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

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)