George D. Smith Society
George D. Smith Society members are committed to the spirit of excellence. Since its inception in 1996, many have defined the spirit of giving at UC by providing exceptional educational and athletics opportunities to students who might not have had the opportunity to attend college, let alone earn a degree, without their financial support.
The George D. Smith Society is open to anyone with an interest in Bearcats Athletics. While many members are alumni, former athletes and staff, others are not - they are simply fans. By working directly with a UCATS concierge, the membership has been able to direct their passions into a number of different areas of interest within athletics. The philanthropic nature of the membership has been a key to the success of our ability to aid student-athletes scholarships. Members have the option of pledging during a five-year period, thus locking in their donation rate, or renewing on an annual basis. George D. Smith members demonstrate their allegiance to the University and to individual student-athletes by contributing generous gifts at one of two levels:
- $14,000 annually or $70,000 during 5 years
- $24,942 annually or $124,710 during 5 years
One of the greatest benefits of being a George D. Smith Member is obtaining first priority within the UCATS system with seating and parking opportunities. Individuals receive first priority on post-season and away ticket allocations, along with seat improvement opportunities. Members have received special merchandise items, and enjoy invitations to exclusive special events such as a Bearcat Bowl VIP event, Camp Higher Ground VIP day and private men's basketball practice viewing.
The Director's Society, formed in 2008, was created for those George D. Smith members who donate $50,000 and above annually to UC Athletics (regardless of where those funds are directed). While meeting the criteria by giving annually to the George D. Smith Society, they also have designated other gifts to various athletics programs and initiatives. Director's Society members have given additional gifts to sports specific needs and fundraising initiatives driven by each sport and their head coach. Director's Society members also have given to capital initiatives such as the Sheakley Athletics Complex. Because they give above and beyond, the Director's Society is treated to the ultimate in benefits. They are granted benefits before all other George D. Smith members with seating and parking opportunities. They also receive opportunities such as courtside seating for men's basketball, VIP press box tickets at Nippert Stadium, deluxe merchandise packages and invitations to special events.
SCHOLARSHIP GIVING LEVELS
In an effort to draw increased attention to the actual scholarship needs of Bearcats student athletes, UCATS has created two giving levels:
BEARCAT SCHOLAR - $10,419
This amount represents a current in-state scholarship for a student athlete.
LEGACY SCHOLAR - $24,942
This amount represents a current out of state scholarship for a student athlete.