About the Program

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program honors Senator Barry Goldwater. The purpose of the Foundation 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 must:

  • Be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher education.
  • Intend to pursue a research career in a natural science, mathematics, or engineering
  • Have a college grade point average of at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale
  • Be a United States citizen from the 50 states or the District of Columbia; a U.S. national for those students nominated from Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, or the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands; or a permanent resident.
  • The natural sciences fields include, Chemistry, Computer, and Information Sciences, Engineering. Geosciences, Life Sciences, Material Research, Mathmatical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, and Psychology. 

Application Procedures

All students who are interested in applying for a Goldwater Scholarship will fill out an Initial Interest Form with the Fellowships Office and begin working on their applications early in the fall semester.

There is a fall campus deadline the first Thursday in December when a final draft of the application must be turned in to the Fellowship Office. Letters of recommendation should also be received at that time. This allows time for the evaluation of the application, with a formal submission to the Goldwater Foundation prior to the last Friday in January. 

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