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.

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.

 

Meet the 2022 Class of Goldberg Scholars

Chidindu Aniekwenagbu
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Chidindu Aniekwenagbu

Union College

KIPP Massachusetts Public Charter Schools

Chidindu, KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate alum, plans to major in biochemistry on the pre-medical track at Union College to become a medical doctor. As a future Black doctor, he aspires to dismantle the racial disparities in medicine and construct medical organizations in Nigeria to give back to his people. In school, Chidindu is a Peer Mentor, meeting regularly with lower classmen to provide mental, academic, and emotional support; he was also a co-captain of his Varsity Soccer Team and member of the Varsity Basketball Team. In addition to excelling in school, Chidindu has his Home Health Aide Certification, which he uses to care for the elderly while expanding his passion for healthcare; he is also an altar server, usher, and choir member at St. Mary’s of Sacred Heart Parish. Chidindu will attend Union College as part of the Posse Scholarship Program and was also selected as a Dell Scholar.

Diego Ayala
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Diego Ayala

Duke University

KIPP Texas Public Schools – Houston

Diego is ready for his next adventure. Although he is incredibly excited to graduate with the KIPP Houston High School class of 2022, Diego is even more thrilled about his next steps. This is why he jumped at the chance to apply to Duke University during the KIPP Pre-Review and then, again, at Early Decision time. He knew this was what he wanted and that this is what he earned. Diego consistently goes above and beyond in his work—from maintaining straight As in 12 AP classes to exploring his love of science and math. Diego is ready for any and all challenges that come his way and is incredibly grateful for the support he has and will continue to receive from his KIPP family.

Nathalie Ceron
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Nathalie Ceron

KIPP SoCal Public Schools

Nathalie is an East College Prep High School and a KIPP Academy of Innovation alumna, and she aspires to major in public policy at either the University of Southern California or UCLA. Nathalie is passionate about coding and hopes to create websites that educate women on consent and violence prevention. During high school, she was an active member of the East Los Angeles Women’s Center, Latinx Student Union, and the ACLU Youth Liberty Squad, where she led campaigns and advocated for her community. In addition, she plans to grow her skincare business to help people feel empowered so they enter spaces confidently. She will be the first in her family to attend college.

Tiffany Cheung
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Tiffany Cheung

University of California, Irvine

KIPP Public Schools Northern California

Tiffany is an alumna of KIPP King Collegiate High School and hopes to major in business information management at the University of California, Irvine. She not only excels in her academics but is a powerhouse student leader while being the secondary caretaker to her brothers after their mother passed away while they were all fairly young. She founded Peer Mentor, a student-run mentor and resource group to assist fellow students in the college application process. She successfully connected 20% of the student body with these services. She has been active in Girls Who Code, the Asian Youth Campaign, Red Cross, Key Club, and handled the marketing plan for the Yearbook Club.

Nubia Correa
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Nubia Correa

Stanford University

KIPP Public Schools Northern California

Nubia found the power of civic engagement early on at KIPP King Collegiate High School. She joined the Martin Luther King. Jr. Center as a civic board member and traveled throughout the US to drive up voter registration. She also coached other students on social responsibility and civic engagement and met regularly with Oakland City Council Leaders. Nubia is one of 21 Youth Advisory Commission members in San Leandro, where she facilitated a community drive where over 500 blankets and toys were supplied to families in San Leandro. Nubia attended the Girls Inc. Summer Immersion Program in Alameda County and was selected as one of the national scholarship finalists for the organization. She plans to major in computer science at Stanford University.

Noel Crisostomo
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Noel Crisostomo

University of Southern California

KIPP Massachusetts Public Charter Schools

Noel, a KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate alum, plans on majoring in mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University of Southern California. He aims to improve inclusivity and diversity for people of color in the STEM field. Noel is president of the Math Club, a member of a local non-profit organization that seeks to make college more accessible to minorities, and co-founder of the College Readiness Club. Apart from his success in school, Noel is a member of the Questbridge Scholar Network, where he connects with other students across the country to help each other succeed throughout college. Noel one day hopes to create his own inclusive company that develops technology for future generations.

