No longer watching from afar, Bert and Tillie Hood are now profoundly connected to UCF and the generations of students whose lives will be transformed by the Hoods’ commitment to education.

After four decades of quietly admiring UCF’s progress, the Hoods reached out to UCF and, without fanfare, announced their plan to name the university as the sole beneficiary of their estate.

“We believe in education. We believe in UCF. Although we never had children, we always knew we wanted to support students at our local university,” says Bert Hood.

With their planned gift, the Hoods have established an endowed scholarship fund that will exist in perpetuity and be available to students pursuing any area of study at UCF.