The UCF School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs strives to provide excellence in teaching at all levels of higher education to prepare a diverse student body for career and life success as engaged citizens; to achieve national and international prominence for excellence in research and graduate education; and to contribute to the university, community, and profession through service and partnerships and through its affiliated Centers, Institutes and Programs.

Gifts made without restriction are among the most valuable. They allow the School leadership to take immediate action when exciting new opportunities arise and to allocate resources where they can have the greatest impact. For example, these discretionary funds are used to support faculty recruiting events, professional development opportunities for undergraduate students, speaker events, graduate student recruitment and awards, and community building across the department.

Your support is critical to our success. Any monetary contributions you make could be used to support our programs, faculty, and undergraduate and graduate students.


Capital Building

SPSIA General Fund

Giving to the General SPSIA Fund is a great way to target your gift to the School. Needs change over time but could include anything from recruiting outstanding new faculty members to creating new opportunities such as study abroad programs or awards for students and research support for faculty and students. Your gift to the General SPSIA Fund allows the School to address its most pressing needs.

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Scholarship Funds

Our scholarship funds support our students directly and allow them to focus on their studies or recognize outstanding student accomplishments. Some funds have been established to honor current or former faculty members, while other faculty members have established funds in their name to support current students. Our scholarship funds include:

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  • Bledsoe-Young Award
  • Dwight C. Kiel Endowed Scholarship
  • The Laassel Family Political Science Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • Pollock-Ellsworth Endowed Award
  • Dr. Roger Handberg Endowed Scholarship
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Centers, Programs and Institutes

The School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs also houses several Centers, Programs and Institutes. Contributions to these programs help enrich the life of the university and community by supporting their activities, which include initiatives as diverse as speakers and conferences at UCF; student fellowships; creation of partnerships with the community, nationally and internationally; support for research and creative activities for faculty and students; and civics education in the K-12 school system in Florida and nationwide.

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Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (IC CAE)

The IC CAE assists undergraduate and graduate students in developing critical skills needed for future employment in the intelligence community. Your donation helps educate students in the areas of intelligence and national security through scholarships, speaker events, and other training opportunities for students and faculty.

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The India Center General Fund

The India Center at UCF strives to be the nation’s preeminent location for the study of India’s role in the world today through partnerships, scholarships, research, education, and outreach to the Indian community. Your support is vital to implement the Center’s programs and activities for students and the greater Central Florida community.

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Lou Frey Institute of Politics and Government

The Lou Frey Institute promotes the development of enlightened, responsible, and actively engaged citizens. Your donations will support the mission of the LFI including civic education programs that encourage thoughtful debate and discussion about current policy issues; experiential learning programs that encourage the development of civic and political skills; and strengthening the civic education capacity of Florida’s K-12 education system.

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Kurdish Political Studies Program

Kurdish Political Studies Program (KPSP)

UCF’s KPSP is the first and only academic program dedicated to the study of politics of Kurds and Kurdistan in the United States. Donations help the KPSP to promote academic studies and public awareness of Kurdish politics, organize events addressing contemporary issues affecting Kurdish people, facilitates exchanges and collaborations between UCF and Kurdish universities, and develops curriculum focusing on themes related to the Kurdish experience.

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Center for Global Economic and Environmental Opportunity (GEEO)

GEEO’s mission is to serve the UCF, the Central Florida, and the global community by advancing UCF’s role on global economic and environmental issues, and especially on the confluence of both. Your donation helps accomplish these goals by fostering links among sustainable development initiatives at every level and by exploring new forms of governance that further the creation of economic and environmental opportunity within a context of social equity and inclusion.

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Once a Knight, always a Knight

Supporting UCF is a big part of what it means to be an AlumKnight!

More than 100,000 UCF alumni live and work in the Central Florida region, but it isn’t the only place we’re represented. Our alumni are our brand ambassadors, boosting UCF’s reputation nationwide. Every gift (big or small) to UCF Chemistry counts.

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Keeping in touch has rewards

The UCF Alumni Association is a vast network of working professionals. Together, we engage in community service, offer scholarships, and provide discounts on services, tickets to games and cultural events. Visit the UCF Alumni Association Web site to start making alumni resources your own.