Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

About the Program

Established by the U.S. Congress in 1986, the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program honors 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, as stated in the enabling legislation, is to alleviate a critical current and future shortage of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. A more realistic statement of purpose, in today's terms, is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified individuals to those fields of academic study and research by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields.


The University of Puget Sound may nominate up to four outstanding students each year. Goldwater trustees intend to award up to 300 Goldwater Scholarships each year.

  • Applicant must be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher education.
  • Completed research at their institution
  • Have a college grade-point average of at least 3.8 and be in the upper fourth of his or her class.
  • Be a United States citizens, a resident alien, or, in the case of nominees from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands, a United States national.

Application Procedures

All students who are interested in applying for a Goldwater Scholarship will fill out a Letter of Intent with the Graduate and Undergraduate Fellowships Office and begin working on their applications early in the fall semester by requesting an official application form from our office. There is a fall campus deadline in December, when a final draft of the application must be turned in to the Fellowship Office. Letters or recommendation should also be received at that time.

The final Campus deadline for completed applications to be submitted to the Graduate and Undergraduate Fellowships is the second Friday in December. This allows time for the evaluation of the application, with formal submission to the Goldwater Foundation prior to the early February deadline.

In order to earn the highest nomination-level possible applicants are expected to work diligently on their applications over the course of the fall semester and keep close contact with the Fellowships office.

See the Goldwater website.