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Goldwater Scholarship


The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program honors Senator Barry Goldwater, who served as a soldier and statesman for 56 years. The purpose of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation is to alleviate a shortage of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers.

Goldwater Scholarships may cover eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually.


The Foundation will award undergraduate merit scholarships to outstanding students. To be considered for nomination, a student must:

  • Be a full-time sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited institution;
  • Have the intent to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering;
  • Have a college grade-point average of at least a “B” and be in the upper further of his or her class;
  • Be a United States Citizen or a permanent resident.


Required elements of the application include: 

  • Institutional Nomination
  • Nominee Application Form
  • Nominee Essay
  • Official Academic Transcripts

Application Schedule and Deadlines

  • Application Deadline                         Late January
    (Online Submission of Student Application, Recommendations, and Faculty Representative Nomination)
  • Supporting Document                       Early February
  • Status Notification                              Late March

KSU Deadline

End of first week of spring semester prior to academic year of award.

For more information, visit the Barry Goldwater Foundation website.