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Chapter 6: University-Related Organizations

6.1 University of Virginia Patent Foundation

The University of Virginia Patent Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that evaluates intellectual property generated in the course of research at UVA, seeks to protect those inventions that show commercial potential, and licenses those rights to industry. The Patent Foundation thus serves to promote the entry of UVA technologies into the commercial marketplace, an endeavor that is designed to generate royalty income used to fund additional research at UVA. On the web: http://uvapf.org/

6.2 University of Virginia Alumni Association

Founded in 1838, the Alumni Association maintains ties to the more than 110,000 living former students of the University. The association encourages financial support for the University from the contributions of alumni, parents, and friends of the University. The University of Virginia Fund receives private support that benefits students, faculty, and many University programs and activities.

The Jefferson Scholars Program, begun in 1981, has the goal of supporting outstanding undergraduate and graduate students in residence at the University. The awards are granted on the basis of merit in leadership, scholarship, and citizenship and cover tuition and fees, books, room and board, and certain other expenses for four years of study for undergraduate students and help to enhance graduate fellowships for talented graduate students. Selection for Jefferson Scholarships are made by a committee that includes University faculty, administrators, and alumni.

6.3 University of Virginia Community Credit Union

The University of Virginia Community Credit Union provides a variety of financial services to community members of Charlottesville and employees of the University. Services include savings accounts, Christmas clubs, checking accounts, individual retirement accounts (IRAs), certificates of deposit, personal and automobile loans, mortgage loans, home equity loans, safety deposit boxes, American Express travelers' checks, and credit cards.

6.4 The Colonnade Club

The Colonnade Club was founded in 1907 to encourage interaction among members of the faculty of the University and promoting the interests and welfare of the University. To accomplish these purposes, the club offers a variety of social events and other activities throughout the year.

6.5 The University of Virginia Women’s Club

The purpose of the University of Virginia Women's Club is to promote sociability among its members and to serve the University community. Membership is open both to wives and to women members of the faculty and administrative staff. Wives of visiting faculty and visiting scholars are also eligible for one year. The Women's Club organizes a series of social events throughout the academic year and members may affiliate with one of several interest groups to pursue a variety of activities. Members are active volunteers at, for example, the University Museum, the Bloodmobile, the Learning Needs and Evaluation Center, and the University Hospital. A membership form is available online.

6.6 Retired Faculty Organization

Founded in 1991, this organization holds general membership meetings quarterly, where topics and speakers are attuned to financial affairs, medical problems, travel opportunities, and similar subjects. Dues are $15 per annum and spouses of deceased, retired faculty members also are eligible for membership. The organization can be contacted by phone at (434) 924-3787.