The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research careers in these fields. Eligible applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. The Online Goldwater Application contains several components, including one questionnaire, one research essay, three letters of recommendation, transcripts, and a copy of your Permanent Resident Card (if applicable).
Applicants must be nominated by a Goldwater Campus Representative (CR) to their institution. Applicants must locate their CR on the website and complete the Student Profile and Goldwater Scholarship Pre-Application. Once complete, the student's profile and pre-application will be emailed to their respective CR, who should then contact them thereafter. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 per academic year. Scholars who receive the award as sophomores can expect to receive support for a maximum of two years (4 semesters) or until graduation.
For the 2023 Goldwater competition, while Campus Representatives (CRs) are encouraged to provide a narrative statement, CRs are no longer required to provide a statement in the CR Form as part of the overall nomination. Again, while not required, CRs do find that the narrative statement allows them to transmit important insights and information about a nominee. CRs, for example, 1) talk about how lingering impacts of COVID affected the applicant, 2) offer a general overview of the institution’s selection process, 3) provide a synopsis of the student’s strengths, 4) provide reasons for why the nominee was selected, among other things. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.