Parents Fund

Each year, thousands of UC Davis parents express their commitment and support of the university by giving to the UC Davis Parents Fund. These contributions enrich the educational experience of all UC Davis students by providing flexible funding to support the university overall. Parents Fund contributions are unrestricted, which means they provide the chancellor with an often crucial funding source for emerging opportunities and pressing campus needs.

What does the UC Davis Parents Fund support?

The Parents Fund strives to enrich the student experience by supporting new computer labs, improving facilities and equipment, and providing a safe campus with resources like Safe Rides. 

In 2019-20, funds supported:
  • Twelve new Chancellor’s Fellows, rising faculty stars who each receive $25,000 to advance research
  • Chancellor’s Achievement Awards to support exceptional undergraduate students
  • Research on the Davis campus and at our science centers across Northern California
  • 600 laptop loans to students in need during the transition to virtual learning

How the Parents Fund Strengthens UC Davis

The Parents Fund supports research and teaching excellence and engages students at all levels in exciting, hands-on discovery. It also opens doors for first-generation college students and allows the chancellor to address areas of urgent need. The Parents Fund is one reason why UC Davis is a great university—and your support makes us even greater. Your gift of any size helps!

Chancellor's Fellows Awards

These fellowships provide $25,000 in unrestricted research funding to our early-career faculty members. They are supported by by private contributions to the UC Davis Annual Fund, Parents Fund and the Davis Chancellor's Club.

Chancellor's Achievement Awards

The Chancellor’s Achievement Awards have provided scholarships to hundreds of students. Recipients are nominated for their academic achievement, community work and dedication. These scholarships are often given to students who are the first members of their family to attend college.