In 2007, the Leonetti/O'Connell Family Endowed Fund was established at Marlborough School to support the Honors Research in Science Program, and in 2013, the Leonetti/O'Connell Family Foundation expanded its generosity to include the Honors Research in Humanities and Social Sciences Program. These distinctive Programs provide selected juniors and seniors with the opportunity to define, design, and conduct original, "real world" research at nationally renowned facilities and institutions throughout the greater Los Angeles area, and further support the School's commitment to provide meaningful opportunities for independent thought and engagement to high-achieving, self-directed girls.
Carefully matched with professional mentors, students explore a wide range of disciplines, gain early fluency in scholarly literature, and interact with experts in their fields. Stretched far beyond any high school Advanced Placement course, students see firsthand the challenge of producing relevant, valuable research and learn to communicate their results at professional presentations.
The Leonetti/O'Connell Family Endowed Fund provides vital operational funding for the Program, including support for professional development, administrative needs, assessment, laboratory equipment, student transportation costs, guest speaker honorariums, and other related materials.
In 1983, a gift from the Guerin Family Foundation established the Guerin Visiting Scholar Program. This generous gift made it possible for faculty members to look beyond the Los Angeles metropolitan area to bring guests from around the world to the Marlborough campus. In the earliest days of the Program, Trustee Rick Guerin, president of the Foundation, was particularly eager to introduce Marlborough students to women who were pioneers carving out pathways in career fields that had traditionally been male domains.
- Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Nicholas Kristof, selected as the Marlborough's 2013 Guerin Visiting Scholar, speaks with students about his work.
Today, the Guerin Visiting Scholar Program welcomes men and women who are nationally and internationally recognized leaders in their fields, and their visits include hands-on work with students in either a classroom or studio setting, a presentation at an All-School Meeting, and often an evening presentation open to the community at large.
The Guerin Visiting Scholar Program is an impressive example of how our benefactors seek ways to support the mission of the School, and as a result, enrich the experiences of our students. Our Scholars have not only shared with our students their commitment to excellence in their respective fields and disciplines, they have demonstrated the importance of values and character, and reinforced the importance of integrity, commitment, and contribution.
The Guerin Visiting Scholar Program, along with the Guerin Prize, is funded by the Guerin Endowed Fund established by Trustee Rick Guerin.