The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program
was established by the United States Congress
in 1986 in honor of former United States Senator
and 1964 presidential candidate Barry Goldwater
, a Republican
. Its goal is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists
, and engineers
by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields.
The Scholarship is awarded to about 300 college sophomores
and juniors nationwide. A maximum of $7500 per academic year is granted. The scholarship is awarded based on merit, and the actual amount given is based on financial need.
In addition, since at least 2006, about 150 exceptional applicants not awarded the Scholarship have been recognized with official Honorable Mentions.
Competition for the Scholarship is exceptionally intense. Universities are allowed to nominate only four undergraduate students per year to receive the final Scholarship. As a result, the Scholarship is the most prestigious award in the U.S. conferred upon undergraduates studying the sciences. Through March 2006, Princeton University
has had the most Goldwater Scholars with 64, followed by Harvard University
with (60), Duke University
(58), Kansas State University
(57), and the University of Chicago
In awarding scholarships, the Foundation Board of Trustees considers the nominee's field of study and career objectives and the extent to which... Read More