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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, 2023

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!