Emily Davis
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Emily Davis

University of Denver

KIPP Colorado Public Schools

Emily is a KIPP Northeast Denver Leadership Academy alum, intending to major in political science and or criminal justice at the University of Denver. She is a first-generation student and wants to pursue law later in her future. Emily has always been heavily involved in her community in school, whether that involves sports or clubs. One of these clubs is the Asian Student Alliance. In addition, she did a variety of sports in high school like cheerleading and volleyball. Emily is excited to pursue her dream of becoming a lawyer that works closely with families.

Grace Lukan
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Grace Lukan

Bucknell University

KIPP Massachusetts Public Charter Schools

Grace is KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate alum and will be attending Bucknell University as a Posse Scholar in the fall. She intends to major in psychology and minor in computer science, with hopes of becoming a psychiatrist and helping increase access to mental health care in the Black community. In high school, Grace was a member of the Library Freedom Project program, a Peer Counselor, captain of the track and dance teams, Senior Class Historian, and a leader in the National Honor Society. Grace is also an entrepreneur, having started her own hair care business in 2021.

Roslyn Medrano
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Roslyn Medrano

University of California, Los Angeles

KIPP SoCal Public Schools

Roslyn Medrano, an alum at Middle College High School, intends to major in psychology at UCLA and hopes to get her master’s degree in relation to clinical research. She wants to continue her studies and learn more about the scientific nature of psychology and develop new ways to improve this department. Along with her academic excellence, she was co-captain of the Girls Volleyball Team which helped build her leadership skills. She also created a wellness club dedicated to bringing mental health awareness to her high school. In this club, she became a mentor to the underclassmen dealing with any issues. During her spare time, she helped first- and second-year students with their classes.

Fardowsa Muhumed
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Fardowsa Muhumed

University of Missouri - Kansas City

KIPP Kansas City

Fardowsa, a Frontier STEM High School and KIPP Kansas City alum, intends to study courses on the pre-med track at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Her goal in pursuing medicine is to help address the racial inequities experienced by refugee mothers in the healthcare system. In addition to excelling academically, she has been involved in organizations focused on exposing students to health care professions, helped put together a cultural fashion show to showcase the diversity of cultures represented within her high school’s student body, and volunteered to translate so schools and families can communicate with one another – all while working nearly 20 hours a week and taking care of her nieces and nephews.

Crystal Ngo
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Crystal Ngo

University of California, Berkeley

KIPP Public Schools Northern California

Crystal found the power of healing through art after dealing with her father’s passing. She was an intern at the Asian Art Museum where she coordinated events and tutorials to promote Asian art. She was also a community engagement intern at Public Health Institute working on the Improving the Wellness of Asian Youth Project where she facilitated open discussions and activities for a monthly support group and orchestrated an art showcase with 25 youth artists. As co-president of the Asian and Pacific Islander Affinity group at KIPP King Collegiate High School, she led meetings and communications with all of its members. Crystal is matriculating to UC Berkeley to explore the intersection of her passions for social justice, advocacy, art and space.

Kobe Patterson
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Kobe Patterson

Ohio State University

KIPP Columbus

Kobe, a KIPP Columbus High School alum, intends to major in computer science at Ohio State University. His ultimate goal is to be an indie video game designer. Kobe is a founding member of the Robotics team, president of the Gaming Club, and a member of Anime Drawing Club. In addition to his achievements in school, he spends his free time creating his own original video game named Chimera.

