Dorie S. Goldman and Ronald M. Pearlstein Establish Endowments with CAC Foundation

By Angela Askey, Executive Director Public Relations and Marketing

Dorie S. Goldman and Ronald M. Pearlstein recently donated a gift of property to the Central Arizona College Foundation to establish three endowments – the Gold-Pearl Literary Arts and Languages Division Fund, Gold-Pearl Transfer Scholarship and Gold-Pearl Undergraduate Academic Scholarship.

The Gold-Pearl Literary Arts and Languages Division fund will provide up to $15,000 annually to support programs and initiatives, humanities related extra-curricular activities, and faculty development directly related to the Literary Arts and Languages academic division at CAC.

Through the Gold-Pearl Transfer Scholarship, $5,000 each year will be awarded to a selected CAC graduate who will be transferring to Northern Arizona University (NAU), University of Arizona (UA), or Arizona State University (ASU). Graduates must plan to pursue a degree in the humanities or the social/behavioral sciences. To be considered for this scholarship, applicants must be enrolled in their final semester at CAC and on track to graduate from CAC with an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or Associate of Applied Science degree that is transferable to NAU, UA or ASU. They must have completed at least 60 hours of coursework at CAC and maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA. Additionally, proof of acceptance in the specific university and course­work is required and the applicant must submit a degree plan mapping out tentative plans that show progress towards a baccalaureate degree. Two letters of recommendation, with at least one being from a CAC faculty member must be submitted with the application.

The Gold-Pearl Undergraduate Academic Scholarship fund will support students who are members of underrepresented ethnic groups, first generation students or foster youth. They must have declared a major in the Communications & English pathways or the Social and Behavioral/Sciences pathways. A total of $5,000 will be awarded each academic year. Applicant must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average and complete 12 credit hours at CAC. One letter of recommendation from a professor or advisor which discusses the applicant’s academic achievement, personal qualities and potential for future success is required.

Dorie Goldman stated, “My husband, Ronald, and I both strongly appreciate and value our respective educational experiences, and we are happy to be able to make a financial gift that will help CAC students achieve their educational goals, especially as I know firsthand the degree to which financial challenges impact many of CAC’s students across the district.” She added, “Although I’m no longer teaching, I’m grateful that I can still have an impact on student learning.”

Goldman was a professor at CAC from 2001-2012 and a division chair of the communications department for two years. During her tenure, she served as Honors Thesis Project advisor for a small number of students. Additionally, other service commitments at the college included serving on Faculty Senate, the Cultural Proficiency Taskforce, and Academic Review committees.

Further information and scholarship applications can be found online at