Giving Tuesday

Because Doing Good Feels Good

On Giving Tuesday, we have the chance to witness what generosity looks like. People across the globe are coming together for a unified purpose: to give.


Simply put, Giving Tuesday is a day for doing good and celebrating generosity, allowing people and organizations a rare opportunity to transform their communities and, in turn, the world.

UCF was built with a purpose — to create a better future for our students  and you're an integral part of that. When you donate on Giving Tuesday, you are contributing to change and helping support student success, today and in the future.


By choosing to donate today, you're making a choice to stand together for the power of education.

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WHY GIVE?


 

Because access is crucial.

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WHY NOW?


 

Because the funding gap is growing.

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WHY NOT?


 

Because doing good feels good.

Where gifts go:

Donors may designate gifts to many different areas of support at UCF. Below are popular funds that support student success, and the university’s fundraising priorities this year.

Scholarships:

Gifts to fund scholarships benefit not only UCF students, but the entire university and its national reputation. Individual colleges at UCF are as distinct as the students studying within them and each specific scholarship funds to award to need and merit-based students within their college.

  • College of Arts and Humanities Scholarship Fund
  • College of Business Scholarship Fund
  • College of Engineering and Computer Science Scholarship Fund
  • College of Community Innovation and Education Scholarship Fund
  • College of Health Professions and Sciences Scholarship Fund
  • College of Sciences Scholarship Fund
  • Rosen College of Hospitality Management Scholarship Fund
  • College of Medicine M.D. Scholarship Fund
  • College of Nursing Scholarship Fund
  • College of Optics and Photonics Scholarship Fund
  • Burnett Honors College Scholarship Fund
  • FIRST GENERATION SCHOLARSHIP FUND: The First Generation Scholarship Fund provides grant-based financial assistance for qualifying students — undergrads whose parents have not earned a college degree — to help cover tuition, fees and other appropriate expenditures, and all donations to the fund receive a 2-to-1 match by the state of Florida.
  • ALUMNI TRUST ENDOWMENT SCHOLARSHIP: The Alumni Scholarship Endowment supports qualifying students who have achieved National Merit Scholar standing in the National Merit Scholar competition, or to any UCF student with a 3.5 GPA from high school or who maintains a 3.5 GPA at UCF.
  • DIRECTCONNECT JOHNSON SCHOLARSHIP FUND: The DirectConnect Johnson Scholarship Fund provides financial aid for qualifying students in the DirectConnect to UCF program, which offers guaranteed admission to students with an associate degree from one of UCF's partner colleges.
  • MINORITY SCHOLARSHIPS: The Minority Scholarship Fund provides financial awards to qualifying students in minority groups.
  • SCHOLARSHIP FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: The Scholarship for Students with Disabilities helps create an inclusive environment on campus, expanding opportunities by providing financial assistance for students with disabilities.

Student Services and Support Programs:

  • UNDERGRADUATE SUCCESS FUND: The Vice Provost's and Dean's Undergraduate Success Fund provides financial assistance to pay for expenses that will enable students to continue their studies if unforeseen circumstances derail their ability to earn their degree. Students can use the funding to help pay for books, housing, food, and educational-related technology, travel expenses and conference fees.
  • KNIGHTS PANTRY: The Knights Helping Knights Pantry provides resources to students and families with financial needs. Donations to the fund help support the operation of the program; provide food and toiletries to students who are struggling financially; and establish scholarships and emergency funding for qualifying students.
  • STUDENT EMERGENCY FUND: The Student Emergency Fund provides funding for students facing hardship or obstacles that make it difficult to continue their education at UCF. Students are selected based on merit and financial need, receiving support for tuition, textbooks, fees and other costs related to education.
  • CAREER SERVICES & EXPERIENCAL LEARNING: The Career Services and Experiential Learning fund supports the program that offers high quality undergraduate and graduate education and student development by providing career development, experiential learning and employer relations programs.
  • UCF PARENT & FAMILY FUND: Gifts to the Parent & Family Fund provide funding for professional development, career services and student activities that are not funded by tuition, fees or state dollars. Gifts support programs such as Study Union, Student Accessibility Services and FreshU.

Diversity Initiatives:

  • MULTICULTURAL ACADEMIC & SUPPORT SERVICES (MASS): MASS is the support source for all multicultural and first-generation students and its mission is to maximize student success by assisting multicultural and first-generation students in their transition to UCF and by connecting with the university community and its partners to promote and facilitate academic support services and programs. Gifts support office activities and programs.
  • LGBTQ+ SERVICES: LGBTQ Services connects UCF's diverse student population to opportunities, resources, and each other to achieve the vision of a stronger, healthier and more equitable world for LGBTQ people and its allies. Gifts help organize programs and experiences geared toward LGBTQ education.
  • SOCIAL JUSTICE AND ADVOCACY: Gifts to Social Justice and Advocacy support activities and programs designed to increase diversity education and inclusion on campus.
  • OFFICE OF DIVERSITY & INCLUSION: The mission of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion is to collaborate with the UCF community to advocate for and educate about the university’s goal of becoming more diverse and inclusive. Gifts support the office's operating activities and programs.
  • Student Accessibility Services (SAS) and Inclusive Education Services (IES) Gifts to SAS and IES support office operations and scholarships for students in the IES program.

Athletics:

  • KEEP CHARGING ON: The Keep Charging On Fund was created to maintain the significant momentum built over the past four years, despite the budgetary uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • JOHN AND MARTHA HITT ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP FUND: Scholarships enable student-athletes to fulfill their aspirations on the field and in the classroom.

Other:

  • UCF AREA OF GREATEST NEED: The area of greatest need is a general support fund and is an option for donors who prefer the university to direct funds where it's needed most.

We answered your why.

 

Now are you ready to change a life and become the power behind everything that happens at UCF?