Photo of Hafter UMatter program leaders and participants

The first cohort of students participating in the Eileen Hoffman Hafer UMatter Program with the program team at USF’s St. Petersburg campus. Pictured (from left to right): UMatter co-principal investigator Lyman Dukes III, PhD, College of Education Dean R. Anthony Rolle, PhD, Samuel McIntosh, Luke King, Justin Gursinski, Logan Lavery, Alec Allwood, Marla Sax, Sam Essman and College of Education St. Petersburg campus director David Rosengrant, EdD. Not pictured: UMatter director and co-principal investigator L. Danie Roberts-Dahm, PhD.

USF receives $1.2 million gift to expand assistance to students with intellectual disabilities

Students on all three USF campuses will now be able to benefit from the program

Sept. 30, 2021

The University of South Florida today announced a $1.2 million gift from Andrew and Eileen Hafer to benefit UMatter, an innovative, inclusive postsecondary education program in the USF College of Education created to provide young people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to experience higher education and campus life.  

The gift, made to the USF Foundation, will name the program after the donors and help fund its operations and year-round initiatives for participating students. Read more.