Board of Trustees and Foundation Statement on the Passing of Senator John McCain
We were all saddened over the weekend to learn of the passing of Senator John McCain. Senator McCain was a valued member of the Board of Trustees of the Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation for more years than any of us can remember. While he loomed large in the public arena debating major policy positions, he also worked quietly behind the scenes championing and supporting programs that he believed were important to the Nation. The Goldwater scholarship program, which supports the next generation of research leaders in the sciences, engineering and mathematics, was one of these programs.
Our condolences go out to the McCain family in this difficult time. They should take comfort in knowing that time-and-again we heard Senator McCain say he had had an amazing life. At the center of that life was a wonderful, supportive family that he valued above all else.
With our deepest sympathies,
Peggy Goldwater-Clay John Mateja
Chair, Board of Trustees President
Goldwater Scholarship Foundation Goldwater Scholarship Foundation
The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation
The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation was established by Congress in 1986 to serve as a living memorial to honor the lifetime work of Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years in the U.S. Senate. Read more
By providing scholarships to college sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering, the Goldwater Foundation is helping ensure that the U.S. is producing the number of highly-qualified professionals the Nation needs in these critical fields. Over its 30-year history, Goldwater Scholarships have been awarded to thousands of undergraduates, many of whom have gone on to win other prestigious awards like the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Fellowship, Rhodes Scholarship, Churchill Scholarship and the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship that support our Scholars’ graduate school work. Today, Goldwater alumni can be found conducting research that is helping defend the Nation, finding cures for catastrophic diseases and teaching future generations of scientists, mathematicians and engineers.