Scholarships

Scholarship gifts offer transformational opportunities to today's students, tomorrow's leaders. To make a gift to an existing scholarship, visit uwf.edu/give. You can search for scholarships by key word, or you can view scholarships by area of interest. To establish a named scholarship of your own, please see the guidelines below. Thank you for your interest in supporting UWF students.


What is an annual scholarship?

The minimum amount of gifts to establish an annual named scholarship is $5,000 and may be paid over a five year periods, which would provide term support for students. Once funds are awarded, this scholarship would no longer exist. Selection criteria for scholarships may be financial or merit based as well as restricted to a particular academic field of study.

What is an endowed scholarship?

The minimum amount of gifts to establish an endowed scholarship is $25,000, which may be made over a five year period. These scholarships are awarded from the earnings and the principal is invested in perpetuity. Once the minimum gifts are received in the UWF Foundation, they must be in place for a one year period prior to the first award being made.

What is an endowment agreement?

Development staff will work with donors to establish guidelines for their scholarship endowment to assure that their wishes are met. These guidelines can be personalized to recognize the unique interests and intent of each gift as well as create the opportunity to name the endowment after you, in honor of your family, or in memory of someone special.

What is an endowment?

Endowed funds differ from others in that they are the gift that keeps giving. Instead of the entire amount of the gift being spent outright, the gift is invested. Each year, a portion of the income earned is spent while the remainder is reinvested. An endowment is a perpetual gift because only the spendable income is used immediately to support the university, while the principal grows continuously. The UWF Foundation, Inc.’s endowment spending rate for fiscal year 2013 is 4%. View additional information regarding the foundation’s policies.

Endowment Process

It is easy to establish an endowment at the University of West Florida. Our development professionals will guide you through this process. Endowed funds may be created with a minimum of $25,000* payable over 5 years, or through a future gift (a bequest) from your estate. Consult the Office of Development at (850) 474-2758 for details.

Development staff will work with you to establish guidelines for your endowment to assure that your wishes serving the needs of the university are met. These guidelines can be personalized to recognize the unique interests and intent of each gift as well as create the opportunity to name the endowment after you, in honor of your family, or in memory of someone special.

View a complete list of naming opportunities

For additional information on scholarships or other forms of giving to the University of West Florida, please contact University Advancement at (850) 474-2758.

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