The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program
Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation will award up to $7500/year to undergraduate science and mathematics students for their last one to two years of undergraduate study. There are awards in two categories: two-year scholarships to those who will be juniors, and one-year scholarships to those who will be seniors. Applicants must be planning a career in science or mathematics, have at least a B average, and be a US citizen, resident alien, or US national. The application process has two steps. First, there will be an internal review process, after which up to 4 students will be officially nominated for the scholarship. Second, the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation will select approximately 300 applicants nationwide. The UAF faculty representative is responsible for nominating students and mailing in the supporting documents, so applicants should stay in contact with the faculty representative throughout the application process.
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 Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation will award undergraduate scholarships to outstanding students in the spring of 2016 for use during the 2016–2017 academic year. The awards will be based on merit. Two groups of student are eligible to receive funding: those who will be college juniors and those who will be college seniors in the 2016-17 academic year. Successful applicants will have outstanding potential and intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. UAF may nominate up to four students who are in the sophomore or junior class during the 2015–2016 academic year. To be considered, a student must be nominated by his or her university representative using the official online nomination process on the Foundation's website.
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.
The Trustees intend to award up to 300 Goldwater Scholarships. The number of scholarships to be awarded per state will depend on the number and qualifications of the nominees from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and, considered as a single entity, Guam, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. An applicant’s state is the state of legal residence. This may be indicated by the parents' place of residence, eligibility for in-state tuition rates (where applicable), and place of voter registration.
To be considered for nomination as a Goldwater Scholar, a student must:
1. Be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher education during the 2015-16 academic year. "Sophomore" is defined as a student who plans two more years of full-time undergraduate study beginning September 2016. 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 2016. Junior nominees can expect to receive a maximum of one year of support.
2. Have a college grade-point average of at least "B" (or the equivalent) and be in the upper fourth of his or her class.
3. 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).
4. Be planning to pursue a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. Nominees for Goldwater Scholarships must include in their online application a statement of interest in a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering, detailing how their academic program and their overall educational plans will prepare them for their chosen career goal. It is expected that students selected as scholars will pursue advanced degrees. 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.
The University of Alaska Fairbanks may nominate up to four current sophomores or juniors for the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.
1. Any student wishing to be nominated should do the following, as soon as possible:
- Send an email to the UAF Goldwater representative (firstname.lastname@example.org) stating intent to apply.
- Start the application process online, using the Goldwater website (http://www.act.org/goldwater/), and download the checklist and candidacy information posted there.
- Decide on three individuals from whom to request letters of recommendation, at least two of whom are faculty who can attest to your potential as a scientist, mathematician, or engineer.
2. Then, before the campus deadline of Friday, January 8, 2016:
- Submit to the campus representative current college transcripts, including transcripts from other colleges or universities for courses not taken at the current institution. The representative can obtain your UAF transcript directly from the Registrar if you arrange permissions in advance.
- Submit to the representative the nominee essay (2 pages maximum, single-sided, 2-column format, font size ± 11 pt)
- Submit to the representative the Application/Supporting Documents Checklist, found on the Goldwater Scholarship website
- Submit the online application. It is possible to have the application re-opened for editing before the foundation's final deadline for applications of 22 Jan.
A committee composed of UAF faculty in relevant fields will read all application materials and decide which students to nominate. Those applying will be informed of their status via email before January 20, 2016.
3. Students successful in the internal UAF review will work with the UAF Goldwater representative to ensure that the online application is complete and submitted by January 22, 2016, and that up-to-date UAF transcripts and the essay are mailed for receipt by February 1, 2016.
The essay should discuss a significant problem or issue in your field of study and explain how you might contribute to a better understanding or resolution of the issue through research. The essay should be no longer than 2 pages, one side only, single or double spaced, and written in no smaller than 11 point font.
The essay will need to be mailed in with the transcripts and other supporting documents by the UAF Goldwater Representative.
More detailed instructions for the essay can be found on the Goldwater Scholarship website.
Letters of Recommendation
When a student applies online, he or she will be asked to provide the names and contact information for three individuals who will write letters of recommendation. The recommenders will receive instructions within 24 hours about how to complete the recommendation online. (Recommendations must be completed online.) Recommendations are officially due on January 26, 2015, but because the UAF campus committee would like consider letters of recommendations in their internal deliberations, we request that letters be submitted before Monday, January 8, 2015. Only the recommender and the UAF Goldwater representative will be able to access the online letters of recommendation.
Goldwater Application Schedule
- January 8, 2016 - UAF deadline for application materials, including online application, essay, letters of recommendation and transcripts, for internal review
- January 20, 2016 - UAF campus representative will notify applicants of their status by this date
- January 29, 2016 - 5:00 p.m. CT - Deadline for UAF campus representative to submit nomination(s)
- February 1, 2016 - Mail receipt deadline for all supporting documents (essay, official transcripts)
Goldwater Foundation Schedule
- September 2016 - Goldwater Scholarship online application and materials available from the Foundation's website.
- 22 January 2016 - 5:00 p.m. CT- Final, official deadline for online submission of student application at http://www.act.org/goldwater/
- 26 January 2016 - 5:00 p.m. CT - Deadline for online submission of student’s letters of recommendation
- 29 January, 2016 - 5:00 p.m. CT - Deadline for UAF campus representative to submit nomination(s)
- February 1, 2016 - Mail receipt deadline for all supporting documents (essay, official transcripts)
- February 2016 - Goldwater Scholarship Review Committee meets to recommend finalists to the Foundation Board of Trustees
- Mid-March 2016 - The 2015 Goldwater Scholars and Honorable Mentions approved by the Board of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation
- Late March 2016 - All nominees and their faculty representatives are notified of their final status in the competition
Diane Wagner, UAF's Goldwater Representative
- (907) 474-5493