The Leonore Annenberg Scholarship, Fellowship, and School Funds was a 10-year philanthropic project envisioned by Leonore Annenberg, the former U.S. Chief of Protocol, who succeeded her husband, Walter Annenberg, as chair and president of the Annenberg Foundation. The program was administered by the Annenberg Public Policy Center. Under Director Gail Levin, the Leonore Annenberg funds provided a total of more than $23 million in grants, including $7 million in arts fellowships, $7 million in funding to public elementary schools, and $9 million in college scholarships. From 2008-18, the programs dispensed 70 early-career fellowships to dancers, singers, actors, musicians and visual artists; 36 college scholarships to successful high school juniors who faced serious challenges; and 93 public school grants used for high-impact resources — including technology, science, and arts programs — in underserved public elementary schools. Its final grants were announced in April 2017.
The Leonore Annenberg Funds celebrated the end of a successful 10-year run with a recital featuring violinist Francesca dePasquale, an arts fellowship recipient in 2014, and pianist Reiko Uchida.