The story of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation cannot be told without also telling the stories of the thousands of alumni and friends who have invested in our mission through private support.
Throughout the Foundation’s 40-year history of attracting outstanding leaders to the University of Virginia, donors have generously supported the growth of our mission. Hear their stories, and discover the enduring impact of private support.
A Transformational Gift
In October 2019, the Foundation announced a $100 million gift from David and Jane Walentas, the largest gift in University of Virginia history devoted entirely to the endowment of scholarships, fellowships, and professorships.
The bulk of the gift — $75 million — is committed to scholarships and fellowships for first-generation students, with the remaining $25 million dedicated to fellowships and professorships through the Jefferson Scholars Foundation and Darden School of Business.