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Supporting UVA Women

The Alumni Association proudly supports the women of UVA, both our alumnae and our students. Through our annual fund, the Jefferson Trust and many scholarships directly supporting women, we strive to celebrate the many contributions of our alumnae and future alumnae on our University.

Our Alumni Association Annual Fund provides unrestricted support for our core programs and allows us to be agile in responding to the greatest needs of our alumni and the University. In 2020, our annual fund enabled the Alumni Association to mark the 100th anniversary of a 1920 Board of Visitors resolution allowing some women to enroll in select graduate and professional programs and the 50th anniversary of full coeducation in 1970 by launching Retold, a celebration of the women of UVA.

The Trustees of the Jefferson Trust are proud supporters and sponsors of Retold. The Trust has consistently funded projects in support of women, including the Virginia Women’s Chorus, the Global Leadership Forum: Promoting Gender Equality in Education, “Hidden Nurses” and “Women in Computing Science.” To learn more about these and other grants, visit

The Alumni Association awards many scholarships that support women on Grounds:

  • The Kelly O’Hara Scholarship — supports rising fourth year women with a strong relationship to God
  • Elizabeth Rose Coggins Scholarship — supports second, third or fourth year women majoring in engineering
  • Wilton-Montgomery Family Scholarship — supports active sisters of Alpha Phi sorority
  • Ingrid Smyer-Kelly Scholarship — supports women 35 years of age or older returning to the University to earn an undergraduate degree
  • Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarship — supports Christian women from one of seven southern states who demonstrate need
  • Sherri King Memorial Scholarship — supports rising third or fourth year women majoring in commerce, math or economics with plans for a career in finance
  • Women With Wings Award — supports women in the School of Engineering who want to learn to fly airplanes
  • Hoel-Perkins Scholarship — supports incoming African American female students from Charlottesville or central Virginia who have demonstrated financial need and have both exceptional merit and leadership potential

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