Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg found a way to share the generous spirit of her late husband, former SurveyMonkey CEO Dave Goldberg, on what would have been his 50th birthday.
The Facebook COO announced in a post today that the Sheryl Sandberg and Dave Goldberg Family Foundation will partner with KIPP schools, a non-profit network of public charter schools, to offer scholarships that will “empower a new generation of diverse leaders.”
Sandberg explained that many KIPP students from disadvantaged backgrounds who receive scholarships to attend college end up struggling through their years in higher education because they do not have the financial cushion necessary to take care of their basic needs and support their families.
“It’s heartbreaking that a young person could work so hard for so long and still have to kiss their dreams of college goodbye because their family is struggling to cover the rent or pay the electric bill,” Sandberg wrote. “But that’s the situation facing too many families.”
The Facebook executive said that her late husband, who was “one of the most generous people [she had] ever known,” would have wanted to fix this problem.
The Dave Goldberg Scholarship Program will work with KIPP to select 15 “Goldie Scholars” each year who share Dave’s qualities of leadership, resilience, character, independent thinking, and entrepreneurial spirit and achievement. These scholars will receive stipends so they can focus on their education rather than worry about financial needs.
They also will be connected with mentors to provide them with advice and guidance, “the kind Dave was famous for giving,” and the “Goldie Connectors network” to help them in their professional pursuits.
Richard Barth, KIPP’s CEO and a friend of Goldberg’s from Harvard University, announced the scholarship and remembered his “incredible supporter and friend” on Twitter.
Today would’ve been Dave Goldberg’s 50th birthday. And what better way to remember an incredible supporter & friend. https://t.co/ESZf05Zc8W
— Richard Barth (@BarthRichard) October 2, 2017
Sandberg has spoken openly about her grieving process. In today’s post, she wrote about “co-destiny,” which is “the idea that when you do good in the name of someone you’ve loved and lost, it extends their life.”
The Facebook COO says the students who benefit from the scholarship will “go on to change their communities and do a whole lot of good,” adding to her late husband’s legacy.