Endowed Funds and 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.

List of 6 items.

  • General Endowment Funds

    General funds enhance the students' experience and the overall academic community, as well as advance the mission of Parker.
    Mary Louise Jackson Memorial Fund
    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.
     
    Grey Family Endowment
    Established in 2011 by Michael and Rondi Grey.

    Hansen Fox Fund 
    Established in 2012 by Susan Hansen Fox ’86 and Eric Fox.

    Lorraine Oberfeld-Doring Fund
    Established in 2012 by Lorraine Oberfeld and Alejandro Doring.

    Bancroft Family Endowment
    Established in 2013 by Tom and CoCo Bancroft.

    Gorguze-Peters Family Fund 
    Established in 2013 by Lynn E. Gorguze and Scott H. Peters, and Gloria and the late Vincent Gorguze.

    Hal and Rhonda Ryan Family Fund 
    Established in 2013 by Hal and Rhonda Ryan.
  • 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.

    Innovation Fund 
    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 provides an award for faculty and staff members who have loyally served at Parker for at least 15 years and meet the minimum age requirement. 

    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 Chair in English
    Established in 2012 by Carol Vassiliadis, former Board of Trustees member and parent of Andrew '01 and Melissa '04, to recognize an exceptional faculty member who embodies excellence in educational pedagogy. The current Vassiliadis Family Chair in English is Chris Harrington. 

    Cathy, Marilyn ’08 and Meg ’11 Sullivan Family Fund
    Established in 2013 by Cathy, Marilyn ’08 and Meg ’11 Sullivan, this Fund provides support for the faculty and staff community.

    Tchang Family Teaching Fellowship Fund
    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.

    These faculty endowment funds provide support for the faculty and staff community, and help the School recruit and retain exceptional members and foster their professional development. 

    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 Funds

    Doris Larson Library 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.

    Middle School Fund
    Established in 1986, this Fund provides operating resources for the Middle School.

    Senior Class Gift
    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.

    Mary Moore Musical Enrichment Fund
    Established in 1988 to honor Mary Moore upon her retirement as kindergarten teacher, this Fund supplements the Lower School music program.

    Paul C. Barkley Fund 
    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.

    Ellen Browning Scripps Library Fund
    Established in 1998 by the Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation, this Fund supports the Linda Vista Campus Library.

    The Academic Fund for the 21st Century 
    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.

    Charles Pooch Math Fund
    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.

    Koon Family Library Fund 
    Established in 2001 in memory of Evelyn M. Koon, this Fund provides support for the Linda Vista Campus Library.

    Parents Association Science and Technology Development Fund
    Established in 2003 by the Parents Association, this Fund provides support for program development in the areas of science and technology.

    Hudson Moore ’02 Family Music Fund 
    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.

    Black Partow Family Fund
    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

    Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation Scholarship Fund 
    Established in 1989, this Fund provides both merit and need-based scholarship funds at all grade levels. 

    Parents Association Scholarship Fund
    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.

    Gert Koppel Holocaust Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund and the Gert Koppel Holocaust Memorial Scholars' Program 
    Established in 2001 by Gert Koppel in memory of the 1.5 million Jewish children killed by the Nazis during World War II. The program provides support for young ladies and gentlemen identified in the admissions process as students with special academic promise, motivation, and strength of character – youth whose admirable qualities will enrich school life, and later, society at large.

    Judi Sinnott Scholarship Fund 
    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.)

    Violet Jacobs Scholarship Fund
    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. 

    David M. and Alice K. Miller Fund 
    Established in 2006 by David and Alice Miller, a multigenerational Parker family, to honor current and future students. This Fund supports student diversity, access and inclusivity in Grades 4-12.

    Anonymous Financial Aid Fund
    Established in 2006 by a Parker family to support financial assistance.

    Owen Christopher Hasler Memorial Fund 
    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.

    Gamboa Family Scholarship Fund 
    Established in 2011 by David and Julie Gamboa to support a Parker student.

