Scholar Press Release

March 2015


Mrs. Peggy Goldwater Clay, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, announced today that the Trustees awarded 260 scholarships for the 2015–2016 academic year to undergraduate sophomores and juniors from the United States.

The Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,206 mathematics, science, and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. One hundred forty-five of the Scholars are men, 115 are women, and virtually all intend to obtain a Ph.D. as their degree objective. Thirty-four Scholars are mathematics majors, 154 are science and related majors, 68 are majoring in engineering, and 4 are computer science majors. Many of the Scholars have dual majors in a variety of mathematics, science, engineering, and computer disciplines.

The one and two year scholarships will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.

Goldwater Scholars have very impressive academic qualifications that have garnered the attention of prestigious post-graduate fellowship programs. Recent Goldwater Scholars have been awarded 86 Rhodes Scholarships, 123 Marshall Awards, 123 Churchill Scholarships, and numerous other distinguished fellowships such as the National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships.

The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency established by Public Law 99-661 on November 14, 1986. The Scholarship Program honoring Senator Barry Goldwater was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields.

Since its first award in 1989, the Foundation has bestowed 7,428 scholarships worth approximately 48 million dollars. The Trustees plan to award about two hundred scholarships for the 2016–2017 academic year.

For further information, contact Lucy S. Decher at 703/756-6012

Officers and Trustees

Mrs. Peggy Goldwater Clay

Hon. Arne Duncan (Ex Officio)
Hon. John McCain
Dr. Stewart DeSoto
Dr. Marcos Edward Galindo
Mr. Charles R. Korsmo
Dr. Laurie A. Nichols
Ms. Maria E. Rengifo-Ruess
Dr. John H. Yopp
Dr. W. Franklin Gilmore

Mr. Jeffrey H. Smith, Esq.
General Counsel
Ms. Lucy S. Decher
Executive Administrator

Col. Gerald J. Smith
USAF (Ret.)
President Emeritus

Barry Goldwater Scholarship
and Excellence In Education Foundation

6225 Brandon Avenue, Suite 315
Springfield, VA 22150-2519
Phone: 703/756-6012
Fax: 703/756-6015