The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was authorized by the United States Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate. The creation of this program pays tribute to the leadership, courage, and vision of Senator Goldwater and establishes in his name an endowed recognition program to foster and encourage excellence in science and mathematics.
The purpose of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, as stated in the enabling legislation, is to alleviate a critical current and future shortage of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. A more realistic statement of the purpose, in today's terms, is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified individuals to those fields of academic study and research.
The Foundation is supported by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Fund, which has been established in the Treasury of the United States. Funding for awards and administrative expenses derives from interest on the Trust Fund, invested in U.S. securities and from donations to Barry Goldwater Educational Support Fund, Inc., a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation.
The Foundation will award undergraduate scholarships to outstanding students, to be known as Barry Goldwater Scholars, in the spring of 2016 for use during the 2016–2017 academic year. The awards will be made on the basis of merit to two groups of students—those who will be college juniors and those who will be college seniors in the 2016–2017 academic year—who have outstanding potential and intend to pursue research careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. Four-year institutions are eligible to nominate up to four students who are in the sophomore or junior class during the 2015–2016 academic year. Two-year institutions may nominate up to two students who are sophomores during the 2015–2016 academic year. To be considered, a student must be nominated by his or her college or university using the official online nomination process on the Foundation's website. The Goldwater Scholarship is an honor bestowed only once. A Goldwater Scholarship is valid only for the terms stipulated as eligible above, regardless of circumstances.
Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually. Scholarship monies not used during one academic year are not transferable to the succeeding academic year. Junior-level scholarship recipients are eligible for a maximum of two years (4 semesters) of scholarship support, and senior-level scholarship recipients are eligible for a maximum of one year (2 semesters) of scholarship support. Scholars may opt to study abroad, but their Goldwater funding will be based on their U.S. institution's educational expenses. Scholars must consult with the Foundation prior to signing up for an overseas program, as there may be some costs associated with being overseas that are prohibited from being covered by this scholarship.
The Trustees intend to award up to 260 Goldwater Scholarships. The number of scholarships to be awarded per state will depend on the number and qualifications of the students nominated from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and, considered as a single entity, Guam, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
The word "resident" as used in this context refers to a person who has legal residence in the state from which he or she is nominated. This status might be indicated by parents' place of residence. If that criterion of residence is not relevant, the student's legal residence will be determined by his or her eligibility for in-state tuition rates (where applicable) and place of voter registration.
The Barry Goldwater Scholarship Program was created to encourage outstanding students to pursue research careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering and to foster excellence in those fields.
In awarding scholarships, the Foundation Board of Trustees will consider the nominated student's field of study and career objectives and the extent to which that individual has the commitment and potential to make a significant contribution to his or her field.
Student's nominated for Goldwater Scholarships must include in their online application a statement of interest in a research 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.
Students who plan to study medicine are eligible for a Goldwater Scholarship only if they plan a research career rather than a career as a practicing physician with emphasis on the clinical practice of medicine and patient care.
Examples of the educational plans of some former Goldwater Scholars are listed below (this list is not inclusive):
|Undergraduate Major||Career Objectives|
|Aerospace Engineering||Advanced propulsion systems|
|Aquatic/Natural Resources Management||Aquatic biology/environmental resources|
|Applied Science||Medical research|
|Biochemistry/Microbiology||Clinical research in infectious diseases|
|Botany||Research in plant physiology|
|Chemical Engineering||Research in chemical kinetics|
|Chemistry||Research in environmental chemistry|
|Computer Science||Artificial intelligence research|
|Electrical Engineering||Solid states research|
|Engineering Physics||Research in mathematical physics|
|Entomology||Research in ecology or entomology|
|Environmental Engineering||Research in hazardous waste treatment|
|Environmental Science||Conservation ecology|
|Mathematics||Applied math in operations research|
|Mathematics||Math analysis or topology|
|Mathematics||Research in pure mathematics|
|Mathematics||Statistical population research|
|Mathematics||Research in theoretical mathematics|
|Mathematics/Computer Science||Computer applications in pure mathematical research|
|Mathematics/Physics||Research in theoretical physics|
|Mathematics/Physics||High energy physics|
|Mechanical Engineering||Development of micro and nano technologies|
|Molecular Genetics||Antiviral chemotherapy|
|Nuclear Engineering||Research in nuclear engineering|
|Physics||Alternate energy sources|
|Physics/Astronomy||Astrophysics and nonlinear dynamics|
|Quantum Mechanics||Neurological research|
To be considered for nomination as a Goldwater Scholar, a student must:
All students must be nominated by their institution-designated Goldwater Faculty Representative to advance in the competition. The Foundation will not solicit or accept applications directly from students, but will advise students as to the appropriate procedures for their application to be nominated by their school's designated Goldwater Faculty Representative.
