Your Gifts to the UVA Engineering Annual Fund Make Moments of Inspiration Possible for Every Student!

Your generosity to the Annual Fund supports faculty and student research; innovative new courses and experiential learning; modern facilities and new equipment; scholarships and fellowships; and more!

Unrestricted gifts from alumni, parents and friends provide a key to unlock the potential of the school in ways that restricted sources, such as research grants and government funding, cannot match. These gifts also provide the dean and department chairs with the “rapid response” resources to react quickly to emerging opportunities or critical needs. In a rapidly changing world, gifts to the School provide critical flexibility.

We encourage you to consider joining the Thornton Society, a fellowship of friends of UVA Engineering who have made the visionary commitment to support the future of the school through sustained personal financial gifts. Thornton Society gifts support high-impact experiential programs that can launch new careers or new industries. Design a solar-powered vehicle. Build an off-road car for a Mini Baja endurance race. Take on the Engineering Discovery Lab to develop the “next big thing.”

Read the student stories below to see how your support makes a genuine impact.