The College of Arts and Sciences is accepting pre-applications from outstanding undergraduate students for nomination to the prestigious 2020 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation awards. Please encourage your best students to apply. Nominees must be current sophomores or juniors who excel at research and who intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. All nominees must be U.S. citizens, resident aliens, or U.S. nationals.
Students who are selected as Goldwater Scholars will receive $7,500 per year that can be applied to the costs of tuition, fees, books, and room and board. Sophomore scholarship recipients are eligible for two years of scholarship support; junior recipients are eligible for one year of scholarship support.
The College of Arts and Sciences will conduct an internal competition and nominate up to four students to the national selection committee for consideration. Students who are interested in being nominated for a Goldwater Scholarship should complete the student profile and Goldwater pre-application at https://goldwater.scholarsapply.org/ as soon as possible and no later than Monday, October 7, 2019. This year the Goldwater Foundation is strongly encouraging applications from transfer students, particularly students who are transferring from community colleges. If you know of any such students, please encourage them to apply.
If the pre-application is accepted, the student will be invited to submit a full application to the internal competition, and their recommenders will receive an invitation from the Goldwater Campus Representative with instructions for writing and submitting a letter of recommendation. All full application materials should be submitted directly to the College selection committee at email@example.com.
The deadline for submission of all materials for the 2020 internal competition will be 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 4, 2019. The College’s internal selection committee will meet in early December to deliberate and select the nominees to be forwarded to the national competition.
Please note the following:
· All applicants must be nominated to the Goldwater organization by the College. Goldwater does not accept direct student applications for this award. For more information please see: https://goldwater.scholarsapply.org/
· In the past, successful nominees have had a minimum 3.900 overall College GPA
· Faculty who are considering writing a letter of recommendation for a Goldwater Scholarship should know that this is a very competitive award. In the past students who are considered only among the “top 5%” of students are rarely successful. If you don’t believe that a student is among the absolute very best, it is important that you alert the faculty selection committee to your judgment.
· The Goldwater Scholarship is for research-oriented students and is not awarded to pre-med students. Accordingly, applicants must be actively engaged in a research project and their research statements need to be both fully and carefully developed and comprehensible to a broad, well-educated, and scientifically-focused audience. It is the experience of past selection committees that research statements that have been polished in consultation with the faculty research supervisor before submission tend to have a higher rate of acceptance/selection as finalists.
· Letters of recommendation from faculty outside of the sciences are not appropriate for this competition. This holds even for applicants who have a second major in a field that is not traditionally considered to be within the sciences. If an applicant has two science majors, s/he should have at least one letter of recommendation from a faculty member in each. Letters of recommendation, which are a key factor at both the internal and national stages of competition, should be solicited primarily from senior faculty.