Endowment Funds & Awards
Every gift to Parker makes a difference. We encourage donors to support the Parker Endowment, as it is the strongest vote of confidence in the School. Below is a list of named endowed funds designated to the following areas: General (unrestricted) Endowment, Faculty Endowment, Program Endowment, and Scholarship Endowment. Funds are listed by order of year established. Additionally, the School's Current Use Scholarships and Awards are listed below the endowed funds.
General Endowment Funds
Established in 1997 through her mother's estate gift to honor the memory of her daughter, Mary Louise Jackson, who died in 1931 in the third grade.
Established in 2011 by Michael and Rondi Grey.
Established in 2012 by Lorraine Oberfeld and Alejandro Doring.
Established in 2013 by Tom and CoCo Bancroft.
Established in 2013 by Lynn E. Gorguze and The Honorable Scott H. Peters, and Gloria and the late Vincent Gorguze.
Faculty Endowment Funds
Edward E. Ford Foundation Fund
Established in 1989 by the E.E. Ford Foundation to provide support for the Upper School faculty. This fund encourages the development of new curriculum or revision of existing curriculum through research and writing during the summer.
Helen Vortriede Hanson Fund
Established in 1992 by Louise Hanson Marshall, Ph.D. ’26 in memory of her mother, one of Parker’s first teachers. This fund provides support for a member of the faculty or staff to participate in activities that will enhance his/her teaching of, or service to, the students.
Dethloff Family Fund
Established in 1993 by Glenn and Joanne Dethloff upon the graduation of their second son, Class of 1993, to recognize excellence at Parker. This fund provides three professional or program development awards annually to honor and support the work of faculty in each of the three divisions and/or staff members.
Parents Association Professional Development Fund
Established in 2000 by Francis Parker School Parents Association, this fund provides support for any faculty or staff member to participate in activities that promote or enhance his/her teaching of, or service to, the student body.
Established in 2000 by a generous Parker family, this fund supports any Upper School faculty member for a visionary, creative cause in support of innovative educational projects that are not part of the regular curriculum.
Sally and David Ramert Social Studies Fund
Established in 2000 by Matt Blumberg '88, Terence and Barbara Gooding and Kathy Gooding Valverde '84 in honor of the Ramerts, this fund provides support to enrich the Upper School social studies program and increased opportunities for faculty enrichment and professional development.
Faculty Retirement Award Fund
Established in 2002 by Cathy, Marilyn ’08, and Meg ’11 Sullivan, this fund supports achievement awards for faculty and staff members who have loyally served at Parker at the following anniversaries: 15 Years, 20 Years, 25 years, and in 5-year increments after that.
Mulliken Family-Lane Foundation Endowment for Teaching Excellence
Established in 2002 by the Mulliken family, Noreen, David, David '96, and Doug '01 and through the support of the Ruth Lane Foundation, this award recognizes outstanding Upper School teachers and coaches who have distinguished themselves by virtue of their commitment to excellence, dedication to students and whose enthusiasm for teaching uphold the highest standards. This Fund provides teachers or coaches with an award for professional or program development.
W. Lee Pierson Endowed Faculty Summer Sabbatical Seniority Grant
Established in 2002 to honor past Head of School Dr. W. Lee Pierson, this Fund provides summer grants for personal enrichment to a faculty member on the basis of length of service at Parker.
Vassiliadis Family English Fund
Established in 2012 by Carol Vassiliadis, former Board of Trustees member and parent of Andrew '01 and Melissa '04, to recognize exceptional English faculty members who embody excellence in educational pedagogy. The fund supports the Vassiliadis Family Chair and the Vassiliadis Family Distinguished Fellow.
Established in 2014 by Ted Tchang '81 and Alice Mo and the Tchang Family Foundation to help Parker recruit outstanding graduate students who bring new perspectives into the classroom while gaining significant teaching experience in an innovative and supportive environment in the Middle and Upper Schools. This Fund also serves to advance the mission of the School and strengthen the overall academic program.
Tony Ghironi Faculty Fund
Susan Moerder Faculty Fund
Meg Peckham Faculty Fund
Three faculty endowment funds were established in 2014 by an anonymous generous Parker family in honor of beloved faculty members to ensure that Parker attracts, retains, and supports the finest faculty members, as well as advances the School's mission.
Howard Family Endowed Fund
Established in 2014 by Robert Howard in memory of Barbara Claire Howard and George Henry Howard, grandparents of Ryder White '25 and Riley Howard '30.
Anklesaria Family Fund
Established in 2014 by the Anklesaria Family.
Program Endowment Fund
Established in 1986 to honor Doris Larson upon her retirement as the Parker librarian, this Fund provides books and materials for the School's libraries.
Established in 1986, this Fund provides operating resources for the Middle School.
The Senior Class Gift is a unique Parker tradition shared by the distinguished classes of 1998, 1996, 1987, and 1986 to support Parker's Program Endowment.
