Office of Academic Advising

The Goldwater Scholarship

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was authorized by the United States Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate. The creation of this program pays tribute to the leadership, courage, and vision of Senator Goldwater and establishes in his name an endowed recognition program to foster and encourage excellence in science and mathematics. The purpose of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, as stated in the enabling legislation, is to alleviate a critical current and future shortage of highly qualified  scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. A more realistic statement of the purpose, in today's terms, is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified individuals to those fields of academic study and research.

The scholarship awards $7,500 to cover undergraduate expense for students who have demonstrated interest in and commitment to a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering disciplines that contribute to technological advances in the United States. The Trustees intend to award up to 300 Goldwater Scholarships.  Skidmore may only nominate four students.


To be considered for nomination as a Goldwater Scholar, a student must:

Please check the Goldwater website to verify your field of study qualifies for this award.

Application Years:



Skidmore Selection Deadline-first week in November
See Dates and Deadlines page for details.

Skidmore Contact:

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