Memorial and Tribute Gifts

Through a donation to the University of Alberta, you can do the following:

  • Ensure a legacy for a friend or loved one who has passed away 
  • Celebrate a milestone in a person’s life such as a graduation, birthday, wedding or retirement 
Making a gift in someone's memory or honour leaves a lasting impression. When you make a memorial or honorary gift, the University of Alberta will send a letter to the next of kin or the honouree providing your name and address, only notifying them of your thoughtful gift (the amount of your gift will not be included).

Contributions made in memory or in honour of individuals may be directed as you wish. Whether you choose to direct your gift to students through the establishment of an award, or you prefer to sponsor innovative research that can make a difference in the lives of people across campus and around the world, your contribution will have an immediate impact on shaping the future of the University of Alberta.

Example (for illustrative purposes representing donor residing in Alberta)

Peter Cross, ’44 BMus, and Marie Cross, ’46 BSc Nursing, met during their time on campus. In tribute to their 50th wedding anniversary, their children and grandchildren have decided to establish the Peter and Marie Cross Leadership Scholarship. By contacting family and friends, they collectively raise over $30,000 to endow a scholarship which carries their name in perpetuity.

With their gifts  

  • Each contributing donor to the scholarship will receive a charitable tax receipt for the full amount of their donation 
  • Mr. and Mrs. Cross will receive the names and addresses, but not the amounts, of all the donors that contributed to their scholarship fund in tribute to their anniversary, so that they may express their thanks to the donors
  • The scholarship will exist in perpetuity at the University, creating a legacy for Mr. and Mrs. Cross
  • Additional funds raised for the scholarship will add to the amount that it pays out each year


Evan Tran

“If there was a possibility that something good could come of this tragedy, we wanted to take it”
– Vanlee Robblee (Evan's sister)

When Evan Tran died by suicide, his family immediately decided to make his story public. The family urged people to be vigilant for signs of depression, and encouraged sufferers and their friends and family to talk about it.

In addition to raising awareness, the Tran family asked that friends and family donate in Evan’s memory to the Student Mental Health Fund at the University of Alberta. Evan's legacy lives on as donations made in his memory help students at the University of Alberta.