academic superstars whose attendance enhances UCF’s reputation and success, but also makes a UCF education accessible to a larger and more diverse group of students.

Top-achieving students without financial need can choose from virtually any university; scholarships are often the factor that tips the scales toward UCF. National Merit Scholars, the top 1% in the nation by SAT score, receive scholarship support for their academic achievement — part of the reason there are 247 of them enrolled at UCF this year. That’s the second-highest total in Florida, and it places us among the top schools nationwide in National Merit Scholars enrollment.

...student loan debt may have a ripple effect on the economy by causing graduates to postpone home ownership...

At the same time, need-based scholarships help remove financial obstacles, making it possible for high-performing students who might not otherwise be able to afford a UCF education to achieve their goal of earning a degree. In 2012, 84% of UCF students received aid in the form of grants and scholarships. But even with financial aid and modest tuition costs, student loans are the go-to for the unfunded gap, which according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, may soon have a ripple effect on the economy by causing graduates to postpone home ownership, divert money from retirement accounts, and impede their ability to take small-business loans.

You can help in several ways:

Give to support scholarships through the UCF Fund. Direct gifts can be made to help fund scholarships for first-generation students or scholarships within specific colleges.

Create or contribute to an endowed scholarship fund. Endowed scholarships are those that are funded annually by the earnings of a gift that is preserved and invested by the Foundation. Generally, a gift of $25,000 is required to establish an endowed scholarship, although it may be made in installments. Once an endowed scholarship fund is established, gifts of any size may be contributed to the fund.

Give to one of our new 50 for 50 Endowed Funds. These funds — one for each college — bundle together multiple donors' contributions to create a new endowment whose earnings will fund need-based, unrestricted scholarships.


Gifts to fund scholarships help first-generation students like biomedical sciences major Kevin Choy overcome the financial obstacles that often stand in the way of promising students.

HELP FUND SCHOLARSHIPS FOR FIRST-GEN STUDENTS

ACADEMIC COLLEGES

Individual colleges at UCF are as distinct as the students studying within them.
Your gifts help address college-specific priorities and goals.

In just 50 years, UCF has grown from a small school focused on serving the growing space program at the Kennedy Space Center into one of the nation's largest, most dynamic and most diverse institutions.

Along the way, we've branched into 12 distinct colleges united by a love of all things black and gold but in many other ways very different from one another. Like our Knights, each college has an individual personality.

One size doesn’t always fit all, so if you’d like to target your support to a particular college — maybe the college of your degree — we make it easy.

Online, you can either donate to the general support fund for the college of your choice, allowing college leaders to decide how best to put your gift to work, or you can visit a college-specific donation page for more fine-grained options. 

If you'd like to make a different kind of gift — planned or endowed, for example — the development officer in your area of interest would be happy to discuss the opportunities with you.

STUDENT EXPERIENCE

Gifts that expand co-curricular opportunities enrich the student experience and add depth to a UCF education.

At UCF, student life is vibrant and diverse. Students can attend concerts and athletic events, take advantage of lectures and exhibits, and participate in any of the university’s 350 clubs and organizations. And that’s just for starters. 

There are abundant opportunities for students to immerse themselves in many service projects on- and off-campus, including community outreach through Volunteer UCF, a group that works with more than 200 community organizations in Central Florida, or at the Knights Helping Knights Pantry, a place that serves UCF students by providing food and toiletries for those in need.

...provide leadership opportunities for the next generation of movers and shakers in Central Florida.

Opportunities for UCF students are everywhere — working alongside researchers as assistants, partnered with professors as tutors, in the art gallery helping to curate exhibits. And when you support student programs and co-curricular programs at UCF, you provide leadership opportunities for the next generation of movers and shakers in Central Florida. You help expand the art and cultural offerings on- and off-campus. You give students valuable volunteer experience that benefits the community.

CAMPUS FACILITIES

UCF students and faculty need inspirational spaces, in which they can create masterpieces, discover cures for diseases and crack computer code.

