Giving Options


The single most important concern that many students and their families face is how to pay for a college education. Scholarships are a vital tool to assist students in meeting educational expenses – and they are the only way that some can fulfill their dreams of earning a college degree. By underwriting or offsetting tuition and expenses, you help ensure that the UofM experience is affordable to motivated and deserving students. Scholarships also play an important role in helping the University attract and retain talented students who will be leaders in our community.

Scholarships may be need-based, merit-based or a combination of both, and they may be designated to any academic area on campus. They may be established as an award with a minimum annual investment of $2,000 or endowed at any level above $30,000. We will work with you on naming the fund and designing the award criteria. However you craft your scholarship, you can have confidence in knowing that the recipients will be deserving students who have the ambition to succeed at the University of Memphis and beyond.

Simply put, scholarships have the unique ability to change lives. An investment in scholarships is an investment in the University's most valuable resource, its students. The return on your investment is immeasurable and upholds the future of our university, state and nation for generations to come.

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For more specific scholarship options, please contact the Director of Development for your desired area.

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Colleges, Schools & Departments

Support the college, school, or department that shaped your life. Each area has special projects, scholarships, funds, and initiatives that are their greatest need. Find out more about high priority projects and funds by contacting the Director of Development for your school or college.

Remember, alumni giving is essential at the University of Memphis. If each of our 100,000+ alumni gave just $10, in one year, alumni support will make over a million dollar impact!

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Naming Opportunities and Endowments

An array of opportunities exist at the University of Memphis to lend your name (or that of someone you wish to honor) to a special fund, program or facility. Professorships, assistantships, scholarships, buildings and educational programs are all critical investments at the University and can be named within University guidelines. With such a gift, you can not only make a vital commitment to the future of the University and its students, but can also provide a lasting declaration or your support and a model for others to emulate. To discuss ideas for various naming opportunities and endowments, please contact the Director of Development  for your desired area.

Click to learn more about naming opportunities and endowments for:

Graduate Assistantships/Fellowships
• Endowed Faculty Positions (Professorships and Chairs)
Buildings and Facilities
Other Naming Opportunities (Named Endowments)

Endowments are valuable to the University of Memphis because they create an ongoing source of income, enhance our stability and prestige, and allow for important program expansion. Because endowed gifts provide a permanent stream of income, they ensure that funding is secure to grow our teaching and research programs for generations to come. Only a small percentage of the endowment fund's market value is used annually for the purpose designated by the donor. Thus, once the endowment is created, it is maintained in perpetuity. Named endowments provide the donor an opportunity for individual recognition or recognition for family members, friends, mentors, or other colleagues.

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Memorials and Honorarium

Tribute gifts are deeply appreciated and can give form and permanence to someone's life by recognizing them at the University of Memphis. For each tribute gift, UofM sends notification of the gift to the individual(s) that you designate. Please include the name and address of the individual(s) you would like us to notify along with your gift. Gift credit is given to the donor, as well as tax credit per the current tax laws. To learn more about tribute gifts, click here. To make a tribute gift now, click here to make your gift online.


As the component of the University that touches each student and faculty or staff member, as well as countless others across our communities, there is no more critical element to our institution and its scholarship than the University Libraries. In order to grow resources for all Library users and acquire, preserve and provide access to materials, external funding to the Libraries is vital and needed now more than ever. Gifts to the University Libraries are investments, not only in the future of the Libraries, but in the future of our entire University and the community.

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Be True Blue! Gifts from alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends to the Memphis Fund are given to the University of Memphis with no restrictions, and the funds go where they are needed most. Your gift supports all academic and special interest programs at the University:

• High-Quality Educational Experiences
• Expanded Research Opportunities
• Need-Based Financial Aid Assistance
• Important Facility Updates
• Enhancements to Technological Resources

Women in Leadership & Philanthropy

When women work together for the good of our university and our community, we are an unparalleled force for change. Women in Leadership & Philanthropy gives women the opportunity to engage in the life of the university, to support our students, and to give back in meaningful ways. We invite you to discover and celebrate the individual and collective accomplishments of our alumnae and friends through WLP.

Other Giving Options

Please click to learn more about giving opportunities in Athletics and Alumni Association.