Goldman Sachs-Duet Family Technology Scholarship Fund
Established at Marist
Don Duet ’88, Goldman Sachs’ global chief operating officer of the Technology Division
Marist College has received a significant gift from Goldman Sachs Gives to fund full, four-year scholarships for three outstanding members of the Class of 2018 to study computer science or information technology and systems.
The $336,000 gift from the global investment firm’s donor-advised fund was made at the recommendation of Don Duet ’88, Goldman Sachs’ global chief operating officer of the Technology Division. It will be used to establish the Goldman Sachs-Duet Family Technology Scholarship Fund at Marist College. In addition to scholarship funds, students will be mentored by Goldman Sachs technology executives and have opportunities for summer employment with the firm.
“Marist provided me with a top-quality education that has served me well in life and, in particular, my career,” Duet says. “This gift from Goldman Sachs Gives will give students from underrepresented groups who have financial need access to the same education and experiences that have served me so well.”
“From my vantage point at Goldman Sachs, I see an ever-greater need for graduates in STEM majors (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) who have a deep understanding of these complex fields,” Duet says. “My hope is that these scholarships will support just that kind of higher learning.”
In recent months, Duet has lectured at Marist’s Raymond A. Rich Institute for Leadership Development on “Leadership in Technology” and addressed an overflow crowd of students on campus about the future of cloud computing.
“We are very grateful to Goldman Sachs Gives and to Don for this gift and for his involvement with Marist,” says President Dennis J. Murray. “Marist places great importance on preparing students with the professional and leadership skills needed to succeed personally and professionally.
“This gift will open a world of educational opportunities to students who would not otherwise be able to afford a Marist education, and by increasing the diversity of our student body, it will make Marist a better institution.”
In its structure and mission, the Goldman Sachs-Duet Family Technology Scholarship Fund will be closely aligned with Marist’s current National Science Foundation-funded technology scholarships. The NSF program brought a diverse and talented cohort of 12 students from eight states to Marist in 2010 and provided them with full, four-year scholarships. In addition, these students, now in their junior year, benefit from an extensive support network of advisors and mentors and access to internship opportunities with many of the College’s Fortune 500 corporate partners.