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.