About the Scholarship
In partnership with the Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation, we are proud to announce the inaugural 30 KIPP graduates to join the scholarship program as Goldberg Scholars!
Goldberg Scholars will receive:
- A stipend for critical expenses outside of tuition that is necessary for a successful college career
- A Goldberg Mentor who will provide advice and ongoing support throughout the duration of the scholarship
- Support from the Goldberg Connectors, a network of professionals who will help students secure summer internships and job opportunities
- An invitation to attend a leadership day to build skills and connect with other Goldberg Scholars, mentors, and industry influencers
Meet the Inaugural Class of Scholars
Adedunmola AdewaleBowdoin College
KIPP Massachusetts Alumna
Born in Nigeria, Adedunmola “Praise” Adewale came to the United States at the beginning of her freshman year of high school where her family settled in Lynn, Massachusetts. Adedunmola joined KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate her sophomore year and she is currently a senior. Throughout her time in high school, Adedunmola has been a pillar in her community. She’s led policy changes in her school, mentored youth in her community, and provided academic support to her peers. In Fall 2018, she plans on attending Bowdoin College where she’ll double major in Biochemistry and Neuroscience and minor in computer science. She aspires to be a Cardiothoracic Surgeon.
Elizabeth AgbedunMount Holyoke College
KIPP Massachusetts alumna
Elizabeth Agbedun is a senior at KIPP Lynn Collegiate High School. She is excited to major in biomedical engineering in college. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school and pursue a career in developing affordable mechanical prosthetics. During her time in high school, she boldly organized a movement to change school policy around allowing women to wear headwraps. She is also the captain of the African Dance Team and the president of the Environmental Club. In the fall, she will attend Mount Holyoke College.
Jaliwa AlbrightDuke University
KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools Alumnus
Jaliwa is an alumnus of KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools and a current senior at Paideia High School. He is the recipient of his high school’s Headmaster’s award and one of two students selected for the prestigious Governor’s Honors Program. Passionate about sustainability, he recently launched a self-sustaining community garden at an affordable housing complex in Edgewood. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper “The Forum”, the Track and Field Varsity Captain, and the former captain of the Debate Team. In the fall, he will attend Duke University where he is eager to work on big projects and build his leadership skills.
Jacquelyn ArroyoBryn Mawr College
KIPP Houston Public Schools Alumna
Jacquelyn is a senior at KIPP Generations Collegiate in Houston, Texas. She is a first-generation student who aspires to empower her community through law and policy, and plans to pursue immigration law after college and become a U.S. Senator. She is already well on her way there and has taken on numerous leadership opportunities as a POSSE scholar, as president of her high school’s National Honor Society, as captain of the varsity soccer team, as president of a women’s empowerment club called IGNITE, and expanding her horizons traveling abroad during her junior year. She will attend Bryn Mawr College in the fall planning on double majoring in English and Political Science with a minor in Mathematics.
Gerardo AlvarezStanford University
KIPP LA Schools Alumnus
Gerardo is an alumnus of KIPP LA Public Schools and a senior at Alliance Marc and Eva Stern Math and Science School. His passion for mathematics, along with his background in repairing automobiles, has prompted him to pursue an engineering major in college. In his community, he is a trusted advocate and leader. At just ten years old, he helped his parents purchase their first home, which included setting up an appointment, negotiation on price, and translating contracts from English to Spanish. In the fall, he will attend Stanford University in hopes of obtaining not only a bachelor’s degree but as well as a master’s degree.
Airam CruzRensselaer Polytechnic Institute
KIPP NYC Alumnus
Born in the US and raised in the Dominican Republic (DR), Airam lived in the DR for 8 years before returning back to the US and settling in New York City. With a passion for continuous learning, Airam hopes to pursue Aerospace Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and continue his education after undergrad. As a member of the Track Team at Regis High School, Airam has won the Coaches Award and was the Captain of the indoor track team. His leadership extends past athletics as he’s spent half of his time in high school, as a counselor for the REACH program.
