• Tribute Giving

    Gifts made in memory or in honour of someone special is a meaningful and thoughtful way to commemorate or celebrate a loved one leaving a lasting legacy while supporting the Schulich School of Business.  Donations can be directed to a new or established fund, or to the School’s Funding Priorities.

    If you would like to direct family and friends to make gifts to the Schulich School of Business in lieu of flowers, the following is suggested wording for an obituary or other tribute:

    In lieu of flowers/gifts, donations may be made to the Schulich School of Business in memory/in honour of (individual) to support ((specific fund, i.e. named fund, student financial aid) to:
    Schulich School of Business
    York University
    Office of Development and Alumni Relations
    Seymour Schulich Building, Room W362 N
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3


    To make a gift in memory or in honour of an individual, please visit our online giving page, complete the details under “In Honour/In Memory of Someone Special”.  Once you’ve donated, Schulich will email an acknowledgment card to the family/individual that a gift was made.  If donating to an existing fund, please visit “View all giving opportunities” under “Select Designations”.

    Please visit Ways to Support for other giving options.


    If you would like to set up a named memorial fund, please contact our Development Office at 416-650-8050 or advancement@schulich.yorku.ca


    If donating to an existing fund, please visit “View all giving opportunities” under “Select Designations” or contact our Development Office at 416-650-8050 or advancement@schulich.yorku.ca


    Named benchesNamed spaces or benches offer another opportunity for the Schulich community to memorialize or honour the legacy of someone special.  To learn more about existing naming options, please contact our Development Office at 416-650-8050 or advancement@schulich.yorku.ca


The Schulich School of Business is currently raising funds for the following:

  • The Benoît Lauzé Scholarship of Excellence
  • The Joyce Zemans Scholarship Fund
  • The Lidia Serras Memorial Scholarship
  • Dezsö J. Horváth Tribute Fund
  • James Gillies Memorial Campaign

The Benoît Lauzé Scholarship of Excellence

Schulich alumni together with friends and former colleagues are establishing a special scholarship in memory of the late Benoît Lauzé (MBA ’91). This scholarship will reflect the values most closely associated with Benoît, positivity and respect, as well as his drive to support people around him.

Initiated in August 2021 by Michael Bigger (MBA ’92), the Benoît Lauzé Scholarship of Excellence aims to benefit and support an incoming student in the future Master of Health Industry Administration degree, expected to launch at the Schulich School of Business. Applicants must have a track record of achievement and a strong interest in the medical field. Recipients must also demonstrate academic excellence (minimum A average) from previous studies, be a supportive team player, and enjoy lifelong learning. The award will be adjudicated by the Schulich School of Business’ Office of Student Financial Services and will require a statement of interest.

To make a donation in memory of Benoît Lauzé, please click here, or contact our Development Office at (416) 650-8050 or advancement@schulich.yorku.ca.

The Joyce Zemans Scholarship Fund

Joyce Zemans headshotA Member of the Order of Canada, Professor Joyce Zemans retired in July 2020 from Schulich’s MBA Program in Arts, Media & Entertainment Management, where she served as director and co-director for over 25 years. She is the former director of the Canada Council for the Arts, dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts (now the School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design) and chair of the Department of Visual Arts at York University, where she was honoured with a University Professorship.

“Joyce Zemans is a remarkable woman, a leader who has looked at the future of every one of the academic programs and cultural organizations she directed and made decisions that pushed them forward, always in the right direction.” – Trina McQueen, O.C. (Hon LLD ’19)

To pay tribute to Joyce’s extraordinary contributions and impact and to benefit emerging leaders within the program, any donation to the Joyce Zemans Scholarship Fund will support the creation of new awards recognizing the achievements of Schulich MBA students specializing in Arts, Media & Entertainment Management. Recipients will demonstrate a dedication to the arts, media and cultural industries, and will be recognized for their achievements and leadership skills.

Please visit schulich.yorku.ca/joycezemans or contact our Development Office at (416) 650-8050 to make your donation today. Thanks to a generous donor, every donation, up to $125,000, will be matched, dollar for dollar.

For further information and to read more about Joyce Zemans’ remarkable contributions and impact, please click here

The Lidia Serras Memorial Scholarship

Lidia Serras

Lidia Serras joined Schulich in 2018 and was the Assistant Director of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions in the Student Services & International Relations unit. She represented Schulich with pride and professionalism at student recruitment events across Canada and around the world. In her role as Assistant Director, she oversaw recruitment and admissions for Schulich’s specialized Masters Programs. She led a large team and was deeply loyal to her team members. She tackled her work with enthusiasm and tenacity and poured all of her heart into everything she undertook.

A native of Portugal, Lidia held a Master’s degree in International Relations from the Technical University of Lisbon and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and Management from Nova School of Business and Economics in Lisbon. Full of life, Lidia loved to travel and discover the world, and she valued spending time with her family above all else.

In memory of Lidia Serras, the Schulich community will establish a new scholarship in her name, to be awarded annually to a full-time Schulich School of Business student, enrolled in a specialized master program, who demonstrates academic excellence and financial need. The recipient must be well-rounded and possess experience working with teams from diverse backgrounds. Applicants for the scholarship must also have experience working with international organizations. The scholarship will reflect the values most closely associated with Lidia, dedication and loyalty, as well as her rich and highly diverse career, having lived and worked in three different continents for large global corporations and government organizations. Value: variable

To make a donation in memory of Lidia Serras, please visit schulich.yorku.ca/lidiaserras, or contact our Advancement Office at (416) 650-8050 to make your contribution.

Dezsö J. Horváth Tribute Fund

Dezsö J. HorváthDr. Dezsö J. Horváth, C.M., was first appointed Dean of the Schulich School of Business in 1988 and completed his final term as Dean on June 30th, 2020, following more than three decades of extraordinary leadership and transformation. In honour of his remarkable 32 years of service, excellence and innovation, a special tribute fund has been launched by alumni and friends. Donations to the fund will support the creation of two prestigious awards: the Dezsö J. Horváth Visionary Leadership Award and the Dezsö J. Horváth Emerging Leader Award, to pay tribute to the Dean’s success and impact. Gifts to the tribute fund will support the establishment of both a permanent endowment fund and an expendable fund. Every gift to this tribute fund will have significant impact and will recognize talented and deserving students. To support the tribute fund, please visit schulich.yorku.ca/dezsohorvath.

Dr. James Gillies Memorial Campaign

James GilliesOn April 19, 2016, the Schulich School of Business held a special memorial event to celebrate the life and times of the School’s Founding Dean, Dr. James Gillies. Family, friends, colleagues and the entire Schulich community joined in the fond remembrance of a beloved titan and pioneer in the academic arena and beyond.

Dr. James Gillies, Founding Dean of the Faculty of Administrative Studies, now the Schulich School of Business, was a man of great vision and passion whose all-encompassing commitment to the entire Schulich community as a leader, a teacher, a pioneer, and a philanthropist among others has left an indelible mark in the history of the School.

Dedicated to advancing student success and recognition, Dr. Gillies’ generous philanthropic support to the School established The James Gillies Award, which recognizes Master’s level students who are enrolled in their second-year of the MBA, IMBA or MPA programs and who have achieved high academic standing and demonstrated significant contribution to the community or university.

A true Renaissance man, Dr. Gillies’ legacy of distinction helped made Schulich the School that it is today – one that’s leading change in management education. Memorial donations will be directed to The James Gillies Award endowed fund by visiting supportschulich.ca/jamesgillies.