We’ll bounce, stomp and celebrate UCF Day of Giving on April 11 this year. With this celebration of all things Black & Gold, we wanted to highlight a few unique funds for those who are looking for the right area to support.

Girls EXCELing in Math and Science (GEMS) 

The GEMS program is dedicated to ensuring that female students who have chosen to pursue a degree in a STEM discipline are set up for success during the first two years of their college career. Program participants are partnered with an experienced industry leader who serves as their mentor throughout the duration of the program. Students also have access to STEM college advisors and can attend mentorship events and social activities to help build and develop their professional network. Gifts made to GEMS will go toward program operations and supporting the next generation of women in science.

UCF Celebrates the Arts

This year marks the 10th anniversary of UCF Celebrates the Arts, an annual festival  that fuses creativity, innovation and community engagement. The event showcases the artistic prowess of UCF’s faculty and students and invites the broader community to enjoy performances, exhibitions, presentations and interactive experiences. With a focus on accessibility, partnership and diverse offerings, UCF Celebrates the Arts is a unique opportunity for the community to experience the creative side of UCF’s innovative spirit. What better way to honor this year’s milestone event than making a gift to help Knights keep performing for the next 10 years?

Police K-9  

Aside from putting a smile on the face of anyone who meets them, UCF’s Police K-9s play a critical role in keeping our students and campus safe. By making a gift to the UCF Police Department’s K-9 fund, you’ll support the adoption, training and care of our four-legged officers. Who can resist those puppy dog eyes?

A man in white coat oversees a woman in a white coat working with lab equipment

Excellence in Medical Education

As the nation faces a physician shortage, it’s now more important than ever to support aspiring doctors and medical research.  A gift to this area helps UCF’s College of Medicine continue its research-based educational mission as an innovative medical school preparing physicians and scientists to be tomorrow’s healthcare leaders.

Housing Insecurity Fund  

According to the most recent survey from the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice, 48% of college students are affected by housing insecurity and 14% are affected by homelessness. The Housing Insecurity Fund exists to provide relief to students who are experiencing housing insecurity or facing homelessness so that they can continue and excel in their education.

Student Emergency Fund

Created to support students who are experiencing a hardship that may make it difficult for them to continue with their education, the Student Emergency Fund helps provide funding for textbooks, fees and other education-related costs for qualifying students.

Office of Military and Veteran Student Success  

The Office of Military and Veteran Student Success (MVSS) was designed with the goal of providing student veterans with the tools, resources and support they need to earn their degrees. By making a gift to the MVSS, you’ll help support the purchase of supplies and funding of programs and events for the center.

These are just a few of the many impactful funds that you can donate to during UCF Day of Giving on April 13. We encourage you to explore the full list of funds and make a gift to the area that matters most to you.