Rollins Junior Awarded Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

Rollins Junior Receives Goldwater Scholarship

Justin Wright, a Rollins College junior double-majoring in chemistry and biochemistry, Justin Wrighthas been named as a 2010 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar.

Wright is one of 278 Goldwater Scholars selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,111 mathematics, science, and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities from across the United States. 

Among a list of his outstanding accomplishments and activities, Wright is a Dean’s Scholar, serves as treasurer of the Rollins student chapter of the American Chemical Society, is a peer-tutor in the Thomas P. Johnson Student Resource Center (TJ’s) and is founder of the College Academic Bowl. As a TJ’s tutor, Wright mentors other students in all areas of chemistry in effort to be better prepared for future work as a graduate teaching assistant. After graduating from Rollins, Wright plans to earn a Ph.D. in genetics or organic chemistry, conduct RNA research, and eventually teach at the university level.

“Justin distinguishes himself from all other students I have ever encountered through his academic success, his problem solving skills, his tenacious eagerness to learn, his research experience, and his personality, said Associate Professor of Chemistry, Darren Stoub.  “By any measure, Justin is an extraordinary student who is worthy of receiving the Goldwater Scholarship.”

On learning he was awarded a Goldwater, Wright said he was ecstatic. “Receiving a Goldwater is the culmination of my college experience.” He added, “The undergraduate opportunities I’ve experienced at Rollins have definitely been instrumental in my receiving this award.” He went on, “being awarded a Goldwater will help me tremendously when I apply to graduate programs.”

The Goldwater Scholarship will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500. Wright will receive the scholarship funds for the one year remaining of his undergraduate studies.

In the last seven years Rollins has had a remarkable number of five Goldwater Scholarships awarded to students: two in 2003; one in 2005; one in 2008; and now one in 2010. To be eligible for Goldwater selection, a student-scholar must be nominated by the College.

Rollins students interested in the Goldwater program or other competitive external scholarships and fellowships should contact Jay Shivamoggi, Ph.D., at or ext. 2346.

The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency that was established by Public Law 99-661 in 1986. The Scholarship program honoring Senator Barry M. Goldwater was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. For more information about the foundation, click here.