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

$50,000 grant received from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

The Goldwater Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce the first National Goldwater Summit. Thanks to a generous $50,000 grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, approximately 50 Goldwater award recipients (Scholars and Honorable Mentions) will be able to participate in the Summit. The Summit is being held in conjunction with NCUR 2020 at Montana State University from March 26-28, 2020.

The Summit’s primary objective is to continue to build a community among those undergraduates who have been recognized by the Goldwater Foundation as this nation’s next generation of leaders in science, engineering and mathematics. This community was first brought together virtually via Slack and now physically at the Summit. Participants will have the opportunity to plan the future of the Goldwater Scholar Community while building a support network of Goldwater students from across the nation. Summit activities, which include planning sessions, receptions and dinners, are being scheduled to allow participants to take full advantage of the NCUR 2020 conference.

Goldwater Scholars interested in participating in the Goldwater Summit who are not already presenting at the conference should contact Dr. John Mateja, President of the Goldwater Scholarship Foundation at by February 3, 2020.

Important Dates

FIRST TUESDAY IN SEPTEMBER: Online Application Opens
EARLY SEPTEMBER TO LATE JANUARY: Individual internal campus deadlines
LAST FRIDAY IN JANUARY: Nomination deadline (5:00 PM CT)
LATE FEBRUARY: Nomination packets reviewed
MID-MARCH: Board of Trustees vote on Scholars/Honorable Mentions
LAST FRIDAY IN MARCH: Scholars/Honorable Mentions Announced (11:00 AM Central Time)

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