Goldberg Scholars

An annual scholarship to empower a new generation of diverse leaders. The 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 Program

In 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: 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

Meet the 2019 Class of Goldberg Scholars

Amanda Abeja, KIPP Texas San Antonio
Amanda Abeja
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Amanda Abeja, KIPP Texas San Antonio

Amanda Abeja

University of Pennsylvania

KIPP Texas Public Schools — San Antonio Alumna

Amanda is an alumna of KIPP University Prep High School in San Antonio. She is passionate about foreign relations between the U.S. and Latin American countries, and she hopes to one day work for the U.S. Foreign Services Department. During her time at KIPP University Prep, Amanda exhibited her leadership capabilities as president of NHS and manager of the track team, and her extensive involvement as a school ambassador. As school ambassador, Amanda gave more than 100 tours to visitors ranging from potential donors to low-income, non-English-speaking families.

Roy Antoine, KIPP Memphis
Roy Antoine
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Roy Antoine, KIPP Memphis

Roy Antoine

Washington University in St. Louis

KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools Alumnus

Roy is an incoming freshman at Washington University in St. Louis, where he plans to study mechanical engineering. Coming from KIPP Memphis Collegiate High School, Roy has an impressive record of academic and extracurricular achievements—not only was he Valedictorian of his class, but he also juggled a demanding job outside of school and led his school’s marching band.

Savana Bradford, KIPP Bay Area
Savana Bradford
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Savana Bradford, KIPP Bay Area

Savana Bradford

University of California, Davis

KIPP Bay Area Public Schools Alumna

Savana is a graduate of KIPP San Francisco College Preparatory. She is passionate about one day helping troubled youth and other underserved populations as a psychologist. Eventually, Savana hopes to create a nonprofit that offers aid to low-income communities. She is a devoted leader on and off campus, serving as freshman class president and a teacher’s assistant at KIPP, and participating in Stanford’s Summer Math and Science Honors (SMASH) program and Columbia University’s Girls In Stem Initiative. To reach her goal of providing mental health services to those in need, Savana plans to obtain bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology.

Elmer Cruz, KIPP Texas Houston
Elmer Cruz
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Elmer Cruz, KIPP Texas Houston

Elmer Cruz

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

KIPP Texas Public Schools — Houston Alumnus

Elmer is an incoming freshman at MIT. He plans to earn a degree in electrical engineering, and one day start an organization that helps underserved students realize their unlimited potential. At the Awty International School in Houston, Elmer centered his extracurricular activities around helping others, from serving as VP of a peer-tutoring club to consistently playing the keyboard at his church, and advocating for low-income students to have more access to technology at his school.

Joshua Edwards KIPP Tulsa
Joshua Edwards
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Joshua Edwards KIPP Tulsa

Joshua Edwards

Jackson State University

KIPP Tulsa Alumnus

Joshua graduated from Washington High School in Tulsa. During his time in high school, Joshua was VP of the Senior Class Board, Trombone section leader, and an active volunteer at his church. He also became a radio personality at the Juice Radio Show, where he discovered his passion for changing the media’s portrayal of people of color. He plans to one day become a broadcast journalist for a major network to help eliminate social inequities in media coverage. Due to his extensive community involvement, Joshua won the “Mr. Hornet Award,” which acknowledges academic, characteristic, and extracurricular achievement.

Nayeli Garcia, KIPP Texas Austin
Nayeli Garcia
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Nayeli Garcia, KIPP Texas Austin

Nayeli Garcia

University of Texas at Austin

KIPP Texas Public Schools — Austin Alumna

Nayeli is a KIPP Austin Collegiate alumna. During her time in high school, she volunteered to teach kids about science at a local children’s museum and learned coding skills through Kode with Klossy. Nayeli also served as president of NHS, chief of staff at Science NHS, and manager of the volleyball team. These experiences inspired Nayeli to pursue a career at the intersection of STEM and education, and she plans to study genetics in college to reach that goal.

Yodit Goshu, KIPP Texas Houston
Yodit Goshu
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Yodit Goshu, KIPP Texas Houston

Yodit Goshu

Howard University

KIPP Texas Public Schools — Houston Alumna

Yodit is an alumna of KIPP Houston High School. She is eager to pursue a career as a pharmacist to help underserved communities access medicine. Yodit has already started improving the lives of others, logging more than 170 hours of volunteer work at local hospitals and other community organizations. In high school, she served as treasurer of the African Student Association, manager of her school’s dance team, and VP of Finance for the Student Body Association. In recognition of Yodit’s intense mission to acquire knowledge, she received the Advisory Award for Hunger.

Zhi Jian Liang, KIPP Bay Area
Zhi Jian Liang
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Zhi Jian Liang, KIPP Bay Area

Zhi Jian Liang

University California, San Diego

KIPP Bay Area Public Schools Alumnus

Zhi attended high school at KIPP King Collegiate High School near San Francisco. After immigrating to the United States from China, Zhi taught himself how to code and immediately fell in love with technology. He plans to study computer science in college and eventually teach the subject to students in low-income communities with access to computer science courses. In high school, Zhi worked a part-time job, while excelling as a runner on the cross-country team and serving as a senior mentor with the KIPP King Senior Mentors program. Zhi has approached his plethora of activities with a smile on his face, earning him the “We Need Your Smile Award” for his outstanding attitude.

Marilyn Nguyen, KIPP Bay Area
Marilyn Nguyen
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Marilyn Nguyen, KIPP Bay Area

Marilyn Nguyen

Duke University

KIPP Bay Area Public Schools Alumna

Marilyn is a graduate of KIPP San Jose Collegiate and an incoming freshman at Duke University. At Duke, Marilyn plans to study global health and psychology, and participate in domestic and international immersive service projects. One day, she hopes to make health services accessible to low-income families and improve healthcare systems. During her time in high school, Marilyn served as Co-President of Interact Club, where she raised money to address issues of child marriage and human trafficking, as well as her school’s resident calligraphist.