    Appel-Collins Family Military Scholarship Fund 
    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 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.

    Spieker Family Scholarship Fund 
    Established in 2012 by Warren and Meghan Spieker to support a Parker student.

    Gale Family Fund
    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 financial assistance for an economically disadvantaged student in the Upper School. The family also provides a full four-year scholarship to support a student who is academically qualified to gain admission to the Upper School.

    Christian Stover Scholarship Fund 
    Established in 2013 by Kim and Denny Stover in honor of their son's legacy, this Fund provides financial assistance for an Upper School student-athlete.

    Canepa Family Fund
    Established in 2014 by Dee Anne, Michael and Marisa '12 Canepa, this Fund provides financial assistance for an economically disadvantaged student in the Upper School. The family also provides a full four-year scholarship to support a student who is academically qualified to gain admission to the Upper School.

    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 Ludwig, 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.

    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.

    These scholarship endowment funds provide financial assistance to support the students' learning experience as well as advance the mission of Parker.

    Irene F. Thuli Scholarship Fund
    Established in the 1970s by Henry F. Lippitt II as a tribute to his former teacher, Irene F. Thuli (Teacher, 1922-1929; Principal, 1930-1950). 

    Alumni Scholarship Fund
    Established by pre-1950s alumni as part of Parker’s 80th celebration.

    Ethel Dummer Mintzer Scholarship Fund 
    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).

    Senior Class Gift
    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.

    Adele Rice Foster ’23 Scholarship Fund 
    Established in 1995 by Adele Rice Foster ’23.

    Mothers Club Scholarship Fund
    Established in 1997 by the Mothers Club.

    Robinson Family Scholarship Fund 
    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.

    Randall and Michael Clark Scholarship Fund 
    Established in 2012 by Randall and Michael Clark.

    Matys-Gleason Family Scholarship Fund 
    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.

    Rodriguez Family Financial Aid Fund 
    Established in 2012 by Eddie and Amy Rodriguez.

    Southworth Family Scholarship Fund 
    Established in 2012 by Hamilton Southworth III and Mary Kathryn Kelley.

    Steinert-Bosse Scholarship Fund
    Established in 2013 by Jan Steinert and Richard Bosse, this Fund celebrates diversity and inclusion at Parker.

    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
    Established in 2017 by Anne, Greg, Charlotte '16, and Olivia '18 Thorson.
  • Current Use Scholarships

    Canepa Family Scholars
    Gurtin Family Scholars
    Hughes Marino Scholar
    Silberman Family Scholar
    Weickart Scholars (for the summer program at Parker) 
  • Awards

    Marites Quini '83 Fund 
    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.

    Douglas C. Crone Fund 
    Established in 1987 to honor Douglas C. Crone, past Head of School from 1969-1987. This Fund recognizes an outstanding senior.

    Jorge Walther-Meade Memorial Scholarship Fund 
    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. 

    Eric Subin '84 Scholarship Fund 
    Established in 1989 in memory of Eric Subin '84, this Fund recognizes an outstanding junior student-athlete.

    Henry F. Lippitt II '29 Award
    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. 

    Norman McLean Jr. Memorial Science Scholarship Fund 
    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.

    Judi Sinnott Award
    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.

    Smith Family Academic Achievement Fund 
    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.

    Kirsten Rindal Scholarship Fund 
    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.

    A Former First Grade Teacher Fund 
    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. 

    Corie Anne Jensen '91 Scholarship Fund 
    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.

    Chuck Freer Sportsmanship Award 
    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.
Francis Parker School is a private, independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12 from across San Diego County. Founded in 1912, the Lower School is located on the Mission Hills Campus with the Upper and Middle Schools on the Linda Vista Campus. Parker's mission is to inspire a diverse community of independent thinkers whose academic excellence, global perspective and strength of character prepare them to make a meaningful difference in the world.

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