Goldberg Scholars

An annual scholarship to empower a new generation of diverse leaders. The Dave Goldberg Scholars Program honors the remarkable life and legacy of Dave Goldberg by providing exceptional KIPP graduates with financial support and mentorship throughout college.

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About the Scholarship

Dave Goldberg Scholarship ProgramIn partnership with the Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family FoundationKIPP will select 15 KIPP graduates each year to join the scholarship program as Goldberg Scholars.

Goldberg Scholars will receive:

  • Stipends for critical expenses outside of tuition and room & board that are 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 weekend to engage in professional development, build skills, and connect with other Goldberg Scholars, mentors, and industry influencers.

 

Ideal Candidates

Selected scholars 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: Demonstrated ability to persevere 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

 

“Being a Goldberg Scholar means wanting to be the game changers. We all have the desire and willingness to speak up on issues and change what we see. There are many kids who can’t speak up for themselves and we are willing to do so for them. I am responsible for leaving a legacy that lives up to Dave Goldberg’s name.”
– Metztli Garcia (Class of 2018 Goldberg Scholar)

Meet Previous Goldberg Scholars

How to Apply

Applications for the 2021 class of Goldberg Scholars are now open for graduating high school seniors. The deadline to apply is Monday, February 8th.

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About Dave Goldberg

Dave GoldbergDave 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.

The Goldberg Scholars Leadership Weekend

Every year, we gather scholars for the Goldberg Scholars Leadership Weekend. During this time together, the scholars engage in college readiness sessions, build relationships, and connect with the Goldberg Mentors and Connectors. This gathering is an important time for scholars to meet, talk, laugh, learn, and begin friendships that we hope will last a lifetime.

*Note – due to COVID-19, we held a virtual Leadership Weekend for summer 2020 and a decision regarding an in-person Leadership Weekend will be made next spring based on the latest health officials’ recommendations regarding the pandemic at that time.

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Meet the 2020 Class of Goldberg Scholars

Sarahi Castillo-Cruz
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Sarahi Castillo-Cruz

Claremont McKenna College

KIPP SoCal Public Schools – San Diego Alumna

Sarahi is an alumna of The Bishop’s School, located in La Jolla, CA. She has a strong interest in languages and government and intends to major in International Relations before attending law school. During her high school years, she was the leader of the Latin American Student Organization, raising awareness and educating the Bishop’s community on the Latinx experience. As a Head Ambassador, Sarahi was able to share her experience as a Bishop’s student and create a bridge between prospective Hispanic families and Bishop’s by serving as a translator at various events as well as of the school’s website.

Rayelle Cato
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Rayelle Cato

Bard College

KIPP Baltimore Alumna

Rayelle is a KIPP Baltimore and Bard High School Early College alumna. She is passionate about writing and film and she hopes to one day make films about the underappreciated. She was published in I BelongMagazine twice, was a part of many extracurriculars during her high school years and co-founded a Drama club at her school.

Destin Fernandes
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Destin Fernandes

Stanford University

KIPP Massachusetts Public Charter Schools Alumna

Destin is a graduate of KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate in Massachusetts. He is passionate about poetry, social justice, and film. He hopes to one day become a civil rights lawyer to advocate for those who need it the most and make a difference in society. He was part of his school slam team, Indigo Society Poets, and together won ‘Louder Than a Bomb.’ He has also organized the ‘Be You’ Youth Pride Event for LGBT+ youth in his community.

Donzhei Green
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Donzhei Green

Bucknell University

KIPP New Orleans Schools Alumna

Donzhei is a graduate of Frederick A. Douglass High School in New Orleans, Louisiana. During her time in high school, she took dual enrollment courses with Bard Early College New Orleans. She was part of the first graduating class of seniors in Louisiana that graduated high school with an associate degree in hand. She is deeply passionate about community service and social justice organizations. She has held several leadership positions in the Student Government where, along with the help of other members, had opportunities to positively impact her school. She plans to pursue a pre-med or pre-law path at Bucknell.

