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Barry Goldwater Scholarship


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Details

The Goldwater Scholarship provides funding to college sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering. It is the oldest and most prestigious national scholarship in STEM fields in the U.S. The scholarship seeks to identify college students who show exceptional promise of becoming the next generation of research leaders in STEM fields. It provides $7,500 per year for up to 2 years (if applying as a sophomore), which can used for tuition, fees, books, and/or room and board.




Scholarship Amount

$7,500/year for 1-2 years


Annual Number of Scholarships Awarded

  • ~400 per year



Eligibility

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be a sophomore OR junior at the time of application
  • Have at least a 3.00 GPA
    • Most competitive applicants have at least a 3.70 GPA
  • Intend to pursue a research career in a natural science, mathematics, or engineering:
    • Chemistry
    • Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering
    • Engineering
    • Geosciences
    • Life Sciences
    • Materials Research
    • Mathematical Sciences
    • Physics and Astronomy
    • Psychology



Selection Criteria

  • Academic excellence
  • Record of research experience in your field of future graduate study
    • At least 1 year of research experience is recommended
  • Potential for and commitment to a research career in the natural sciences, mathematics, or engineering
    • Most competitive applicants plan to pursue a research Ph.D.
  • Potential for a significant future contribution to research in your chosen field
  • Strong letters of recommendation



Application Material

  • Goldwater Application
    • Research Essay
  • CV/Resume
  • Transcripts
  • 3 letters of recommendation
    • 1 letter from a faculty member who can discuss your potential for a career in STEM
    • 1 letter from a faculty member in your field of study
    • 1 letter from a faculty member who can discuss your research endeavors
  • University Endorsement



University Endorsement Process

University endorsement is a competitive process and not guaranteed. Students seeking University of Utah endorsement must submit certain application components by the University’s deadline. The University of Utah may endorse up to 4 students per year for the Goldwater Scholarship. A fifth candidate can be nominated if the candidate is a transfer student.




Deadlines

University Deadline:
11-22-2021

National Deadline:
01-28-2022


Timeline

Early September: Goldwater Application Opens

November 22, 2021: University Deadline

Early December: Notification of finalists

January 29, 2022 by 4 pm MST: National Deadline

March 25, 2022 by 10 am MST: Notification of selection




Length of Scholarship

1 year, if applying as a junior 2 years, if applying as a sophomore


Scholarship Website

https://goldwater.scholarsapply.org/


Contact Information

competitivescholarships@utah.edu