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.

 

Meet the 2021 Class of Goldberg Scholars

Victor Ayala Leon
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Victor Ayala Leon

University of California Irvine

KIPP Public Schools Northern California Alum 

Victor, a KIPP King Collegiate High School and KIPP Summit Academy alumnus, is headed to the University of California Irvine in the fall to study data science. On top of being a leader in the Robotics and Latinx clubs and a starter on the soccer team, Victor was generous with his time outside of school, actively volunteering at his local food bank, taught math to younger students at his local library, and tutored graduating seniors who are struggling with math. Victor is deeply committed to being a champion for Latino inclusion in STEM fields.

Thuyvi Nguyen
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Thuyvi Nguyen

University of Pennsylvania

KIPP Public Schools Northern California Alum 

Thuyvi, an alumna of KIPP San Jose Collegiate, is part of the University of Pennsylvania Class of 2025, where she hopes to pursue a career in the healthcare industry. Growing up with tutors as parents, she has always been passionate about helping others. Thuyvi hopes to increase the accessibility of health care services to low-income families and give back to the communities that strengthened and supported her. Thuyvi served as President of Acts of Random Kindness (ARK) Club, which aimed to make school a little more pleasant by conducting uplifting campaigns, activities, and projects. Thuyvi was also her school’s Vice President during her senior year, creating avenues for connection via distance learning through school-wide events.

Moises Ron-Lopez
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Moises Ron-Lopez

Carleton College

KIPP Public Schools Northern California Alum 

Moises, a graduate of KIPP San Jose Collegiate, is attending Carleton College in the fall where he hopes to delve deeper into his passions of cinema, literature, and philosophy. Moises aspire to be a journalist or lawyer, working towards a more equitable and free society. He has been in Theatre for his whole high school career, acting in and directing in various plays. Moises has also been involved in Gender Spectrum Alliance and Social Justice Group, coordinating meetings and events.

Zariah Folkes
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Zariah Folkes

Pomona College

KIPP SoCal Public Schools Alum 

Zariah, an alumna of KIPP Academy of Opportunity in South Los Angeles, plans to major in computer science and launch a career where she can combine both her passion of activism and interest in technology. During high school, she spent her days discovering her passion of activism at Changeist, a social justice oriented non-profit. At Changeist, she helped create a website that compiles resources to teach renters about their tenants’ rights, became a Peer Team leader and guided learning groups focused on environmental justice. She also founded the Racial Justice Committee, a youth led group with the purpose to uplift Black voices.

Tavon Hill
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Tavon Hill

Morehouse College

KIPP SoCal Public Schools Alum 

Tavon, a senior at Verbum Dei High School and KIPP alum, aspires to become an engineer and will study at Morehouse College starting this fall. During high school, he volunteered his time to feed the homeless and uplift his classmates as class president during remote learning. Tavon managed to maintain a 4.0 GPA all while working as an intern at an investment firm in LA all four years of high school, where he gained college-level experience in data analysis, finance, and research. His mission is to become an engineer and build machines that will reverse, stop, or slow the effects of climate change.

Elijah Pompey
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Elijah Pompey

University of Pennsylvania

KIPP Philadelphia Public Schools Alum 

Elijah is graduating from KIPP Dubois Collegiate Academy in Philadelphia and will be attending the University of Pennsylvania to pursue an education in graphic design. During high school, Elijah volunteered to file other people’s taxes through the VITA program, taught math and English to young children, and volunteered as a “Town Crier” at City Hall. Elijah was also an active member of the robotics club and student government. He wants to follow the footsteps of his father who loved to draw and passed away two years ago.

Michelle Leon
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Michelle Leon

University of Notre Dame

KIPP Texas – Austin Alum 

Michelle, a senior at KIPP Austin Collegiate, discovered her passion for computer science and robotics through a program she attended in middle school called Chick Tech. Her passion grew when she helped found and shape the Robotics Program at her school as Managing Director of the program, and as a programmer for the “Steminist” team. She is excited to pursue a degree in Computer Science at the University of Notre Dame in the fall, and use her knowledge to help underrepresented communities access resources.

Maya Maldonado
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Maya Maldonado

University of Texas at San Antonio

KIPP Texas – San Antonio Alum

Maya is a senior at KIPP University Prep High School and heading to The University of Texas at San Antonio to study nursing. Maya wants to pursue a career in nursing to help heal and care for those in need. She became a mother in June 2020 to a baby girl, and is proud of her work balancing motherhood and her studies as an IB candidate throughout high school.

