In 2021, David Goldman was selected to participate in the year-long leadership program “Leadership Rhode Island.” As part of the program, David was required to create a social contract consisting of a promise to in some way give back to the Rhode Island community. Concurrently, CMBG3’s DEI committee was discussing ways that it could offer a stipend / scholarship to a high school student from a disadvantaged community that has an interest in pursuing a career in law, but who is held back from this pursuit due to the costs of doing so. David’s social contract pledge was to find a way to help someone attend college who could not otherwise do so without help, as he shared that both his grandmother and aunt were of the eras when women were not encouraged to pursue higher education and he wished to try to help high school students held back in some way from pursuing college.
On June 6, 2022, David’s social contract pledge and the firm’s pledge to carry forth it’s DEI initiative came together, and David presented a $5,000 scholarship to a high school student from Central Falls High School (RI) who wishes to pursue a career in law, but does not have the economic means to do so. Aside from economic obstacles, many of the students of Central Falls High School have dealt with numerous obstacles that they have had to try to overcome in their lives, as the high school consists of students from disadvantaged communities. The winner of the scholarship was selected after an essay contest in which she wrote about why pursuing the practice of law meant a great deal to her. David had previously visited the school on several occasions to get to know the students and talk to them about the legal field to encourage them to pursue their passion if the field of law interests them, and to explain to them the scholarship opportunity that CMBG3 was offering.
Thanks to the firm’s scholarship and the scholarship winner’s own outstanding academic record, additional scholarships from other sources, and overall drive and determination to achieve her goals, she will be able to attend Brown University in the fall of 2022 as a freshman. David was present on Awards Night at the school to present the scholarship to the Central Falls student.
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