The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate. The purpose of the foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields.

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. citizen, 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).

  • Full-time matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited institution during the 2015–2016 academic year. “Sophomore” is defined as a student who plans two more years of full-time undergraduate study beginning no later than September 2016. Sophomore nominees can expect to receive a maximum of two years of support. “Junior” is a student who plans one more year of full-time undergraduate study beginning no later than September 2016. Junior nominees can expect to receive a maximum of one year of support.

  • College GPA of at least B (or the equivalent) and be in the upper fourth of class standings.

General Information

The purpose of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation is to alleviate a critical current and future shortage of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. The foundation will award up to 300 undergraduate scholarships to outstanding students, to be known as Barry M. Goldwater Scholars.

Students who plan to study medicine are eligible for a Goldwater Scholarship if they plan a research career rather than a career as a medical doctor in a private practice. Applicants should have a strong commitment to research and be able to articulate specific research questions to which they intend to devote their professional life.

Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually. Scholarship monies not used during one academic year are not transferable to the succeeding academic year.

Application Instructions

UM students seeking nomination for the Barry M. Goldwater scholarship must submit the preliminary application by the campus deadline.  The University of Miami may nominate no more than four students to compete for the national scholarship.  A selection will be held to identify the nominees whose applications are most likely to fare well in the national competition.  Students with a strong academic and research background are encouraged to apply. The Goldwater scholarship is intended for students planning careers in research (Ph.D. tracks), rather than careers as practicing medical physicians.  Click on the link below for instructions on applying for Goldwater nomination as a UM student.

Barry M. Goldwater UM Student Application Instructions

Application Timeline

September 2015  
Online application and materials available from the foundation’s website.

November 6, 2015  
All application materials must be submitted to the Office of Prestigious Awards and Fellowships for review and possible endorsement.

Late January 2016 
Deadline for online submission of nominee applications.

Late March 2016 
Nominees and faculty representatives are notified of applicant status.