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The Goldwater Scholarship

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship is awarded to undergraduates (sophomores and juniors) who have outstanding potential and intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering (medicine is applicable only if applicant plans a research career). 

Four year institutions are eligible to nominate up to four students who are in the sophomore or junior class using official nomination materials. Each scholarship covers expenses for tuition, fees, books, room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 annually. Junior-level scholarship recipients are eligible for a maximum of two years support and senior-level recipients for one year support. Up to 300 scholarships are awarded each year. 

To be eligible for nomination, the applicant must be nominated by science faculty, maintain at least a 3.0 grade point (3.8 recommended to be competitive) and be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. 

Nominees for the scholarship must include a statement of interest in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering, detailing how their academic program and overall education plans (graduate study) will prepare them for their career goal. In addition to the nominee's essay, three independent faculty evaluations and an official college transcript must be included. 

Nomination materials consisting of your essay, official college transcripts and the optional voluntary survey must be submitted to the Foundation by Dr. Kiino. The campus deadline for submission of these materials to Dr. Kiino is January 6.

How to Apply

  • Obtain and complete the nomination materials from the Foundation's Web Site. Applicants should seek faculty input on essays well in advance of the January 6 campus deadline. Submit materials to Dr. Kiino by January 6.  
  • Have three independent faculty evaluations submitted online. At least two of these must be from faculty who can discuss your potential for a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering and at least one must be in your field of study. The third should be from a faculty member or individual who can attest to your potential. If you have been involved in research, one of your recommendations must come from the individual who supervised your work. Note: Evaluations from former high school teachers, coaches, or family friends are discouraged.  
  • Submit official college transcripts to Dr. Kiino by January 6.