Goldman Sachs Gives-Duet Family Scholarship Fund at Marist College Expands with Major New Gift

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Gift will provide three new full, four-year scholarships to promising computer science/ITS students from underrepresented populations.

Don Duet has grown the Goldman Sachs-Duet Family Technology Scholarship Fund at Marist College through Goldman Sachs Gives

Don Duet (Marist College ’88), co-head of Technology at Goldman Sachs

I am confident that by helping more students, this additional support will further strengthen Marist and, ultimately, the technology profession of which I am proud to be a part.

The Goldman Sachs-Duet Family Technology Scholarship Fund at Marist College will provide three more outstanding students from underrepresented populations with full, four-year scholarships to study Computer Science or Information Technology and Systems thanks to a new $354,000 gift.

The gift was made through Goldman Sachs Gives, the global investment firm’s donor-advised fund, at the recommendation of Don Duet, Marist ‘88 and co-head of the Technology Division at Goldman Sachs.

The three new Goldman Sachs-Duet Family Technology scholars – incoming members of the Class of 2019 – will join the three inaugural scholars from the Class of 2018. Those scholars were the first beneficiaries of the fund when it was established in 2013 with a gift of $336,000 from Goldman Sachs Gives, similarly directed by Duet. In addition to the full scholarships, the program provides its students with opportunities for mentoring by Goldman Sachs technology executives as well as for summer employment with the firm.

“When we established this scholarship fund through Goldman Sachs Gives two years ago, my hope was that it would attract to Marist a more diverse group of talented students to study computer science and information technology and systems,” Duet said. “I am pleased to see that has happened, and I am confident that by helping more students, this additional support will further strengthen Marist and, ultimately, the technology profession of which I am proud to be a part.”

The popularity of the program is helping to drive interest and enrollment in the School of Computer Science & Mathematics. The Goldman Sachs-Duet Family Technology Scholarship Fund follows the structure and mission of the National Science Foundation Technology Scholarships at Marist. Since the launch of these two highly-competitive programs, applications to the School of Computer Science & Mathematics have increased 80 percent, and enrollment has increased 60 percent.

“The Goldman Sachs-Duet Family Technology Scholarship, along with a similarly targeted National Science Foundation Scholarship, has had a significant effect on Marist College,” said School of Computer Science & Mathematics Dean Roger Norton. “Applications and enrollments have increased significantly, and the College has been able to attract a diverse group of bright students to our computer science and information technology programs. Many of these students would not have been able to attend college without this financial support.”

Marist is a long-time higher education leader in using technology to support teaching, learning, scholarship, and institutional effectiveness. The College’s advanced technology infrastructure is at the level of sophistication of those typically found only at advanced research institutions. Marist established the New York State Cloud Computing and Analytics Center with the help of a $3 million state grant.

About Marist College – Located on the river in the historic Hudson River Valley and at its Florence, Italy branch campus, Marist College is a comprehensive, independent institution grounded in the liberal arts. Its mission is to “help students develop the intellect, character, and skills required for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives in the global community of the 21st century.” Marist is consistently recognized for excellence by “U.S. News & World Report” (11th Best Regional University/North), “The Princeton Review” (“The Best 379 Colleges”), “Kiplinger’s Personal Finance” (“Best College Value”), and others. Though now independent, Marist remains committed to the ideals handed down from its founders, the Marist Brothers: excellence in education, a sense of community, and a commitment to service. Marist educates 4,800 traditional-age undergraduate students and more than 1,300 adult and graduate students in 44 undergraduate majors and 12 graduate programs, including fully online MBA, MPA, MS, and MA degrees.

About Goldman Sachs Gives – Goldman Sachs Gives is a donor-advised fund through which Goldman Sachs and its senior employees can recommend grants to qualified non-profit organizations globally. Established in 2007, Goldman Sachs Gives supports charities in communities around the world with a focus on benefiting underserved populations. Its grants support programs that build and stabilize communities, increase educational opportunities, honor service and veterans, and create jobs and economic growth.

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