Jerylee Perez, KIPP LA
Jerylee Perez
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Jerylee Perez, KIPP LA

Jerylee Perez

University of California, Los Angeles

KIPP LA Public Schools Alumna

Jerylee is a KIPP Los Angeles alumna. At KIPP, Jerylee made her mark as junior class president and editor-in-chief of the yearbook. She is passionate about telling the often untold stories of women of color in her community, and she has channeled this interest through her work at Las Fotos, where she uses photography to empower women from disadvantaged communities. Jerylee also co-founded Las Chicas Chulas, an organization that addresses the stigma of being a woman of color through photography. To further her interest in telling stories about powerful women of color, Jerylee intends to study journalism in college and eventually pursue a career in that field.

Edward Ramirez, KIPP Texas Houston
Edward Ramirez
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Edward Ramirez, KIPP Texas Houston

Edward Ramirez

Georgetown University

KIPP Texas Public Schools — Houston Alumnus

Edward is a graduate of KIPP Houston High School. In addition to serving as VP of his class and co-captain of the dance team, Edward founded his school’s Gay-Straight Alliance to create a safe space for the LGBTQ community, and volunteered at a local elementary school. He is also a talented artist, earning the YES! Magazine Powerful Voice Essay award and the KIPP Krew Co-Ed Varsity Male Dancer of the Year distinction. Edward is passionate about using business as a force for good in low-income communities, and he plans to study business and marketing in college to further that interest.

Vanessa Alvarez Reyes, KIPP Bay Area
Vanessa Alvarez Reyes
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Vanessa Alvarez Reyes, KIPP Bay Area

Vanessa Alvarez Reyes

University of California, Davis

KIPP Bay Area Public Schools Alumna

Vanessa is an alumna of KIPP San Jose Collegiate. During her time in high school, Vanessa regularly translated for students and volunteered at her local library to encourage teen literacy. She also joined the dance and volleyball teams, participated in the yearbook, and served as president of the Hoodie Club. An aspiring engineer, Vanessa is passionate about amplifying her voice with the hope that more women will break through gender barriers in STEM.

Destiny Romaine, KIPP NYC
Destiny Romaine
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Destiny Romaine, KIPP NYC

Destiny Romaine

Franklin & Marshall College

KIPP NYC Public Schools Alumna

Destiny is a KIPP NYC College Prep alumna and an incoming freshman at Franklin & Marshall College. During her time in high school, she danced at the Applause Arts Foundation and acted in spring musicals. Destiny also participated in a pre-college psychology course at University of Notre Dame, where she realized her passion for working with children who have experienced trauma. In college, she plans to study developmental psychology and one day earn her master’s degree in psychology to become a certified child therapist.

Deanrea Sykes, KIPP Tulsa
Deanrea Sykes
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Deanrea Sykes, KIPP Tulsa

Deanrea Sykes

Howard University

KIPP Tulsa Alumnus

Deanrea is an alumnus of Washington High School in Tulsa and is an incoming freshman at Howard University. An aspiring civil rights attorney, Deanrea is committed to learning about African American history and socio-economic disparities, with the hope of eventually achieving justice for people of color in the courtroom. He plans to major in African American History and double minor in Pre-Law and Social Justice at Howard University. During his time in high school, Deanrea served as class president, captain of the marching band, and volunteered more than 200 hours at his church and local hospital.

Alexia Umanzor, KIPP Bay Area
Alexia Umanzor
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Alexia Umanzor, KIPP Bay Area

Alexia Umanzor

University of California, Berkeley

KIPP Bay Area Public Schools Alumna

Alexia is an alumna of KIPP San Francisco College Preparatory. During her time in high school, she participated in Stanford’s Summer Math and Science Honors program, the Girls in STEM initiative at Columbia University, and her school’s robotics club. Through these activities, Alexia discovered her passion for STEM. She hopes to study computer science and electrical engineering in college, and one day help more women of color and low-income students thrive in STEM. In recognition of Alexia’s accomplishments, she was selected as the “Phoenix of the Year” at her school for exemplifying grit, joy, community, and excellence.

The Goldberg Scholars Leadership Weekend

Last summer, we gathered our first cohort of scholars from 14 regions for the Goldberg Scholars Leadership Weekend. The Scholars engaged in college readiness sessions, built relationships with each other, and connected with the Goldberg Mentors and Connectors. The energy, innovation, and aspiration among this group of scholars was truly incredible.

 

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.

How to Apply

The 2019 scholarship application period has closed. Look out for more information for our 2020 application round this fall.

Frequently Asked Questions

    • Goldberg Scholars will receive four different stipends for critical expenses outside of tuition and room & board.
      • School Support Stipend
      • Amenities Stipend
      • One-time technology stipend
      • Summer Stipend (offered Freshman – Junior year summer)
  • Graduating KIPP seniors are all welcome to apply. Last year, applicants came from all of our regions including our KIPP and non-KIPP high schools. Ideal candidates should demonstrate the qualities Dave Goldberg exemplified throughout his life and work, listed above.

  • The 2019 scholarship application period has closed. Look out for more information for our 2020 application round this fall.

  • 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. We require two references for this scholarship. References will be asked to submit a short letter.

  • The 2019 scholarship application period has closed. Look out for more information for our 2020 application round this fall.

  • If you have an other questions, feel free to email Jorge Ochoa at jochoa@kipp.org.