Joshua Pedroza
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Joshua Pedroza

University of Connecticut

KIPP SoCal Public Schools

Joshua, an Esperanza College Prep and KIPP SoCal alum, is first in his family to attend college by majoring in business administration and marketing at the University of Connecticut. His goal is to learn and understand the foundations of being a business owner in hopes to later help small businesses in his community. Joshua is the senior class President in Student Government and is the Captain of Esperanza’s Cheerleading team. When he is not at school for extracurriculars, he spends his time managing a small baking business. He loves exploring different careers by volunteering at his local library where he helps kids grow a passion for reading at the Summer Discovery Booth and assists in guest speaker presentations that teach kids different jobs in the workforce. By applying his knowledge from previous summer internships like the STEM Enhancement of Earth Sciences High School Summer Internship he built a wearable device (Hike Alert) to help hikers feel safe when they go on a hike. In addition to his work academically, he advocates for the members of his community by helping them overcome and end police brutality through protesting for change.

Queenadeola Royalty
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Queenadeola Royalty

Union College

KIPP Baltimore

Queenadeola is a Kipp Ujima Village Academy alumnus from Baltimore City, Maryland. She is a creative artist and entrepreneur who plans to major in psychology and minor in visual art. She believes that developing interpersonal and creative skills in her undergraduate studies will help her become a better lawyer and businesswoman. Seeing the pain of people who have been affected by present-day injustices has inspired her to become a voice for marginalized communities through advocacy, business, and artwork.

Haleigh Sallaway
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Haleigh Sallaway

New York University

KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools

Haleigh is a KIPP Atlanta Collegiate alumna, pursuing pre-medicine with a major in biochemistry with a minor in Statistics at New York University. Haleigh dreams of making groundbreaking discoveries in medicine while running a pharmaceutical company that puts the needs of people before money. Haleigh is a speaker in her Peer Leadership Club and an officer in the National Honor Society. She also participated in soccer, debate, as well as four other national honor societies. In her spare time, Haleigh works as a mentor to a class of freshman and volunteers every Thursday at Pop-up Atlanta, an organization that provides food, clothes, and other essentials to those in need. As a reflection of her hard work, she has been named a Georgia Merit Scholar and is on the dean’s list at Atlanta Metropolitan State College.

Saniyah Wilkins
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Saniyah Wilkins

University of Pennsylvania

KIPP Philadelphia Public Schools

Saniyah’s contributions to KIPP DuBois Collegiate Academy in West Philadelphia are boundless. Academically, she made an early commitment to excellence and has maintained a 4.0-grade point average throughout her high school career and as a result was named a Questbridge National College Match finalist. Saniyah’s contributions go far beyond the classroom as she has also contributed to the school newspaper and yearbook. However, her greatest passions are cheerleading, dance and her business, “PopKorn Beauty.” Next year, she will make her mark at The University of Pennsylvania. Saniyah’s long-term plan is to improve Black communities by supporting and changing healthcare practices.

Hannah Wilson
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Hannah Wilson

Drexel University

KIPP Philadelphia Public Schools

Hannah is determined not to let life circumstances dictate her future outcomes. As an African American Muslim woman, she wants to contribute her heart and smarts to the field of medicine. Academically, Hannah has been prepared for this journey with honors, advanced placement, and college programs she explored in high school. She has seen the need to support her immediate community firsthand through her volunteer work with The Chosen 300, where she did homeless outreach. Hannah is no stranger to hard work as she has done all of this while working various part-time jobs. Hannah is excited to join the Drexel University community in her home city of Philadelphia this fall!

First Class: KIPP Goldberg Scholars

In celebration of the founding class of Goldberg scholars graduating college we caught up with a few KIPP alum to learn about their college experience in the program and what’s next as they move on to the next chapter of their lives.

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 their college years. This annual scholarship is focused on assisting a new generation of diverse alumni to become the leaders of tomorrow.

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.

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, you must be a current KIPP High School Senior or KIPP Middle School alumni in their senior year of 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 application period was from October 1, 2021 to February 11, 2022 at 11:59pm PST.

  • 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.  They will each be asked to answer specific questions in a recommender portal on the application website. 

  • Selected scholars will be notified in Spring 2022.

  • If you have any other questions, feel free to email Tevera Stith at TStith@kipp.org