Gabriella Hall
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Gabriella Hall

Wellesley College

KIPP Bay Area Public Schools Alumna

Gabriella Marie Hall is from San Lorenzo, California and graduated from KIPP King Collegiate High School. As a deaf student, she is a strong advocate for disability rights, working with KIPP King to incorporate disability history into the curriculum and participating in leadership activities alongside other deaf and hard of hearing students. Furthermore, she has a deep passion for academics, pursuing intensive learning opportunities at Stanford and UC Davis in areas including literature, international relations, and politics.

Kaylin Hernandez
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Kaylin Hernandez

Duke University

KIPP Texas Public Schools – San Antonio Alumna

Kaylin is an alumna of KIPP University Prep in San Antonio, Texas. Passionate about helping others and U.S. involvement abroad, she plans to major in political science while on the pre-med track at Duke University. She aspires to one day become a dermatologist as part of the Doctors Without Borders organization, changing lives through medicine. As Student Government President, NHS VP, and captain of three varsity teams, Kaylin’s engagement with her school is diverse and her charisma motivates those around her to do more. Her genuine love for people is what fuels her passions and inspires her future career.

Jeanne Huynh
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Jeanne Huynh

De Anza College

KIPP Bay Area Public Schools Alumna

Jeanne is an alumna of KIPP San Jose Collegiate. At ten years old, Jeanne witnessed her father recover from a physical injury, and ever since then, she has been inspired to pursue a career in occupational therapy. As she majors in biology to prepare for work in the healthcare industry, Jeanne hopes that her efforts will not only promote female representation and gender equity in STEM, but will also broaden the variety and accessibility of healthcare services to underserved communities. On top of working a part-time job during high school, Jeanne was the co-captain of the varsity volleyball team, Lead Writer of Yearbook, and a member of the Debate Team.

Namit Srivastava
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Namit Srivastava

KIPP Bay Area Public Schools Alumnus

Namit is a KIPP San Jose Collegiate alum. During his time in high school, Namit regularly acted in his school’s theater productions, volunteered at the Tech Interactive on weekends, taught children how to code, was a member of the Young Scholars program at Santa Clara University, and served as the vice-president of the computer science club. He plans to study computer science and engineering in college, and one day build an organization dedicated to helping underserved students excel in STEM.

Bill Tapia-Figueroa
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Bill Tapia-Figueroa

UC Davis

KIPP SoCal Public Schools – LA Alumnus

Bill is a graduate of Cathedral High School in Los Angeles. During his time in high school, he was the Math Club assistant secretary and spent over 200 hours volunteering at the Variety Boys & Girls Club. His passion for science, mathematics, and the construction of structures has prompted him to pursue a degree in Civil Engineering at UC Davis. He hopes to one day create an organization which provides motivation and aid to low-income families.

 

Devonta Thomas
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Devonta Thomas

KIPP Delta Public Schools Alumnus

Devonta is a KIPP Delta Collegiate High School alum. In high school he was an honors student, peer mediator and mentor, and participated in prestigious summer programs that shaped his leadership skills, including HOBY and Franklin & Marshall College Prep. He has a passion for working with people, especially young people, which motivates him to major in Education in college. He aspires to pursue a career as an education administrator with the hope of one day opening a school of his own.

Matijanay Tiggle
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Matijanay Tiggle

Drexel University

KIPP Philadelphia Public Schools Alumna

Matijanay is an alumna of KIPP West Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School and a graduate of Academy at Palumbo in Philadelphia, PA. She is passionate about helping others from disadvantaged communities and giving back to the community that strengthened and motivated her. She began to pursue her passion by volunteering at Christy Recreation Center and creating a mentoring club with fellow classmates. Matijanay aspires to become a Nurse Practitioner centered around neonatal and pediatric care. She is proud to be a member of Villanova University’s Initiative for Engaging Women, a program that has supported her throughout her high school career. She is also a proud founder of Mentor Me, a club started to coalesce her school community and aid others who may not have the support needed to succeed.