Jessica De Los Santos
Jessica De Los SantosWilliams College
KIPP Massachusetts Alumna
Jessica is a senior at KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate. Passionate about science and inquiry, she has pursued learning opportunities at the MEDscience Simulation Lab at Harvard Medical School and through the High School Health Careers Program at UMass Medical School. Eager to bring her hands-on laboratory experiences to other students, Jessica led trips to the Biogen Lab Center and raised over $500 to ensure her classmates could attend. She is the co-founder and captain of the science fair club as well as the founder of the Savvy BIO program. In the fall, she will attend Williams College where she plans to pursue a pre-medical track. As a first generation student of Afro-Latina Dominican descent, she is ecstatic to attend the number one liberal arts college in the country and will continue to work hard breaking barriers for children from underserved communities.
Maleah DensbyDuke University
KIPP Bay Area Schools Alumna
Maleah is a senior at KIPP San Francisco College Preparatory High School. She will be attending Duke University in the fall and plans to major in Biology within the Pre-Med track. She is excited about the possibility of studying abroad in South Africa or Japan. Maleah aspires to one day become a surgeon, making the healthcare system more equitable for people of color along the way. For the past three years, Maleah has served as a Phoenix Mentor at the Willie Mays Boys and Girls Club where she guides students who are transitioning from middle school to high school. She also serves as a member of her school’s Student Government and as cheerleading captain, using her leadership roles at her school to create a positive student culture
Khoa DoanHarvard University
KIPP Bay Area Schools Alumnus
Khoa is a senior at KIPP San Jose Collegiate. He grew up in Vietnam and moved to San Jose when he was fifteen years old. He is interested in pursuing a career that couples his interests in environmental chemistry and public health. He spent the summer of 2017 as a research intern at Stanford where he focused on stormwater treatment, developing findings that will help inform future filtration systems. He will return to the lab this summer to continue working on the environmental project. Khoa has served as Vice President of Key Club and as a volunteer at his local library for 3 years to support his school and community through various fundraising events and tutoring programs. Khoa will be attending Harvard University in the fall.
Citlaly FierroColorado State University, Fort Collins
KIPP Colorado Schools Alumna
Citlaly Fierro is a current senior at KIPP Denver Collegiate High School. During her time in high school, she realized that she had a deep passion for social activism and now aspires to make an impact through public health. During her sophomore year, Citlaly was a part of two programs “WHY” and “STAMP”. The two programs focus on amplifying and unifying the voices of students of color in Denver Public Schools. She has worked relentlessly to grow as a leader, student, and person. Citlaly plans to attend Colorado State University-Fort Collins.
Joshua FitzgeraldTufts University
KIPP Baltimore Alumnus
Joshua is an alumnus of KIPP Baltimore and a current senior at Gilman High School in Baltimore, MD. His leadership extends beyond the classroom and deep into his community, as a member of Gilman’s Black Awareness Club, a volunteer for the Bridges Baltimore program, and a tutor for younger students at Boys Hope Girls Hope in Baltimore. In the fall, he will attend Tufts University, where he plans to major in engineering and continue to give back to help young people in Baltimore succeed.
Anaid GarciaMount Holyoke College
KIPP LA Schools Alumna
Anaid is a KIPP LA Public Schools alumna and currently attends The Waverly School, a competitive, independent high school in Pasadena, CA. Anaid’s interest in computer science has led her to start La Niña, a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower young Latinas, contest the patriarchy of male-dominated careers, and expose girls to careers that they potentially have never been exposed to. She started her non-profit at KIPP LA Prep in Boyle Heights where she teaches a group of fifteen fifth-graders how to code using Scratch. Anaid plans to study computer science at Mount Holyoke College.
