Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship & Excellence in Education Program

  • Deadline: 01/27/2023
  • Renewable: Unknown
  • Number of Awards: 250
  • Award Amount: $15,000
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  • Phone: 507-931-8335
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  • Address: 6225 Brandon Ave. Suite 315 Springfield , VA 22150

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation was established by Congress in 1986 to honor the lifetime work of Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship & Excellence in Education Program has the main purpose to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students whose plans are to pursue research careers in these fields, but who struggle with financial difficulties.

Full Description

The scholarship money can be used for expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board.

Junior-level scholarship recipients are eligible for a maximum of two years of scholarship support, and senior-level scholarship recipients are eligible for a maximum of one year of scholarship support.

Who's eligible?

To be considered eligible for a Goldwater Scholarship, a student must meet the following criteria:

He/she must be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited 2- or 4-year institution of higher education.

The applicant must intend to pursue a research career in natural science, mathematics or engineering and have a college grade point average of at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.

He/she must be a U.S. citizen from the 50 states or the District of Columbia; a U.S. national for those students nominated by institutions in Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; or a permanent resident.

A permanent resident nominated for the scholarship must include a letter stating his/her intent to become a U.S. citizen as well as a photocopy of the nominee’s Permanent Resident Card, also known as the Alien Registration Card or Green Card.

How to Apply

The application process starts on the first Tuesday in September, while the scholars are announced on the last Friday in March.

The applicant is required to submit all nomination materials – Student Questionnaire, Research Essay, three Letters of Recommendation, Transcript(s), Institutional Nomination Form and a copy of the student’s Permanent Resident Card and Letter of Intent to become a U.S. Citizen.

All these must be uploaded to the Goldwater online nomination site by the last Friday in January.

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