The Barry Goldwater Scholarship Program supports college juniors and seniors to pursue a career in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering. The program recognizes scholars – applicants that are nominated by the college or university officially – and rewards them for the excellence achieved. The objective is to get highly qualified mathematicians, scientists and engineers in the respective field of study. The awards are categorized into two groups – college juniors and college seniors and each institute can nominate two (2) students for 2 year course and four (4) students for 4 year course.
The Barry M Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was authorized by the US Congress in 1986 as a tribute to Senator Barry M Goldwater. The foundation is supported by the memorial scholarship fund which is established in the Treasury of the United States. All the funding for the annual awards is derived from this Trust fund.
The candidates are nominated only by the college or university and the nomination is done by the faculty representative chosen by the institute and the Foundation. Annually the foundation invites eligible accredited US institutions to nominate candidates for the two groups – Two current sophomores for the two year courses and four current sophomores or juniors for the four year degree.
The Goldwater scholarship application is done electronically online and is open from September and can be done from the foundation’s website. The entire process consists of two steps involving institute nomination and nominee application. Keep in mind that if the first step of institutional nomination is not done the application is not even considered. Once the application is submitted supporting documents are to be mailed to the Foundation as well.
Each Goldwater scholarship covers educational expenses up to $7,500 annually and each year the foundation awards 300 such scholarships. Each state in the US is awarded certain Goldwater scholarships based on the number and qualification of application from the 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and, considered as a single entity, Guam, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
The deadline for submission of the application by the Faculty representative is January 29 and the deadline for providing all the necessary documentation to support the application is February 01. The selection process of the Goldwater scholarships involves Initial evaluation done by independent review committee – appointed by the Foundation and this committee recommends the most outstanding nominees from each state. Final selection is done by the Board of Trustees and the same is informed to the institute and the scholar by March.
Mathematics, Science and Engineering – the three areas that have impacted human life the most and will do so in the future as well is fully supported through the Barry Goldwater Scholarship Program. This ensures that regular study and research is continued in these areas and thus the Barry Goldwater Scholarship was introduced. The scholars have won various other awards including Marshall Awards and many more. The Goldwater scholarship has not only rewarded outstanding scholars that have made their mark in the respective field of study but also motivated various others to select these areas for research and development.
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