Metztli GarciaUniversity of California, Los Angeles
KIPP LA Schools Alumna
Metztli is a KIPP LA alum and senior at Mendez High School. She will be attending UCLA in the fall. Metztli is passionate about making a positive impact on the foster care system. As a former foster youth, she knows the challenges so many children and young adults face and is dedicated to being an advocate for those who may not have a voice. She dreams of one day becoming a politician. Metztli is captain of the varsity cross country team, Founder and Chair of the YMCA Youth Board and Founder of Women’s Empowerment Club.
Rodrigo GarciaDuke University
KIPP Colorado Schools Alumnus
Rodrigo is a senior at KIPP Denver Collegiate High School and will attend Duke University in the fall. He is interested in pursuing a degree in computer engineering. Rodrigo is a member of the varsity soccer team and since 2014, has also played club soccer through C.A.S.A. He is a hard worker and quick study, developing customer service and technical skills at his family’s automotive business. As the oldest of four siblings, Rodrigo will be the first in his family to go to college.
Cedric GarrettUniversity of North Texas
KIPP Houston Public Schools Alumnus
Cedric is currently a senior at KIPP Sunnyside High School. Throughout his years in high school, Cedric has exhibited leadership in more ways than one. His leadership as the captain of KIPP Sunnyside’s basketball team and participation in the Unfamiliar Talent Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) has helped him make the Texas Christian Athletic League 1st Team All-State, also winning the first ever KIPP Sunnyside state championship. Not only does Cedric have a passion for basketball, but he also has a passion for chemical engineering and business. He’ll be attending the University of North Texas to study engineering.
KIPP Houston Public Schools Alumnus
Horus is a KIPP Houston alumnus and a senior at Eastwood Academy High School. He is looking forward to studying finance in college, and is fascinated by spreadsheets, financial statements, budgeting and investing. In addition to being a member of the National Honor Society, Horus has held leadership roles as student council president and as the founder of his school’s chapter of the Business Professionals of America. After he graduates, he is excited to found a financial firm that has a triple bottom line framework(financial, social, environmental) and plans to give back to others in his community.
Sharmely LopezColorado College
KIPP NYC Alumna
Sharmely is a senior at KIPP NYC College Prep High School. She will be attending Colorado College in the fall. She aspires to volunteer as a Community Youth Worker through the Peace Corps after college and plans on either returning to KIPP as a KIPP Through College Counselor or pursuing a career in journalism. She is passionate about using her voice to make a positive impact on the world. Sharmely is a member of the Robin Hood Teen Council and is Co-Captain of Dreamspeak, her school’s spoken word team.
Jannina MartinezDuke University
KIPP Houston Public Schools Alumna
Jannina is a senior at KIPP Northeast College Preparatory High School, where she has excelled across her classes and been involved in youth after school programs across Houston ranging from art to leadership roles. She will attend Duke University in the fall and is eager to study abroad and pursue a humanitarian career. After graduating, she hopes to get a Masters Degree in Public Health and a Minors in Cultural Anthropology, eventually combining all of her interests to be a life coach for individuals interested in health and wellness.
Jonathan MejiaGeorgetown University
KIPP Massachusetts Alumnus
Jonathan is a senior at KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate in Massachusetts. He has served as the Student Body President and advocated for greater awareness and protection of KIPP’s LGBT community. He is eager to pursue a career as a civil rights lawyer. Accepted to Georgetown University in DC, he plans to major in sociology in college. While at Georgetown, he also hopes to study abroad, join the Georgetown University’s Queer People of Color, and continue to explore the intersectionality of different identities.
Anika MittalUniversity of Missouri at Kansas City
KIPP Delta Public Schools
Anika Mittal is a senior at KIPP Blytheville Collegiate High School. Anika has been a leader in her community and is ready to continue her leadership through the Goldberg Scholars Program. Her goal is to become a physician and return to her community in the Delta to provide needed medical care. Anika will be attending the University of Missouri at Kansas City in the fall to study Biology.
