The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue careers in these fields.
A strong candidate will have had the opportunity to participate in research, either at her institution, in local industry, or in a national research facility. Students who have not participated in formal research can demonstrate intellectual curiosity through independent investigation of a theory or issue related to their fields of interest. Abilities and potential are also shown through meeting significant responsibilities, involvement in science-related organizations, and accomplishments outside the classroom.
Be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher education during the academic year in which he or she applies. “Sophomore” is defined as a student who plans two more years of full-time undergraduate study beginning September after application. “Junior” is defined as a student who plans one more year of full-time undergraduate study beginning September after application;
Have a college grade point average of at least “B” (or the equivalent) and be in the upper fourth of his or her class;
Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or U.S. national.
Sophomore nominees will receive $7,500 annually for two years.
Junior nominees will receive $7,500.
Sophomore nominees can expect to receive a maximum of two years of support.
Junior nominees can expect to receive a maximum of one year of support.