Nayeli Ortiz
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Nayeli Ortiz

Lewis & Clark College

KIPP Texas – San Antonio Alum

Nayeli is a National Honor Society student at KIPP University Prep in San Antonio, Texas headed to Lewis & Clark College in the fall. She is hoping to focus her studies in the field of environmental science in order to create systems for better conservation and use of our natural resources. Her dream is to work for organizations such as the EPA or Ocean Conservancy in Washington, D.C. to help develop policies and practices that establish environmental and public health protections.

Diego Perez
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Diego Perez

University of Texas at Austin

KIPP Texas – Austin Alum 

Diego is a senior at KIPP Austin Collegiate who will be pursuing a degree in Computer Science at University of Texas at Austin to become a software developer, and eventually contribute and create open-source apps to help his community. Diego spent 300 hours creating a note taking app during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to help students and others take better notes. He is also a talented musician and an alumnus of the prestigious Berklee Aspire Summer Program where he played alongside world-class musicians and now pays it forward by tutoring others.

JaMya Bradley
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JaMya Bradley

North Carolina A&T State University

KIPP DC Public Schools Alum

JaMya is a graduate of KIPP DC: College Preparatory, and is heading to North Carolina A&T State University in the fall. JaMya has a deep passion for accounting and finance, and hopes to teach younger individuals so they can be better prepared to handle their finances. During high school, JaMya served as President of the Black Panther Organization, a Leader Cohort Member of the National Honor Society and the Founder of KCP’s Renaissance Models. She has accomplished all this while attending dual enrollment classes at Trinity Washington and University District of Columbia, and holding a place on the principal’s honor roll all four years.

Bhenzel Cadet
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Bhenzel Cadet

Bucknell University

KIPP Massachusetts Public Charter Schools Alum

Bhenzel, is a senior at KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate, headed to Bucknell University to pursue his entrepreneurial interests and aspires to major in business and marketing. He excels as a student, peer mentor, football captain, part-time employee (20 hours/week), and entrepreneur (he runs his own shoe business). As a teacher’s assistant, Bhenzel cares deeply about pulling up those around him and frequently volunteers to teach peers struggling to grasp math concepts.

Indy Rodriguez
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Indy Rodriguez

Centre College

KIPP Massachusetts Public Charter Schools Alum 

Indy, also a senior at KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate, intends to major in neuroscience and hopes to diminish the disparities in the medical field for people of color. Indy is co-captain of Varsity Cross Country, a mentor at Girls Inc. and The Chica Project, and a volunteer at her local senior center. In addition to excelling in her schoolwork, Indy received the Certificate for Environmental Activism from the city for her work with The Food Project, where she harvests and grows produce to distribute to people who lack access to healthy, affordable food.

Atta Diop
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Atta Diop

Ohio State University

KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools Alum 

Atta will graduate KIPP Atlanta Collegiate among the top 5% performing students in her class, while also serving as president of National Honor Society, a director of operations for the Student Advocacy Association, co-captain of the girl’s Varsity Basketball team, and a active member of both Math and English honor societies. She plans to major in Biological Sciences at Ohio State University to become a trauma surgeon, and has already represented Georgia at the National Congress of Future Physicians.

Alijah Hunter
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Alijah Hunter

Lycoming College

KIPP St. Louis Public Schools Alum 

Alijah is an alumna of KIPP St. Louis High School and a first-generation college student who hopes to pursue a career in engineering or computer science. She is passionate about music, and an accomplished flutist after four years with the KIPP St. Louis High School band. Alijah has participated in the Boeing Explorer Program for the past two years, and is passionate about showing the world that women of color belong in male-dominated fields like engineering.

Humberto Franco Sanchez
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Humberto Franco Sanchez

Dartmouth College

KIPP Nashville Alum 

Humberto is graduating from KIPP Nashville Collegiate High School and headed to Dartmouth College to pursue studies in computer science. Humberto’s dream is to communicate information free of bias, and use data to enact better policies. He overcame early language obstacles to become one of the top mathematicians in his school, leading the Math Club and tutoring younger students in the school. He has also been involved in community work through a fellowship with Workers Dignity. In his senior year, he balanced working in construction and hospitality to help his family though the pandemic while still excelling in school.

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

The 2022 application cycle will open October 1, 2021 and close February 11, 2022 at 11:59pm PST.

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.

 

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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 is 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 Courtney Duncan at CDuncan@kipp.org.