The Foundation invites eligible accredited U.S. institutions (or branches of those institutions) to nominate students for the 2016–2017 competition. Two-year institutions may nominate up to two current sophomores. Four-year institutions may nominate up to four current sophomores or juniors.
If an institution chooses to nominate more than one student, these students may reside in the same state or district or they may be from different states or districts.
Each participating institution must appoint a faculty representative to serve as liaison between the institution and the Foundation.
The faculty representative:
The Foundation's online application will be available by September 2015. Nominations must be submitted electronically from the Foundation's website at https://goldwater.scholarsapply.org.
Online Application will consist of the following:
Required Supporting Documents (to be mailed by the receipt deadline of February 1, 2016)
Note: The Faculty Representative cannot nominate a student until the student has completed and submitted their application, and all three recommendations have been completed and submitted online.
Institution's designated Goldwater Faculty Representative must electronically submit their completed online nomination(s) for the Goldwater Scholarship by January 29, 2016, 5:00 p.m. central time. Faculty representatives may establish an internal deadline prior to January 22 for all students to have their application and recommendations completed and submitted. Nominations not electronically submitted by 5:00 p.m. central time on January 29, 2016, by the designated Goldwater Faculty Representative, will not be considered. Institutions must mail all supporting documents to the address below by the receipt deadline of February 1, 2016. Customer support will only be available from 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. central time, Monday–Friday.
An independent review committee appointed by the Goldwater Scholarship Program will evaluate all valid nominations and recommend the most outstanding nominated students from each state for consideration by the Goldwater Foundation Board of Trustees as Scholars and Honorable Mentions.
Students are evaluated on:
From among the list of Scholars recommended by the independent review committee, the Goldwater Board of Trustees will name up to 260 Barry Goldwater Scholars. The number of scholarships to be awarded per state will depend on the number and qualifications of the nominated students from the 53 jurisdictions.
To be eligible to receive payments, a Goldwater Scholar must submit in writing:
Based on the scholar's yearly costs, payment will be made to the scholar's account by electronic funds transfer. Payment will be made July 31, 2016, for payment requests received by July 8, 2016. All payment requests for the year must be received by September 2, 2016.
Payments from the Goldwater Foundation may supplement, but not duplicate, benefits from another foundation, institution, or organization. In other words, the benefits from all sources combined may not exceed the costs of tuition, fees, books, and room and board for the academic year. The scholar must notify the Goldwater Foundation promptly of any changes that occur during the year in his or her academic status or to the yearly payment request form information. NOTE: Funding will not begin until the fall term of the 2016–2017 academic year which for uniformity is indicated as September 1, 2016 by the Foundation.
It is the intent of the Foundation to support junior-level scholarships for a maximum of two academic years (4 semesters) and senior-level scholarships for a maximum of one academic year (2 semesters). Renewal for junior-level scholars will be in accordance with the regulations established by the Foundation Board of Trustees and will be subject to an annual review by an authorized official of the institution that certifies:
A scholar may seek postponement of his or her award because of ill health or other mitigating circumstances, upon application to the Foundation at:
Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation
6225 Brandon Ave., Suite 315
Springfield, VA 22150-2519
For further information concerning the scholarship nomination and selection process, contact:
Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program
One Scholarship Way
Saint Peter, MN 56082