Barry Goldwater Scholarship

DEADLINE:
Applications due: Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at 11:59pm via CARAT

BRIEF DESCRIPTION:
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was authorized by the United States Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate.  The purpose of the Program is to help alleviate a critical current and future shortage of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers.

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.  

Eligibility:
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 their 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.

Benefits:
Scholarships of up to $7,500 a year are provided to help cover costs associated with tuition, mandatory fees, books, room and board. A sophomore who receives a Goldwater Scholarship will receive up to $7,500 in each of their junior and senior years. A junior who receives a Goldwater Scholarship will receive up to $7,500 in their senior year.

Selection Criteria:
In awarding scholarships, the Foundation Board of Trustees will consider the nominee’s field of study and career objectives and the extent to which that individual has the potential to make a significant contribution to their field. Applicants are evaluated on their academic achievements, and their demonstrated commitment to a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.

Nominees for Goldwater Scholarships must include in their online application a statement of interest in a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering, detailing how their academic program and their overall educational plans will prepare them for their chosen career goal.  It is expected that students selected as scholars will pursue advanced degrees.  
 

  • Applications due: Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at 11:59pm
  • Selection Committee meeting: early to mid-December
  • National deadline: Friday, January 27, 2023 at 5:00pm CT (receipt)

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