Please see the Goldwater website link above for guidance on issues related to applicants’ academic work during COVID-19-affected terms, including advice on what students might do to meet the research expectations associated with a Goldwater application.

Application period: September 1, 2020 to January 29, 2021 (3:00 p.m. PT)
Initial internal deadline: December 2020 [TBA]
Final internal deadline: January 2021 [TBA]
National deadline: January 29, 2021 (3:00 p.m. PT)
NOTE: Internal nomination process

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
  • minimum GPA: upper fourth quartile of class

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 Professor of Geology Pat Spencer. Upon completion of a pre-application review by the Goldwater internal committee, Professor Spencer will contact candidates to inform them of the outcome of the committee review. If accepted, candidates will receive additional campus-specific application information and access to the online Goldwater application.

The internal Goldwater committee may select up to four nominees. Nominees will work with Keith Raether, Director of Fellowships and Grants, and Professor Spencer to edit and refine their applications for submission by the national deadline.

Application process: online 

Application requirements: 

  • online questionnaire
  • research essay (PDF preferred)
  • official transcript(s)
  • institution nomination
  • complete application 
  • Recommendations (3)

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.