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Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

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Sophomores and Juniors may apply.

The Excellence in Education Foundation has established a scholarship fund named for former Senator Barry M. Goldwater of Arizona, to support the undergraduate study of students who demonstrate talent and interest in Mathematics or the Natural Sciences. The purpose of the scholarships is to strengthen the training of American students in Science and Mathematics and to encourage talented students to pursue graduate study, teaching, and research in these areas.

The scholarships cover undergraduate expenses for tuition, books, fees, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year for two years.  Goldwater Scholarships thus represent outstanding opportunities for those students who have a demonstrated interest in a career in Science or Mathematics.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • be U.S. citizens or permanent residents;
  • be full-time students who will be enrolled as Juniors or Seniors in the year of the award;
  • have a GPA of at least 3.0 and be in the upper quarter of their undergraduate class.

All Boston College candidates for Goldwater Scholarships must be nominated by the Boston College Goldwater Scholarship Nominating Committee. Sophomores or Juniors interested in applying should consult with the Boston College Goldwater Campus Coordinator.  The applications require an essay describing the applicant's intent to enter an appropriate research career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering, and specifing how the student's educational plans will provide preparation for that career.  In addition, transcripts and three letters of recommendation are required.

Preliminary applications will be reviewed by the Boston College Goldwater Scholarship Nominating Committee, which will nominate up to four candidates -- two sophomores and two juniors -- for consideration in the Goldwater Scholarship competition. Nominees will then be evaluated by the Foundation's scholarship review committee in March, and the successful Goldwater Scholars for each state will be announced at that time. Applications must be submitted to the BC Goldwater Nominating Committee well in advance of the January deadline.

All students with an interest in the Goldwater Scholarship are urged to talk with the Boston College Goldwater Campus Coordinator. If you would like additional information about the scholarship and the application process before talking with the Campus Coordinator, consult the Goldwater web site.

To be competitive, interested students should contact the Goldwater Campus Coordinator during the previous Spring semester, to begin preparing their applications well in advance of the January deadline.