 

Ximena Tobon
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Ximena Tobon

University of Texas at Austin

KIPP Texas Public Schools – San Antonio Alumna

Ximena is KIPP San Antonio alumna. During her time in high school, she served as an officer of the Student Government Association and devoted her weekends to community service with organizations like the San Antonio Food Bank. She is passionate about helping those around her and is eager to pursue a career in Nursing. As a first-generation student, Ximena hopes to use her college education to give back to her community of Southeast San Antonio by helping to provide access to resources like affordable tutoring.

Cindy Tran
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Cindy Tran

San Jose State University

KIPP Bay Public Schools Area Alumna

Cindy is an alumna of KIPP San Jose Collegiate. She enjoys expressing her creativity through art, playing volleyball and running track and field. She aspires to explore a career in art, science, and technology, especially for women in Silicon Valley. During her time in high school, she was a proud volunteer for her local Vietnamese community as a pageant titleholder. Additionally, she worked as a graphic designer for her high school, creating posters and flyers for school-wide events, such as the Black History Month and Lunar New Year Celebrations, and for student organizations like the Gender Spectrum Alliance (GSA) and Asian Pacific Islander Association (APIA). She is most proud of her work with KSJC’s Specialized Teaching Program (STP) class where she created a t-shirt to raise awareness about Autism Awareness Month.

 

Quanifah Williams
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Quanifah Williams

KIPP Philadelphia Public Schools Alumna

Quanifah is an alumna of KIPP DuBois Collegiate Academy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In the summer of 2019, she had the opportunity to attend the Summer Institute program at The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College. This experience gave her the chance to learn more about the culinary field, a field about which she is passionate. After the program, she began running her own business, further developed her cooking skills and solidified her plans to study business and entrepreneurship in college. She hopes to impact the Philadelphia community through her future restaurant and non-profit.

Raekwon Williams
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Raekwon Williams

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

KIPP Baltimore Alumnus

Raekwon is a KIPP Baltimore alum and attend the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute as part of The Ingenuity Project. He looks forward to studying Biomedical engineering at UNC Chapel Hill. He is passionate about becoming a physician-scientist to advocate for underrepresented communities and help eliminate health disparities by promoting diversity in medicine. During high school, Raekwon served as a leader on the lacrosse and swimming teams while also conducting an independent research project on prostate cancer at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Frequently Asked Questions

    • Goldberg Scholars will receive four different stipends for critical expenses outside of tuition and room & board:
      • Annual School Support Stipend
      • Annual Amenities Stipend for books and clothing
      • One-time Technology Stipend
      • Summer Stipend (offered Freshman – Junior year summer)
  • High school seniors in good academic standing (minimum GPA of 3.0) who plan to enroll full-time in a four-year US accredited degree-program and have financial need are all welcome to apply. To be eligible, applicants must have graduated from a KIPP middle-school OR be on track to graduate from a KIPP high school. Last year, applicants came from all of our regions including KIPP and non-KIPP high schools. Ideal candidates should demonstrate the qualities Dave Goldberg exemplified throughout his life and work – academic achievement, leadership, resilience, character, and entrepreneurial spirit.

     

  • The 2020-2021 scholarship application period is from October 2, 2020 – February 8, 2021. 

  • No. 8th grade completers (KIPP middle school graduates) can also apply. Last year, we had a large number of applicants who attended non-KIPP high schools.

  • No. This program is only open to high school seniors, not KIPP alumni.

  • Yes! We encourage you to apply. Your citizenship status will not be taken into consideration during the selection process.  

  • Yes. When you apply, you will be asked to enter the name and email address of two recommenders. One must be a KIPP teacher or KIPP Through College advisor. They will each be asked to answer specific questions in a recommendation letter.

     

  • Selected scholars will be notified by mid-April 2021.

  • If you have any other questions, feel free to email Courtney Duncan at CDuncan@kipp.org and Amara Warren at AWarren@kipp.org.