Student Philanthropy

Through Student Philanthropy and Class Gifts, students are given the opportunity to give back to their favorite area of UCF. Students can make a philanthropic donation to scholarships, Knights Helping Knights Pantry, a service, college, department, athletics, or any area that's meaningful to them. Led by 4EVER KNIGHTS, this student-for-student initiative illustrates the importance of philanthropy at our institution.

Four Reasons Why We Give

Supporting What You Love

At UCF, there are hundreds of funds you can contribute to, so why not give toward something that excites you? Our goal is to connect you with your passion. Donor intent is important and we want your donation to support something you believe in. So whether it’s first generation scholarships, furthering the arts at UCF, rooting for our athletics through your donation, or something else entirely — there’s a fund for you and we want to help you find it.

A Future Without Student Loan Debt

We are proud that 44% of our students graduate without student loan debt, and we want that number to continue growing. UCF also has one of the lowest tuition rates in the country, and we want to keep it that way. We can’t control state funding. We can control philanthropic support to the university. When Knights are willing to step up and give big, we can ensure that the next generation of UCF graduates is set up for success.

Moving Beyond The Top 100 Schools

You know that annual ranking from U.S. News & World Report? A portion of that score is based on the number of gifts made to the university — including by alumni and students! We aren’t just focused on the dollars that come in, we are focused on how many donors support UCF. Every donor that supports UCF communicates to the world that they believe in what happens here. It’s a big deal no matter the dollar amount, and it helps increase our ranking, which increases the value of all of our degrees.

Small Gifts, Big Impact

Maybe you think your $20 gift won’t make much of a difference, but what if 15,000 graduating students give one too? Those $20 gifts add up, and they pave the way for UCF to continue to be a respected research institution and a remarkable college for students to learn, grow and develop into tomorrow’s leaders. Your $20 bill can do that.

Most Popular Funds that Students Support

Last year, UCF students supported 60 different areas of campus. Whether it was a scholarship, a sports team, or undergraduate research, students found a fund that held meaning for them. Check out the most popular funds below:

  • Academic Advancement Programs (AAP)
  • Alumni Excellence Fund
  • Alumni Scholarship Endowment
  • Area of Greatest Need
  • Art Department
  • Austin Fragomen Study
  • Abroad Grant
  • Burnett Honors College
  • Cheerleading
  • Scholarships
  • COHPA General Scholarships
  • College of Arts & Humanities
  • College of Business
  • Student Opportunity Fund
  • College of Education and Human Performance
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Medicine Excellence Fund
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Science Excellence Fund
  • CREOL/General Scholarships
  • First Generation Scholarships
  • Football Excellence Fund
  • Graduate Studies Excellence Fund
  • Graphic Design
  • Honors College Scholarships
  • International Student and Scholar Services
  • General Scholarship
  • Knights Helping Knights
  • Lampp Scholarship Fund
  • Lead Scholars
  • LGBTQ+ Services
  • Limitless Solutions
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Modern Languages
  • Multicultural Academics & Support Services
  • Music Scholarship Fund
  • Nicaragua Study Abroad Fund
  • Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life
  • Performing Arts Center
  • Building Fund
  • Physical Therapy Program
  • Rosen College of Hospitality Management
  • School of Visual Arts & Design (SVAD)
  • Social Work
  • Student Development & Enrollment Services
  • Student Emergency Fund
  • Student Health Services
  • Students with Disabilities
  • Study Abroad
  • The Aphasia House Fund
  • Theatre Department
  • UCF Athletics Student
  • Athlete Scholarship Fund
  • UCF Creative School
  • UCF Downtown
  • UCF Opera
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Undergraduate Studies
  • University Writing Center
  • Veterans’ Academic
  • Resource Center
  • Women’s Sports
  • Writing and Rhetoric
  • General Fund
Student organizations are not eligible for charitable giving through the UCF Foundation, Inc.

UCF Class Gift Campaign

Each spring, UCF students join together to leave their legacy at our favorite university. What part of your experience at UCF has been worth more than $20.22? Knights give back to pay it forward to the next generation and express their gratitude to undergraduate research, CAPS, athletics, the Knights Helping Knights Pantry and more!

Students can visit our giving platform to make a gift during the campaign. Make a gift and spread the word to your friends. Graduating students can make a gift through the giving platform or when they order their cap and gown.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the UCF Class Gift Campaign?
Led by 4EVER KNIGHTS, the UCF Class Gift Campaign student philanthropy making a difference in the lives of current and future knights. Students make donations to the fund of their choice in support of a cause that has made a difference in their life.
How much should I give?

Any gift makes an impact in the life of fellow Knight! Participation is our goal. A gift of $20 is just as important as a gift of $10,000. Your contribution matters!


We have suggested gift amounts for students:


$20.22 – This is the minimum gift amount if you are a graduating student and would like to receive your thank you cord to wear at graduation.

Why should I give?

For those who are able to support, we are grateful that you are considering making a gift! Philanthropic support means the difference between a great institution and an excellent one. When you choose to mke a gift, it says you believe in the mission of UCF and its potential to change lives in our community. The number of donors that participate is also an indicator of success within university rankings in publications such as U.S. News and World Report.

I made my $20.22 GIFT. How do I get my cord?

All graduating Knights who make a Class Gift donation of $20.22 will receive a thank you cord to wear during their commencement ceremony. Student donors can pick up their green cord at Regalia Distribution.

I love this idea. Is there an opportunity to get involved?

We are always recruiting volunteers that help spearhead the events and programs that take place. You can volunteer in person or digitally! Email to inquire about opportunities.

When will I receive my tax receipts?

If you make your gift through the UCF Foundation websites, you will receive your tax receipt by mail within seven business days. If you make your gift through the cap and gown checkout process, you will receive your tax receipt after the semester concludes.

I have a question about my gift. Who do I contact?

You can send your questions to

Questions About Student Philanthropy?

Become a UCF Leader

The 4EVER KNIGHTS Ambassadors are looking for exceptional student leaders to support student philanthropy efforts at UCF. The Class Gift Campaign focuses on educating students about private support at the university and encouraging students to support their favorite causes at our institution. This year’s UCF Class Gift Campaign will take place in February, National Student Philanthropy month.

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