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:
- Be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher education during the 2013–2014 academic year, and intend to pursue research careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. "Sophomore" is defined as a student who plans two more years of full-time undergraduate study beginning September 2014. Sophomore nominees can expect to receive a maximum of two years of support. "Junior" is defined as a student who plans one more year of full-time undergraduate study beginning September 2014. Junior nominees can expect to receive a maximum of one year of support.
- Have a college grade-point average of at least "B" (or the equivalent) and be in the upper fourth of his or her class
- Be a United States citizen, a permanent resident, or, in the case of nominees from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands, a United States national. Nominations from permanent residents must include a letter of the nominee's intent to obtain U.S. citizenship and a photocopy of the Permanent Resident Card (formerly known as the Alien Registration Card).
Please check the Goldwater website to verify your field of study qualifies for this award.
Skidmore Selection Deadline-first week in November
Skidmore Deadline for Finalists-December 19, 2015
Institutional Deadline-January 2016
The Office of Academic Advising
For more information please visit:http://www.act.org/goldwater/