First internal deadline: December 3, 2018
National Deadlines: January 25, 2019, 3:00 p.m. PST

Eligibility requirements:

  • U.S. citizen, 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
  • Sophomore or Junior
  • 3.0 GPA and be in the upper fourth quartile of class
  • Intend to pursue a research career in a natural science, mathematics or engineering. 

Award summary and conditions: The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Program was created to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering and to foster excellence in those fields. In awarding scholarships, the Foundation Board of Trustees 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. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually.

Student Profile and Pre-Application: Complete the Student Profile and Goldwater Scholarship Pre-Application. When submitted, these materials will be sent to Pat Spencer. Upon completion of a Pre-application review, Pat will contact the student to inform of the outcome of the review. If accepted, he will provide the student with additional campus-specific application information and provide the student with access to the online Goldwater application. For those not being moved forward in the application process, a brief explanation will be provided for the decision.

The Goldwater Committee will meet to select up to four nominees, who will work with Keith Raether, Director of Fellowships and Grants, and Pat Spencer to edit and refine their applications for submission by the national deadline.

Application process: online 

Application requirements: 

  • Online questionnaire
  • Research essay (PDF preferred)
  • Transcript(s)-official
  • Institution Nomination (Whitman's Faculty Rep. Pat Spencer, Professor of Geology)
  • Nominee Application (Student)  
  • Recommendations (3)-student lists three recommenders and their email addresses in their application. The system will then generate an email to each recommender giving them instructions on completing their online recommendation.

Note: Copy of Permanent Resident card and letter of intent to become U.S. citizen, if nominee's citizenship status is permanent resident.

Faculty Representative: Pat Spencer, Professor of Geology 

Internal nomination required: Yes; Whitman is allowed to submit up to four nominations.

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