Rachael MurdockPomona College
KIPP Delta Public Schools Alumna
Rachael is a KIPP Delta alumna and senior at Indian Spring Schools. She will be attending Pomona College in the fall. Rachael has a passion for writing, film, and theatre and is excited to use these platforms to explore the stories of people who have been underrepresented in the media. She is eager to learn the art of storytelling and looks forward to pursuing a career in this field post-college. She is deeply involved in her school community where she is a member of the Birmingham Aids Outreach Youth Advisory Council, member of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance, member of the Young Democrats and member of Amnesty International.
Kayla PerryHendrix College
KIPP Delta Public Schools Alumna
Kayla is a senior at KIPP Blytheville Collegiate High School in Arkansas. She is a student ambassador and serves as a peer leader, mentoring and inspiring younger KIPPsters. In 2017 she received KIPP Delta’s Beyond Z Award, recognizing her strength of character to go above and beyond, both inside and outside the classroom. In 2016 she traveled to Uganda as part of a community service trip and volunteered at Malayaka House, a home for orphaned and abandoned children and young adults. It is there that Kayla discovered her passion for supporting children and is interested in pursuing a career in child psychology. She will be attending Hendrix College in the fall.
Miguel ReynaVanderbilt University
KIPP Nashville Alumnus
Miguel is a senior at KIPP Nashville Collegiate High School and will be attending Vanderbilt University in the fall, specifically Vanderbilt Peabody College of Education. He is passionate about teaching and looks forward to one day educating students in underserved communities. He is part of the Collegiate Ambassador Program and Co-Founder of the Just Mercy Book Club, a group dedicated to fighting injustices in the community. He has been a member of the Dean’s List for the past 3 years.
Breon RobinsonDuke University
Breon Robinson is a current senior at KIPP DC College Preparatory. Breon is a DC OSSE scholar which allowed him to participate in a rigorous, 4 week, microbiology class this past summer at Duke University. Breon is active in the National Honor Society at KCP and is also an Earl Woods Scholar with Tiger Woods Foundation. Breon recently participated in the spring musical, Hairspray. Breon’s academic passion is mathematics. He plans to work in STEM after college graduation to break down the barriers that affect African American men in STEM fields. This summer Breon will intern at Accenture, as he prepares to begin his college career at Duke University in the fall.
Alejandra RuelasUniversity of California, Berkeley
KIPP LA Public Schools Alumna
Alejandra is from South Los Angeles and a KIPP LA Public Schools alumna. She currently attends USC Hybrid High School in Los Angeles, CA. Alejandra has a passion for science and plans to study Biological Sciences at UC Berkeley. Her passion for medicine developed during an intensive pre-college summer program at Johns Hopkins University where she took Biology and Medicine courses. As a first-generation college student, Alejandra hopes to use her college education to make a positive multigenerational change in her community of South Los Angeles.
Phuc “Simon” Ta
Phuc “Simon” TaYale University
KIPP Houston Public Schools
Simon is a senior at KIPP Houston High School and Valedictorian of his class. He is choosing between attending Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, and Rice University in the fall. He is interested in pursuing a career in the biomedical or engineering field and has a keen interest in learning about how 3D printing can be applied in various fields. He serves on the Student Government as class President and is a team leader for the Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth Society, helping to teach younger children about Vietnamese culture and the Catholic faith. He is a member of the St. Cecelia choir and has a deep interest in music and the arts.
Andrea TecpoytlUniversity of San Diego
KIPP San Diego Alumna
An activist, Andrea has advocated for Dreamers nationwide. Andrea plans to earn her Master’s degree in order to accomplish her ultimate goal of opening a non-profit organization that helps immigrants and the undocumented community. Andrea found her passion for activism when she advocated for the Dream Act in Washington, D.C. During her time there, she met with Congress to push for legislation that would provide a permanent solution to protect Dreamers. Andrea will be attending the University Of San Diego.
