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Goldwater Scholarship


Application period: September to January
Initial internal deadline (pre-application due): Sunday, November 26, 2023
Second internal deadline (first draft due): Tuesday, December 12, 2023
Final internal deadline (all materials due): Wednesday, January 24, 2024
National deadline: Friday, January 26, 2024 (3:00 p.m. PT)
NOTE: Internal nomination process

Eligibility requirements: 

  • U.S. citizen, permanent resident or U.S. national
  • Sophomore or Junior
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0

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 Associate Professor of Physics Moira Gresham. Applicants will be invited to a check-in conversation during the week following Thanksgiving Break.  The Goldwater internal committee will review all pre-applications, after which Professor Gresham 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; if one nominee is a transfer student, a fifth individual may be nominated.

Nominees will work with the Director for Fellowships and Grants and Professor Gresham 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)
  • institutional nomination
  • complete application 
  • recommendations (3)

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

Faculty representative: Dr. Moira Gresham, Associate Professor of Physics

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

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