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Goldwater Scholarships


For outstanding sophomores or juniors who have a career interest in mathematics, natural sciences, or engineering. Over 400 scholarships were distributed in 2021. The Goldwater provides for undergraduate college expenses up to $7,500 annually. Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and demonstrated background in scientific research.

Selection Criteria

  • U.S. citizenship is required.
  • Open to sophomores and juniors ONLY.
  • Minimum grade point average equivalent to a "B."

Internal Deadline

December 11, 2022, 11:59 pm ET

How to Apply

Visit the Goldwater web site below to register and obtain access to an application. (The online application opens in early fall.) The application includes:

  • Short answer questions on future academic and professional goals.
  • Research essay.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendations. The recommendations should be 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.


Selection Process

  • The Fellowships and Prizes Committee reviews all applications.
  • All candidates are interviewed by the Committee.
  • Based on application materials, interviews, and recommendations, the Committee selects four nominees. The nominees will have an opportunity to revise their essays prior to Goldwater's national deadline of late January.
  • Final selections are made in early spring.

Congratulations to Jacob Springer '22, 2020 Goldwater Scholar; and

Jordan Ando '22 and Sarah Weinshel '22 , 2021 Goldwater Scholars!