Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program

Scholarship Amount

Various Amount

Application Deadline

January 27, 2017


Application Deadline: January 22, 2016

Recommender Deadline: January 26, 2016

Nomination Deadline: January 29, 2016

All supporting documents must be received by February 1, 2016.

Your institution may establish an internal deadline for completion of all applications.

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Please contact us for any correspondence.


Information regarding the online application and faculty
representative documents is available on the Goldwater
Foundation’s website at

1. Before entering the names and email addresses of
three individuals that will be completing an electronic
recommendation for you, it is suggested that you
contact your Goldwater Faculty Representative.
You should secure recommendations from three
individuals who know enough about you to assess
your personal characteristics, motivation, and
potential for a research career in mathematics, the
natural sciences, or engineering. You should obtain
recommendations from:

a. Two faculty members who can discuss your
potential for a research career in mathematics,
the natural sciences, or engineering. At least
one of these must be a faculty member in your
field of study, and

b. Another individual or faculty member who can
attest to your potential. If you have been
involved in research, one of your
recommendations must come from the
individual who supervised your work. The
best evaluations are those that come from
faculty in your field of study or from individuals
who have supervised your work in a research
facility. Evaluations from former high school
teachers, coaches, or family friends are
generally of little value.

Recommenders will be emailed immediately after the
application is submitted. The recommenders will receive
instructions to go online and complete their
recommendation. Recommendations must be completed
and submitted online by January 26th, or earlier if your
institution has established an internal deadline. In order
to allow your recommenders time to complete and
submit their recommendation, it is suggested that you
complete and submit your application prior to the
January 22nd application deadline.

It is suggested that you contact your recommenders
early in the application process to let them know that you
will be asking them to complete a recommendation for
you, and it is suggested that you follow-up with each
recommender after you have completed and submitted
your application. Your application will not be considered
complete until all three recommenders have submitted
their recommendations online.

2. Essay – typed and confined to two pages (one side
only), single or double spaced. Font size may not
be smaller than 11 point. The essay will need to be
provided to your Faculty Representative and mailed
in with your transcripts and other supporting
Your essay should discuss a significant issue or
problem in your field of study that is of particular
interest to you. Your essay must include a
description of the issue or problem, discuss an idea
for research that could have significant impact on
the issue or problem, describe an aspect of the
research in which you would be involved, and
explain the relevance of the issue or problem to you
as a mathematician, scientist, or engineer. The
content and style of your essay will be important to
the success of your scholarship application.
Assume that your reader is knowledgeable in
mathematics, science, and engineering, and will
have the expertise to read, review, and understand
the complexities of your field of specialty. If your
essay involves research in which you are or were
involved, please indicate if you are or were the sole
researcher or if you collaborated with another
Include a bibliography, references, or illustrations,
when appropriate, as part of the essay, which will be
included in your two pages. Font size may not be
smaller than 11 point. Your essay must be typed
and confined to two pages (one side only).

Your essay must include the following identifying
information at the top of each page:
a. Student’s Name
b. Name of student’s college or university
c. Student’s signature

Your designated Faculty Representative will need to
complete an online nomination form in order for your
application to be included in the competition.

Supporting Documents
It is your responsibility to submit an original of the
following documents to your Goldwater Faculty

 Typed essay confined to two pages (one side
only) with a font size no smaller than 11 point,
single or double spaced
 College Transcript(s) from other institutions
you have attended. Your Goldwater Faculty
Representative will obtain and submit an official
transcript from the institution you are currently
attending. If you have attended any other
college(s), including those attended during high
school, then you are responsible for obtaining
these transcripts and giving them to your Faculty
Representative. If you list courses at other
institutions that you were given a grade for, you
will need to include a copy of the transcript from
that institution with the courses and grades
achieved. If these courses are included on your
current transcript, they must contain the grade
achieved and not just the number of units
earned. If no grades are listed for these courses
on your current transcript, you will need to get a
copy of the transcript from the school from which
you took the course.
 If your citizenship status is Permanent
Resident, you are required to provide a copy of
your permanent resident card and a letter of
intent to become a U.S. citizen to your Faculty
Representative. Your application will not be
complete without these two documents if you
are classified as a Permanent Resident. You
must be a U.S. citizen, Permanent Resident or
in the case of nominees from American Samoa
or the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands, a
U.S. national to be eligible to apply.
If you are selected as one of the nominated students
from your institution, your Goldwater Faculty
Representative will combine all your required
supporting documents and send them to the
Goldwater Scholarship Program by the February 1,
2016 receipt deadline.

The 2016 Goldwater Scholarship Application Deadlines
are as follows:
Student application January 22, 2016
Recommendations (3) January 26, 2016
Nominations January 29, 2016
Documents Receipt February 1, 2016

Your institution Faculty Representative may establish an
earlier internal deadline for submission of the student
application and recommendations. Therefore, it is very
important that you communicate with your Goldwater
Faculty Representative during the application process.

Pacific Islander, Hispanic, Caucasian, Asian, American Indian, African American
United States
Senior, Junior, Sophomore, Freshmen

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