Educating the Next Generation of Caregivers

It was not an easy journey for Erika Fernandez to become an RN at the Mayo Clinic. It started with hard work and perseverance—and a degree from UVA’s School of Nursing.
After graduating high school at the top of her class, Erika, the daughter of undocumented immigrants from Bolivia, had to make a tough college decision. Because she didn’t have legal residency, she didn’t quality for in-state tuition at a Northern Virginia community college. Fiercely determined and with an ambitious work ethic inspired by her parents, Erika paid the expensive out-of-state tuition for two years while working and managing her full-time studies. 
Nearly three years after her mother’s employer petitioned for her legal residency, Erika received a green card, making her eligible for in-state tuition and financial aid. In 2013, she was admitted to UVA School of Nursing as a transfer student. 
With her stellar grades and focus on service, Erika earned the Gordon C. Burris Award, an endowed scholarship from the UVA Parents Committee, during her third year. This kind of financial support makes all the difference in the lives of students like Fernandez. 
To read more about Erika's story, please click here. (Photo courtesy of Dan Addison, UVA Communications.)

How You Can Support Medical and Nursing Education

What does it take to attract and retain the brightest scientists, teachers, and students? Endowed professorships recruit and retain outstanding faculty, allowing the University to stay competitive with other leading teaching institutions. At the same time, scholarships give UVA the ability to provide financial support to deserving students who seek a career in medicine or nursing, allowing them to pursue their studies and easing financial burden of student debt for new graduates.
Such investments pay untold benefits in future advances and innovations in healthcare. Specifically, endowed gifts bring with them the opportunity to pay lasting tribute to the donor or to honor a loved one, a friend, or colleague.


  • Gifts of $2 million and above can create a named, endowed professorship in a particular department within the School of Medicine or the School of Nursing. 
  • Endowments provide a salary supplement that helps UVA attract and retain outstanding faculty.
  • They may be named to recognize the generosity of the donor or to honor an individual identified by the donor. Learn more.

Faculty Support

  • Our outstanding faculty cultivate a rich student experience, push the boundaries of healthcare, and foster interdisciplinary collaborations to advance education and discovery. 
  • There are many ways you can help support our faculty—provide vital funding to establish research programs, augment start-up packages offered by the schools, or help with retention of leading faculty here at UVA. Learn more.

Scholarships and Fellowships

  • Gifts of $250,000 and above may be used to create named endowed fellowship and scholarship funds in the School of Medicine. Learn more.
  • In the School of Nursing, gifts of $100,000 and above may be used to create a named scholarship fund.