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 students who intend to pursue careers in these fields.
Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for 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.
Four-year institutions are eligible to nominate up to four students who are in the sophomore or junior class at the time of application. To be considered, a student must be nominated by his or her college or university using the official nomination materials available to each institution on the Foundation's website.
The Foundation awards undergraduate scholarships on the basis of merit to students who have outstanding potential and intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. Students who plan to study medicine are eligible for a Goldwater Scholarship only if they plan a research career rather than a career as a medical doctor in a private practice. To be considered for nomination as a Goldwater Scholar, a student must:
All candidates for scholarships are nominated by their college or university. The Foundation will not solicit or accept applications directly from candidates but will advise applicants as to the appropriate procedures. Nominations must be submitted on the official forms provided on the Foundation's website. One original and one copy of all required documents for each nomination must be submitted by the faculty representative. Nominations must include:
Three are required. The nominee must secure letters of recommendation from a faculty member who can discuss the nominee's potential for a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering; a faculty member in the nominee's field of study; and another individual/faculty member who can attest to the nominee's potential.
Davidson campus deadline is Oct. 1. Goldwater deadline is Feb. 1.
2010 - Matt DiNiear, Erin Feeney
2009 - Natasha Meyer, Pallavi Penumetcha
2008 - Sarah Rhodes
2007 - Kelli Carrol, Adam Topaz
2006 - Emma Garren, James Sanchez
2005 - Barratt Park
2003 - Sarah Robison
2001 - Stephanie Corchesne
2000 - James Herbert