20 days ago
Four years ago today, we lost my husband Dave. Every day, we miss him deeply. And we constantly look for ways to lift up the causes he cared about and do the good he would be doing if he were still with us.
It’s in that spirit that I’m thrilled to announce the second class of Goldberg Scholars – 15 high school seniors ready to take the world by storm.
We launched this program on what would have been Dave’s 50th birthday nearly two years ago. Dave was a generous mentor, a huge believer in education, and the center of a big-hearted community that always showed up for each other. To continue his legacy, his mother Paula, brother Rob and I created something Dave would have loved: a scholarship and mentorship program for talented young people eager to make their mark at college and beyond.
The Goldie Scholars come from KIPP schools nationwide because Dave was a big fan of KIPP. They all have a mentor from among Dave’s friends and family – once again, Dave’s community is showing up. And they all share Dave’s best qualities: leadership, resilience, achievement, generosity, kindness, independent thinking, and entrepreneurial spirit.
The Year 1 Goldie Scholars are wrapping up their first years at college. Miguel Reyna at Vanderbilt says his mentor “has already helped me so much – giving me advice on college life, feedback on papers, and even helping me secure a summer internship.” Jannina Martinez at Duke says that after the scholars’ Leadership Weekend, “I saw a huge world of possibilities, a large network of support to back me up, and I finally became comfortable in being vulnerable enough to expand my previous limitations.”
Now we’re on to Year 2, with 15 new scholars joining us. I’m so excited to get to know them. And I’m grateful to the mentors, connectors, KIPP leaders, and the scholars themselves for making this program strong.
I learned from losing Dave that even when people we love are gone, we can keep their legacies alive through the work we do in their name. That’s how we extend their lives and impact. I – and everyone who loved Dave – miss him with all our hearts. Knowing that his memory can help improve other’s lives means the world to us.