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Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Program

What is it?

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Program was authorized in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater.  The program pays tribute to Senator Goldwater's leadership, courage and vision and is used to foster and encourage excellence in science and mathematics.  The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields.

Who is eligible?

Nominees for Goldwater Scholarships must indicate an interest in a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering and must include in their online application how their educational plans will prepare them for their chosen career.  Applicants must be of sophomore or junior ranking in the year in which they apply, meaning they plan two more years (sophomore) or one more year (junior) of full time undergraduate study after the year of applying.  Students must also hold a GPA of at least a "B" and rank in the upper fourth of his/her class.  Finally, applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

What are my chances?

Out of the recommended candidates up to 300 Barry M. Goldwater Scholars will be selected based on outstanding academic performance and demonstration of potential and a commitment to a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.  The number of scholarships to be awarded per state will depend on the number and qualifications of the nominees from the 53 jurisdictions.

How do I apply?

All candidates must receive nomination from his/her university or college and then fill out an online application from the program's website (link located at the top of this page).  The online application consists of three parts: the institution's nomination, the nominee application, and three recommendations.  The recommendation section will ask the applicant to list three recommenders and their email addresses and the system will generate an email to each recommender giving them instructions on completing their online recommendation.

To learn more about the proper procedures and how to receive nomination visit your fellowship advisor Dr. Susan Weiner (E-Mail)