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San Marino Schools Foundation Spotlights Memorial Scholarship Students

The San Marino Schools Foundation announced the recipients of the 2024 Leslie Noelle LienJun Mar Memorial Scholarship.

This year’s awardees are Melody Chen, Adrian Huang, Patrick Samson and Malia Yu, who were involved in activities at San Marino High School including marching band, basketball, volleyball, the National Charity League, Rotary Interact, robotics, student government, Science Olympiad and the Dance Company.

The scholarship was established in 2018 by Patricia and Harry Mar of San Marino to honor their daughter Leslie Mar, a San Marino High graduate who died in a 2013 hiking accident. It is awarded annually to graduating seniors who demonstrate excellence in academics, athletics and arts.

“I am so grateful to have been chosen to honor Leslie’s memory within this generous scholarship,” Yu said. “Thank you so much to the San Marino Schools Foundation for your consideration in my application. I would like to share my immense gratitude towards the Mar family for providing this opportunity for me and the others selected.”

The fields of health and medicine will be the focus of this year’s scholars. Huang will study nutritional sciences at Cornell University in 2025 after completing first-year requirements at the University of Michigan this fall. Samson will study nursing at Cal State L.A. Chen is pursuing a career in medicine, beginning with studies in neuroscience and public health at UCLA. Yu will attend Boston University, majoring in health science with plans to study oral medicine and work toward a career in dental specialty.

The scholarship was initially funded by the Mar family and donations but is now sustained by the dividends from an endowment managed by the foundation. It grants $1,000 each to at least three students annually.

“These chosen recipients honor Leslie Mar not only with their accomplishments but also with their dedication to community service which was so important to Leslie and her family,” said Alison Moller, SMSF president.

First published in the June 20 issue of the San Marino Tribune


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