Goldwater Scholarship

Website: www.act.org/goldwater

Description: The Barry 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 students who intend to pursue careers in these fields.

Eligibility:

To be considered for nomination as a Goldwater Scholar, a student must:

  • Be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher education during the 2013–2014 academic year, and intend to pursue research careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.
  • “Sophomore” is defined as a student who plans two more years of full-time undergraduate study beginning September 2014.
  • Sophomore nominees can expect to receive a maximum of two years of support.
  • Students in two-year colleges who plan to transfer to a baccalaureate program at another institution may be nominated.
  • “Junior” is defined as a student who plans one more year of full-time undergraduate study beginning September 2014.
  • Junior nominees can expect to receive a maximum of one year of support.
  • 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 United States citizen, a permanent resident, or, in the case of nominees from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands, a United States national.
  • Nominations from permanent residents must include a letter of the nominee’s intent to obtain U.S. citizenship and a photocopy of the Permanent Resident Card (formerly known as the Alien Registration Card).

Recommendations:

Initial Evaluation

  • An independent review committee appointed by the Foundation will evaluate all valid nominations and recommend the most outstanding nominees from each state for consideration by the Foundation Board of Trustees.
  • Nominees are evaluated on:
  • Demonstrated potential for and commitment to a research career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.
  • Outstanding academic performance.

Final Selection

  • From among the candidates recommended by the independent review committee, the Board of Trustees will name up to 300 Barry Goldwater Scholars.
  • The number of scholarships to be awarded per state will depend on the number and qualifications of the nominees from the 53 jurisdictions.

Contact Information: Tel.: (319) 341-2333

Internal Campus Deadline: 12/2/2013

On-campus interviews: 11/3/2014-11/7/2014

Final (external) Submission Deadline: 1/31/2014 5:00 p.m. CST

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