Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was authorized by the United States Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate. The creation of this program pays tribute to the leadership, courage, and vision of Senator Goldwater and establishes in his name an endowed recognition program to foster and encourage excellence in science and mathematics.
The purpose of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, as stated in the enabling legislation, is to alleviate a critical current and future shortage of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. A more realistic statement of the purpose, in today's terms, is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified individuals to those fields of academic study and research.
The Foundation is supported by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Fund, which has been established in the Treasury of the United States. Funding for awards and administrative expenses derives from interest on the Trust Fund, invested in U.S. securities.
Program Structure/Award Amounts
The Foundation will award undergraduate scholarships to outstanding students, to be known as Barry Goldwater Scholars, in the spring of 2014 for use during the 2014–2015 academic year. The awards will be made on the basis of merit to two groups of students—those who will be college juniors and those who will be college seniors in the 2014–2015 academic year—who have outstanding potential and intend to pursue research careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. Four-year institutions are eligible to nominate up to four students who are in the sophomore or junior class during the 2013–2014 academic year. Two-year institutions may nominate up to two students who are sophomores during the 2013–2014 academic year. To be considered, a student must be nominated by his or her college or university using the official online nomination process on the Foundation's website. The Goldwater Scholarship is an honor bestowed only once. A Goldwater Scholarship is valid only for the terms stipulated as eligible above, regardless of circumstances.
Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually. Scholarship monies not used during one academic year are not transferable to the succeeding academic year. 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. Scholars may opt to study abroad, but their Goldwater funding will be based on their U.S. institution's budget. Scholars must consult with the Foundation prior to signing up for an overseas program, as there may be some costs associated with being overseas that are prohibited from being covered by this scholarship.
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).
Successful Goldwater candidates usually meet most or all of the following selection criteria:
- Outstanding academic work, reflected in a top-notch GPA and backed by superlative letters of recommendation.
- A demonstrated interest in a research career.
- Intensive scientific research experience, usually more than one summer's worth. Many candidates have one experience on-campus and one off-campus.
- A desire to complete a terminal degree within their chosen academic field, almost always a Ph.D.
To be considered for PSU's four nominations for this scholarship, please submit ONE COPY of the following materials to Advising & Career Services, University Services Building by 5:00pm on January 10, 2014.
- A completed application form, which may be completed online via the Goldwater Scholarship website and then printed.
- An essay describing your research plans, as detailed in the application form.
- Three letters of recommendation, which may be submitted online or directly in hard-copy form to ACS.
- An unofficial transcript from Portland State.
- Any transcript(s) from other institutions that the applicant attended with grades for courses taken.
- A completed Scholarship Nomination Permission Form and Waiver.
Please ensure that all materials for the on-campus nomination process conform to these submission guidelines.
Scholarship candidates are encouraged to read and follow this Goldwater application advice.
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