Established in 1988 to honor Mary Moore upon her retirement as kindergarten teacher, this Fund supplements the Lower School music program.
Established in 1993 to honor the memory of Paul Barkley, Board of Trustees member and parent, this Fund provides students the tools and training needed for future success in the world.
Established in 1998 by the Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation, this Fund supports the Linda Vista Campus Library.
Established in 2000 by Coleman and Ellen Mosley, this Fund provides support for faculty and program development opportunities to strengthen and enrich academic and cultural programs.
Established in 2000 in memory of Charles “Chuck” Pooch, former math department chair and esteemed member of the Parker faculty, by the Pooch family, Chuck’s friends, colleagues and former students, this Fund provides support for special classroom needs in the math program and continuing professional development for members of the math department.
Established in 2001 in memory of Evelyn M. Koon, this Fund provides support for the Linda Vista Campus Library.
Established in 2003 by the Parents Association, this Fund provides support for program development in the areas of science and technology.
Established in 2006 by Hudson Moore ’02 and his family, this Fund supports the Upper and Middle School music and guitar programs. This Fund was inspired by Hudson's passion for the guitar program and the positive influence of both his teachers, Michael Gonzales and Andy Tirpak, during his Parker career.
Established in 2011 by Peter Black and Haleh Partow, this Fund supports the Lower School math and science programs.
1912 Association Fund
Established in 2013 by Jan Steinert and Richard Bosse, this Fund supports initiatives and activities that enable the School to promote a diverse and inclusive environment consistent with the goals and values of the School.
Scholarship Endowment Funds
Established in the early 1990s by the Parents Association, this Fund provides need-based scholarships enabling students from all economic backgrounds to participate fully in campus life.
Established in 2000 by a grateful Parker family, Audrey Viterbi, Dan Smargon, Aaron ’07, and Michael '13 to honor and express their appreciation for Judi Sinnott—"a Lower School third grade teacher par excellence at Parker from 1982-1998." The Fund provides financial assistance for a student throughout his/her career and is awarded when the student is in grade 3, 4 or 5. (A new student is chosen once the Sinnott Scholar graduates.)
Established in 2002 by Norman Hapke and Valerie Jacobs Hapke, Andrew '01, Claire '04, and The Jacobs Family Foundation, this Fund provides financial assistance for an Upper School student whose scholastic achievements, citizenship and contributions to the School and community have earned this individual the distinction of being a Jacobs Scholar.
Established in 2007 by friends and family to celebrate the potential of young people, this Fund provides scholarship support for students at the Lower School.
Established in 2011 by David and Julie Gamboa to support a Parker student.
Established in 2012 by Loreen Collins and Howard Appel, parents of Trevor '16 and Troy '18, this Fund provides financial assistance to students who are dependents of military parents serving on active duty in, or retired from, a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, or have been killed or injured in the line of duty.
Class of 2012 Scholarship
Established in 2012 by the senior class families.
Jones Family Scholarship Fund
Established in 2012 by William Jones and Cheryl Sueing-Jones, this Fund provides need-based financial assistance for underrepresented students who are academically qualified to gain admission to Parker. This Fund encourages others to support the Parker endowment and reinforces the School's commitment to inclusivity.
Established in 2012 by Kelley, Laurie, Brian '15, Carter '15, and Haley '18 Gale, this Fund provides support for a student in the Upper School.
Silberman Family Scholarship Fund
Established in 2013 by Jeff Silberman ’75 and Karen Foster Silberman, this Fund provides a full scholarship for an economically disadvantaged student in the Upper School.
Steinert-Bosse Scholarship Fund
Established in 2013 by Jan Steinert and Richard Bosse, this Fund celebrates diversity and inclusion at Parker.
Christian Stover Scholarship Fund
Established in 2014 by Dee Anne, Michael and Marisa '12 Canepa, this Fund provides a partial scholarship for an economically disadvantaged student in the Upper School.
Meurer Scholarship Fund
John and Peggy Duncan Family Fund
Established in 2016 by John and Margaret "Peggy" Duncan, parents of Connor '20, Colin '24, Emma '24, and Tara '24, this Fund provides financial assistance for a student in the Upper School who has overcome, or is currently experiencing, a personal hardship or difficult life circumstance.
Case Martínez Family Fund
Established in 2017 by Murray and Claudia Case, this Fund provides need-based financial assistance for a Hispanic Upper School student who is academically qualified to gain admission to Parker.
Hamilton Scholarship Fund
Established in 2017 by Francis Hamilton White, grandparent of Isaac '16 and Henry '20 Gray, this Fund ensures qualified students have access to a Parker education.
Ludwig Family Fund
Established in 2017 by Tim and Noelle Khoury Ludwig '91, this Fund honors the lifelong contributions to education made by Tawfiq and Richel Khoury and their generous support of Francis Parker School over many years. This fund provides support for a qualified student in the Upper School from an underrepresented background.
Stone Family Fund
Established in 2017 by Ashley and Ryan Stone.