Delton UtseyWashington University
KIPP St. Louis Alumnus
Delton is an alumnus of KIPP St Louis Public Schools and a current senior at Saint Louis University High School. He aspires to make a lifelong impact on the city of St Louis through policy and entrepreneurship. He is passionate about bringing together people of different socioeconomic and racial backgrounds, and has led multiple student organizations that aim to create dialogue on issues of race and social justice. At his high school, he was also the President of the Chinese Club, and a Varsity Sprinter for the Track and Field Team. Delton will attend Washington University in St Louis in the fall.
Blake WoodsUniversity of Notre Dame
KIPP New Orleans Schools Alumnus
Blake Woods is a current senior at KIPP Renaissance High School and a second-year student at BARD Early College in New Orleans, LA. With a class rank of 2 out of 130, Blake has demonstrated academic achievements as well as leadership in his community. Blake is a POSSE Scholar, co-founder of the KIPP Renaissance baseball team, and a performing poet that performed for the KIPP Gala 2018. With all of his extracurricular activities, Blake also works part-time as a Manager at a local restaurant. In the Fall, Blake will be attending the University of Notre Dame to study Biology with a Pre-Med educational track. Blake has dreams of becoming a doctor.
Meiyi YuHarvard College
KIPP Bay Area Schools Alumna
Meiyi is a senior at KIPP King Collegiate High School in San Lorenzo, California. She will be attending Harvard College in the fall where she plans to concentrate in Chemistry with the dream of one day becoming an anesthesiologist. Meiyi has been a member of the KIPP King Collegiate Interact Club since 2014 and currently serves as Co-president. The group is a community service organization that aims to make a positive impact both locally and internationally. Meiyi is also Co-president of the student government and is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese.
Want to be a Goldberg Scholar?
Applications for the 2019 Class of Goldberg Scholars will re-open in October.
Ideal candidates should demonstrate the qualities Dave Goldberg exemplified throughout his life and work, including:
- Independent Thinking / Entrepreneurial Spirit: Self-confidence to develop a point of view and challenge conventional wisdom; expressed interest in changing the status quo
- Character: Strong personal character, kindness, and generosity
- Resilience: Perseverance in the face of challenges
- Leadership: Desire to lead and evidence of leadership skills
- Achievement: A record of academic achievement – GPA of 3.0 or higher
About Dave Goldberg
Dave Goldberg believed that everyone should have the opportunity to excel and that even one game-changing idea could make the world a better place.
For Dave, these core values – opportunity and entrepreneurship – came together in education. He was deeply grateful for the first-rate education he received growing up in the Minneapolis public schools, the Blake School, and Harvard University. And he was deeply concerned about how many people don’t have access to a great education. For Dave, education was a right, not a privilege. So when his college friend Richard Barth became CEO of KIPP, Dave wanted to help.
Dave admired KIPP for its entrepreneurial spirit – something he had in abundance. In 1994 – the early days of the internet, before broadband, mobile, Pandora or Spotify – Dave became convinced that people would discover and consume music via their computers. He quit his job at Capitol Records and started LAUNCH Media, a digital music media company, in his apartment. He was so ahead of the times (and broadband speeds) that he initially reached his subscribers by sending CD-ROMs in the mail. LAUNCHcast became one of the first personalized radio services and LAUNCHcast Unlimited was one of the first online streaming music services. In 2001, LAUNCH was purchased by Yahoo! and became Yahoo! Music.
In 2009, Dave became the CEO of SurveyMonkey, then a 14-person company. Guided by Dave’s passionate curiosity, the company turned its simple online survey tool into a global data platform that helps people and businesses get the information they need to bring their ideas to life. Under the leadership of Dave and his team, SurveyMonkey grew into a $2 billion company with more than 500 employees. To this day, Dave’s vision is an integral part of SurveyMonkey’s identity.
Dave was beloved by his colleagues, adored by his friends, and cherished by his family. He was a true mensch – warm-hearted, endlessly generous, hilarious, and brilliant. He lives on in the hearts of all who knew him.