Students’ and faculty members’ needs are top priority when UCF considers building and expanding great spaces on campus.  Whether in an academic performance facility that enhances the pre- and post-graduation experience for our more than 500 student-athletes, or at a state-of-the-art creative performance space that lets imagination soar, it’s a fact that great things happen in great spaces.

Over the last 50 years, UCF facilities have been built and expanded to meet the needs of a growing student population. Gifts from donors have aided that growth, including the construction of the College of Medicine and Bright House Stadium, two facilities that have brought the university into the national spotlight of late. One, for its cutting-edge approach to healthcare delivery; the other, for being the on-campus home of the 2014 Fiesta Bowl champions.

Supporting campus facilities is more than funding construction. It is building a foundation for UCF’s future. And UCF has big plans for that future. To read about campus needs, please visit our facilities page or contact the development officer in your area of interest to learn more.

The Harris Engineering Center

FACULTY EXCELLENCE

Gifts to enhance UCF's faculty help university leaders recruit top teacher-scholars in a competitive market and support current faculty members in their teaching and reasearch.

Great faculty members are magnets and multipliers: They attract top students and faculty, encourage their best work and expand opportunities for all.

UCF faculty members contribute in multiple ways to a healthier and more vibrant society – by helping UCF expand its program offerings and adapt to the new fields of study and career paths that are emerging every day. 

This isn’t just about numbers. The growth in UCF’s national reputation is about the quality of the education that happens here, the research that’s done in our labs, and the partnerships that are formed when collaboration turns into a shared vision for excellence. Hiring additional faculty members who share that vision and can make things happen are the key to UCF’s continued success.

Supporting faculty through a gift to The UCF Fund designated for a specific program or college, or establishing an endowed fund are just two of the ways you can help. Please contact a development officer about additional opportunities.


Dr. Greg Welch, Florida Hospital Endowed Chair for Healthcare Simulation

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KNIGHTS ATHLETICS

Gift to support Knights athletics help our student-athletes achieve more both on and off the field.

Every time the Knights take the field, what’s on display is not merely athletic prowess, but qualities like persistence, teamwork, and most important, leader­ship – qualities that contribute to winning seasons as well as successful careers. Our talented student-athletes work hard to achieve the highest level of per­formance, because they know their effort matters in sport and in life. They give their best for UCF, and we pledge to give our best in return.

The most popular way to support the Knights is through gifts to the Golden Knights Club — gifts that help our talented young people receive a quality education and competitive experience. Visit the GKC site to learn about the range of membership benefits.

Alternatively, creating a named, endowed scholarship for student-athletes is an especially mean­ingful way to honor a loved one while supporting young Knights in their quest for excellence.

Gifts may also be directed to support a particular team, such as football or softball.

Finally, we are seeking support for four major facilities projects: Expansions of our football and baseball stadiums and construction of a new Tennis Center and a new Student-Athlete Academic Performance Center that will help stu­dent-athletes transition to the campus environment and more fully integrate their academic, social, and personal development during their years at UCF and beyond. 


To learn more about supporting Knights athletics, visit the Golden Knights Club site or contact a development officer.

Golden Knights Club

OTHER PROGRAMS

A great deal more goes on at UCF than teaching and learning; you can be part of it.

High-achieving students, top-performing athletes and world-class researchers are only one part of the UCF picture. There’s a whole word of good work happening out of the spotlight and behind the scenes every single day, in all areas on campus.

Other UCF programs, projects and departments that benefit from private support are as wide-ranging as the on-campus Veterans Commemorative Site; the Landscape and Natural Resources Department, which works to make the UCF campus a regional garden of native Florida plants; the Creative School for Children; WUCF-TV and WUCF-FM; our nine-location Regional Campuses program; and our vibrant Alumni Association, with its approximately 40 regional chapters across the country, working to enhance the lives of UCF alumni by connecting those whose years as a student were only a small part of their ongoing UCF experience.

Veterans Commemorative Site

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