Barry Goldwater Scholarship

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship was authorized by the United States Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater who served his country for fifty-six years as a soldier and statesman, including thirty years of service in the US Senate. The Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation aims to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields.

The Foundation will award approximately 300 undergraduate scholarships to outstanding students in the spring for use during the following academic years. The awards will be made on the basis of merit to two groups of students – rising juniors and rising seniors. Each scholarship covers expenses for undergraduate tuition, books, fees, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually. Rising juniors are eligible for a maximum of two years of scholarly support, and rising seniors are eligible for a maximum of one year of scholarship support.


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

  • be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior during the academic year in which they apply;
  • have a college grade-point average of at least a B (or the equivalent) and be in the upper fourth of his or her class;
  • be a U.S. citizen, a resident alien, or, in the case of nominees from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands, a U.S. national. Applications from resident aliens must include a letter of the nominee's intent to obtain U.S. citizenship and a photocopy of the Alien Registration Card.


Applications are submitted online through the Office of Distinguished Fellowships. Applications must include:

  • Nominee application
  • Institutional nomination
  • Personal essay
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • College transcripts

In awarding scholarships, the Foundation will consider the nominee's field of study and career objectives and the extent to which that individual has the commitment and potential to make a significant contribution to his or her field. It is expected that students selected as scholars will pursue advanced degrees.


The Office of Distinguished Fellowships will review all applications and nominate up to four candidates for consideration by the Goldwater Foundation. Application materials are due in the Office of Distinguished Fellowships by January 15, 2019. Institution's designated Goldwater Faculty Representative must electronically submit their completed online application(s) for the Goldwater Scholarship by January 25, 2019, 5:00 p.m. central time. Faculty representatives may establish an internal deadline prior to January 28 for all students to have their application completed.


Arthur D. Casciato, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Distinguished Fellowships
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey