Lizzie (BA '94, communications) and Jonathan Tisch of New York have made a five million dollar gift to the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) and the College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA).
In making the gift, Lizzie Tisch said, "Jon and I are so pleased to be able to support the Victors for Michigan campaign by offering opportunities for scholarships and internships for the talented students in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance and the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts."
Three million dollars will establish the Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Scholarship Fund for students in SMTD, with a preference for students studying in the Department of Musical Theatre. The additional two million dollars will establish the Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Internship Fund in LSA.
Through their gift, the Tischs are continuing a long relationship and history of support begun by Jonathan's parents, the late Preston Robert Tisch (BA '48, economics) and his wife, Joan (BA '48, English). Bob and Joan met on the steps of the Hatcher Graduate Library when they were undergraduates at U-M and their daughter Laurie graduated in 1973 from the School of Education.
Joan and Bob's philanthropic endeavors at U-M are notable by the breadth of their support. They were the first family to have their names on academic and athletic buildings (Tisch Hall and the Preston Robert Tisch Building), as well as a fine arts gallery (the Joan and Bob Tisch Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art).
Additionally, the couple endowed the Preston R. Tisch Professorship of Judaic Studies at LSA, where they also set up a family scholarship. More recently the family funded the Joan and Bob Tisch Tower at Michigan Stadium.
Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch's gift supports the university-wide Victors for Michigan campaign which is seeking to raise four billion dollars through its three priorities: student support, engaged learning (internships, global travel, out of classroom experiences), and bold ideas.
Lizzie said, "We know that their education at the University of Michigan will help students prepare for a fulfilling and promising life upon graduation."