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Goldwater Scholarship

Learn more about the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program, including eligibility requirements and application guidelines.

About the Goldwater Scholarship

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship Program was created to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering and to foster excellence in those fields. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually.

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Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for nomination as a Goldwater Scholar, a student must:

  • Be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher education.
  • Have a college grade-point average of at least "B" (or the equivalent) and be in the upper fourth of his or her class.
  • Be a United States citizen, a permanent resident, or, in the case of nominees from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands, a United States national. Nominations from permanent residents must include a letter of the nominee's intent to obtain U.S. citizenship and a photocopy of the Permanent Resident Card (formerly known as the Alien Registration Card).

All candidates for scholarships are nominated by their college or university. The Foundation will not solicit or accept applications directly from candidates but will advise applicants as to the appropriate procedures.

Application Guidelines

The Online Application will consist of the following:

Institution Nomination (FacRep): Verifies the nominee's eligibility and academic status, and formally transmits the nomination to the review committee. The Institution Nomination online survey must be completed and submitted online with the nominee's application by the appointed Goldwater Faculty Representative of the nominee's institution. If this form is not submitted online, the student's application will not be considered.

Nominee Application (Student): Affirms the nominee's wish to be considered for the scholarship; provides biographical information about the nominee's background, interests, and plans; and provides a statement that describes the nominee's intent to enter an appropriate career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering and specifies how the student's educational plans will provide preparation for that career.

Recommendations (3): Student lists three recommenders and their email address in their application. The system will then generate an email to each recommender giving them instructions on completing their online recommendation. The recommendations should be from a faculty member who can discuss the nominee's potential for a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering; a faculty member in the nominee's field of study; and another individual/faculty member who can attest to the nominee's potential.

Supporting Documents

  • Nominee essay—written by the student and relates to the student's chosen career.
  • Transcript from nominee's current institution, including fall semester if available.
  • Transcript(s) from other institutions, that nominee attended with grades for courses taken.
  • Copy of the nominee's Permanent Resident card and letter of intent to become U.S. citizen, if nominee's citizenship status is permanent resident.