Schools Foundation Sets Scholarship Honoring Mar

Photo courtesy Mar family Patricia and Harry Mar have established a scholarship in honor of their daughter Leslie, who died in July. The scholarship will benefit local students.
Photo courtesy Mar family
Patricia and Harry Mar have established a scholarship in honor of their
daughter Leslie, who died in July. The scholarship will benefit local students.

Harry and Patricia Mar have announced that the Leslie Noelle LienJun Mar Memorial Scholarship has been established and will be managed by the San Marino Schools Foundation.
“We are blessed and moved by the tremendous outpouring of support and love from those who knew our daughter,” said Harry Mar, father of Leslie. “During this difficult time, we heard countless stories about her kindness, thoughtfulness and impact; they lifted our spirits and touched our hearts.”
Leslie Mar grew up in San Marino, attended San Marino public schools and graduated from San Marino High School in 2013. During her life, she was known as an athlete, scholar, leader and artist. She died in July after a hiking accident. After her death, her family set up a scholarship fund as a way to honor her life.
“Thank you to everyone who wanted to show their love for Leslie and support for our family,” said Patricia Mar, Leslie’s mother. “Our family decided that the best way to honor our baby’s legacy and spirit is through a memorial scholarship at the San Marino Schools Foundation.”
“We also want to thank Trenton Kohno, former SMHS 2013 graduate and Leslie’s classmate & ASB (Associated Student Body) co-member and dear friend, who spearheaded the Go Fund Me account from the start. It was so very kind and thoughtful of this young man.”
The Mar family reached an agreement with the foundation on Nov. 1, and seeded the endowment fund with $60,000.
“We felt that the foundation was ideally positioned to steward our daughter’s scholarship long after we are gone,” said Harry Mar. “It is based in San
Marino, knows our community and supports our schools. It
also has the organizational capacity to manage and distribute funds.”
The funds that make up the Mar Scholarship will be part of the foundation’s permanently restricted pool of funds, which make up the foundation’s $3 million endowment. By being a part of the foundation’s endowment, the Mar Scholarship funds may potentially have lower administrative and investment fees and higher investment returns than if it were a stand-alone endowed fund.
“We are honored to be bestowed this responsibility to carry out the legacy of Leslie Mar,” said Chris Maling, president of SMSF. “Through this scholarship, Leslie Mar will continue to touch people’s lives, particularly graduating seniors at San Marino High School.”
The Mar family envisioned that the Leslie Mar Scholarship will benefit graduating seniors beginning this school year who demonstrate well-rounded excellence in academics, athletics and the arts, with special consideration being given to those with demonstrated leadership in any area of school activities — all attributes that personified Leslie Mar as a student, athlete and artist.
“Establishing the Leslie Mar Scholarship at the foundation is personally meaningful to me,” said Jennifer Chuang, San Marino Schools Foundation trustee, who led the efforts to create the scholarship. “I have known the Mar family for years and I wanted to make sure that their daughter’s memory continues to live on.”
On behalf of the foundation, Chuang has also spearheaded the creation of endowed funds, such as the Richard and Eric Dong Endowment Fund, which supports students, staff and activities of San Marino High School organizations. Endowed funds at the San Marino Schools Foundation can be set up to honor the memory of individuals, to celebrate an occasion — such as a birthday, retirement, graduation, or reunion — or to support school programs — such as music. All contributions made to the San Marino Schools Foundation, including to endowments, are tax deductible. In addition, endowments support their designated beneficiaries in perpetuity and can receive on-going donations.
Donations to the Leslie Noelle LienJun Mar Memorial Scholarship can be made either online at smsf.org/donate, by mail or in person. Checks should be made out to San Marino Schools Foundation. Where appropriate, the donation should indicate that it is for the Mar Scholarship. The San Marino Schools Foundation mailing address is 1665 West Drive, San Marino, CA 91108.

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