Support of Marianapolis is an investment in the school’s mission. Alumni, parents (past and present) and friends are key stakeholders in the Marianapolis community.
Gifts to Marianapolis enable everyone to give what they can each year knowing that they are joining hundreds of fellow donors in having a powerful, collective impact on the student experience. Our current and future strength depend on your generous support. There are a number of ways to contribute; please consider making a gift today.
You can direct your gift to one of the following areas:
- Marianapolis Fund
- Brendan H. McCarthy '85 Technology Fund
- The General Norman Smith Fund
- The Marianapolis Planned Giving Society
- Keith Myers '86 Opportunity Fund
- Ebbitt Family Scholarship Fund for Faculty and Staff Children
- Marilyn S. Ebbitt Speaker Series
- Annual Golf Tournament
In the classrooms, the studios, and the playing fields, the Marianapolis Fund enriches all areas of school life, ensuring the ability to maintain a community-based campus, dynamic programming, and innovative curriculums that make an MPrep experience unique.
Tuition alone does not meet the full cost of each student’s education. The contributions from Marianapolis parents, trustees, alumni and other friends of the school support the current year’s operating budget and impacts virtually every part of the school. In part, MFund contributions help Marianapolis:
- Enhance the breadth and depth of the curriculum
- Attract and retain the best faculty and students
- Maintain a safe and beautiful campus
The Marian’s recent, generous gift of the monastery, old gymnasium, carriage house and office building in the southwest corner of the campus will provide the School with the space to expand its comprehensive educational programs. The property has been carefully maintained, but there is still work to be done to completely transform and re-purpose the buildings so the students can receive the greatest benefits.
Similarly, the recent construction of the Gustavson Track & Field has ushered in a new era for our Athletics program. However, funding enhancements, such as a permanent scoreboard and the construction of an athletic equipment shed, will help to complete the project, and is another goal for the Marianapolis Fund this year.
We hope you will make a contribution to help support these and other important improvements this year.
This endowed fund was created in honor of “General” Norman Smith in an effort to support the Marianapolis athletic program’s annual and long-term needs. He is greatly admired by his students, now alumni, that he coached during his time at Marianapolis and this fund serves to preserve his legacy.
“General” Smith worked at Marianapolis from 1959 until his retirement in 1969. Before Marianapolis, he was a teacher and coach at Wyoming Seminary in Pennsylvania from 1926 until he was called to active duty in 1941 with the Army. He was the senior Morale Officer on General Patton’s staff “participating in the North Africa, the Sicilian, and the Naples, Foggia campaigns.” He was wounded in 1943 and returned to the States. He was discharged in 1947. He also held positions at The Rectory School, Jug End Barn, Spring Lake Ranch, and Camp Indian Acre.
While at Marianapolis, he coached football, basketball, and baseball, and served as the Athletic Director. He is credited with helping to build the sports program at Marianapolis. He was nicknamed the “Gen” in honor of his military service and his leadership abilities. He was universally loved by his students, who wrote this about him upon his retirement:
Sources: “It Was Nothing!” by Phyllis Murriel Smith, “Marianapolis Preparatory School: The First Fifty Years” by John C. Petrauskas, M.I.C.
This scholarship was established by the Board of Directors and is designed to help support faculty and staff children as they matriculate to college from Marianapolis. While many who interacted with Marilyn during her time as Headmistress will remember the motto “For the sake of one child,'' she and Ken also had an unwavering devotion and commitment to the teaching faculty and staff of our School. This scholarship has served as a wonderful way for that legacy to continue in their names.
Named for former Headmistress Marilyn S. Ebbitt, this fund provides resources to welcome impressive and impactful speakers to campus. Past speakers have included American Activist Ralph Nader, the Honorable Robert A. Richardson, U.S. Magistrate Judge of the District Court for the District of Connecticut, and Deputy Director of the Office of International Intellectual Property Enforcement Charles Randolph.
Please make checks payable to Marianapolis Preparatory School and mail to:
Marianapolis Preparatory School
Alumni & Development Office
PO Box 304
Thompson, CT 06277
If you would like to donate via wire transfer, please contact Susan Andersen at email@example.com or 860-923-9565, ext 227.