Head of School Scholarship Program Fund
The Head of School Scholarship Program, established and endowed by Jeff '75 and Karen Silberman in 2017, ensures that qualified students have access to a Parker education. The Silberman's investment of $1.5 million significantly increases the School’s ability to provide transformative educational experiences to qualified students across all socioeconomic backgrounds. The Head of School Scholarship Program provides supplemental funding to Grade 6 to 12 students who gain admission to Parker and are selected by the Head of School. The Program provides awards to help cover the Scholar's tuition and other essential costs, including books, uniforms, clubs and activities, global trips, transportation, and support from the Gooding Family Academic Resource Center.
Established in the 1970s by Henry F. Lippitt II '29 as a tribute to his former teacher, Irene F. Thuli (Teacher, 1922-1929; Principal, 1930-1950).
Established by pre-1950s alumni as part of Parker’s 80th celebration.
Established in 1993 by Polly Mintzer Vaughan ’44 to honor her mother, the second principal of Francis Parker School (Teacher, 1918-1922; Principal, 1922-1929; Director, 1929-1938).
The Senior Class Gift is a unique Parker tradition shared by the distinguished Classes of 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1997, 1995, and 1994 to support the financial assistance endowment.
Established in 1995 by Adele Rice Foster ’23.
Established in 1997 by the Mothers Club.
Established in 1999 by Ruth Whitney Robinson ’35.
Rosalind S. Harris Fund
Established in 2005 by the estate of Rosalind S. Harris, this Fund supports exceptional students of Southeast Asian-lineage or educational opportunities in Asian languages and cultural studies.
Carol Obermeier and Chuck Wineholt Fund
Established in 2006 by the Wygod family to honor employees who make a difference at Parker, this Fund supports employee families whose children attend Parker.
Patrick Jack Acord Scholarship Fund
Established in 2007 by Pat’s classmates and friends.
Alpert & Von Behren Family Scholarship Fund
Established in 2012 by Alison Alpert and Jeff Von Behren '90.
Established in 2012 by Randall and Michael Clark.
Established in 2012 by Marc Matys and Robert Gleason and Jack and Betty Gleason.
Nativity Prep Scholarship Fund
Established in 2012 by Peter and Jocelyn Schultz.
Established in 2012 by Eddie and Amy Rodriguez.
Established in 2012 by Hamilton Southworth III and Mary Kathryn Kelley.
Levitt Family Fund
Established in 2017 by Jennifer and Jay Levitt.
Twin Dragon Fund
Established in 2017 by a generous Parker family.
Thorson Family Fund
DeWitt Family Fund
Established in 2019 by Ned and Kelly DeWitt.
Current Use Scholars
Canepa Family Scholars
Lawrence Family Scholar
Established in 1983 in memory of Marites Quini '83 who passed away during her senior year at Parker. The Marites Quini Girl of the Year Award is given to an outstanding senior girl.
Established in 1987 to honor Douglas C. Crone, past Head of School from 1969-1987. This Fund recognizes an outstanding senior.
Established in 1988 to honor a former Board of Trustees member, this Fund provides an award to an outstanding junior who is exceptional in the Spanish language program.
Established in 1989 in memory of Eric Subin '84, this Fund recognizes an outstanding junior student-athlete.
Established in 1994 to honor Henry F. Lippitt II, an alumnus and former Board of Trustees member, this Award recognizes an individual in the Parker community who truly distinguishes himself or herself in service to the School. There is no monetary gift associated with the distinction.
Established in 2000 by David '81 and Cynthia McLean, this Fund provides an Award to a promising sophomore or junior who has demonstrated exceptional talent in the study of the natural sciences.
Established in 2000 by a grateful Parker family, Audrey Viterbi, Dan Smargon, Aaron ’07 and Michael '13 to honor and express their appreciation for Judi Sinnott—"a Lower School third grade teacher par excellence at Parker from 1982-1998." The Judi Sinnott Fund provides for the Sinnott Merit Award which is given to an outstanding Grade 5 student who demonstrates love of learning, academic potential and performance, and exceptional character.
Established in 2000 by Reggie Smith, alumni parent and current grandparent, this Fund provides an award to a junior who excels in math and science, and demonstrates extraordinary citizenship.
Established in 2002 for Kirsten Rindal, former Lower School teacher and Board of Trustees member, this Fund provides merit-based award for an outstanding Grade 5 student.
Established in 2004 by the estate of a former first grade teacher who taught at Parker for two decades, this Fund provides financial assistance for a rising Grade 6 student who adds to the class both academically and socially, and demonstrates affection for the School.
Established in 2008 by the family and friends of Corie, this Fund provides an Award for a student who best demonstrates service to others and commitment to the community as embodied by Corie. The awardee is encouraged to designate half the Award to a charity of his/her choice.
Established in 2010 in memory of longtime tennis coach and mentor Charles H. Freer. The Chuck Freer Sportsmanship Award has been given to an Upper School student-athlete since the late 1970s.