Goldwater Scholarship Competition
"The Scholarship Program honoring Senator Barry M. Goldwater was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, natural sciences, and engineering. The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields."
The award is up to $7500 per year for one or two years of undergraduate study. Applicants should be sophomores or juniors at the time of application. Students cannot apply directly, but must be nominated by their institution. Each institution may nominate up to four candidates.
This is not just another "fill out a form and maybe you'll get lucky" scholarship! It is a prestigious national competition only appropriate for superior students intending to get a Ph.D. followed by a research career in the fields of science, mathematics, or engineering. It is worth applying even if you don't need the money! (See FAQ.)
For further information on the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship program, go to the official web site.
If you are a student majoring in an eligible field with sophomore or junior standing as of February 2015, and are interested in applying for the Goldwater Scholarship program, please contact Alex Wenning, (775-3752, 243 Millett) in the Honors Program and/or Richard Mercer, (775-2191, 236 MM) in Mathematics and Statistics.
We would also like to hear from faculty who wish to nominate a student from an eligible field whom they believe to be among the very best at Wright State.
The 2015 competition will use an online application process. Information and materials are now available from the Goldwater web site. We invite interested students to download the information files, register for the online portion of the application by clicking on the APPLY NOW button, and begin filling it out.
A preliminary internal application will be due Friday, November 7, 2014.
This will consist of
We will select applicants we believe to be competitive (no more than four) to be Wright State's nominees, and will help them refine their final applications. The internal deadline for the final application is January 16, 2015.
Recent Wright State Nominees
2013: Mervat Elhindi (Mechanical Engineering), Nhi Lam (Chemistry), Larrilyn Yelton (Biology)
2012: Derek Boone (Computer Engineering)
2011: Brendan Eck (Physics/Mathematics)
2010: Brendan Eck (Physics/Mathematics), Zach Gault (Physics), Wesam Helou (Biomedical Engineering), Ed Velten (Electrical Engineering/Mathematics)
2009: Melissa Jones (Biomedical Engineering), Benjamin Schmitt (Biomedical Engineering)
2008: Khadijeh Alnajjar (Chemistry), James Dahlman (Biomedical Engineering), Benjamin Schmitt (Biomedical Engineering)
2007: David Beeler (Materials Science and Engineering), Scott Eilerman (Physics), Roger Fecher (Biology), John Platig (Physics)
2006: Steven Ballmer (Chemistry), Brian Birkmire (Engineering Physics)
2005: Brian Wirick (Electrical Engineering)
2004: Jessica Brown (Chemistry), Micah Fuerst (Mathematics)
2002: David Johnson (Computer Science/Mathematics)
1999: Jennifer Bebout (Biology), Deborah Maken (Psychology), Eric Pooler (Engineering Physics), Rachel Smith (Chemistry)
1998: Michael Woeste (Biology)
1986: Rebecca Hammer (Chemistry)
Q: Why should I bother if my financial aid
already pays most of my expenses?
Q: What are the chances of getting this
scholarship if I apply?
Q: What do I get if I am awarded a Goldwater
Q: Are premed or nursing students eligible?
Q: Are international students eligible?
Q: Do I have to be involved in a research
Q: What is the minimum eligible GPA?
November 3, 2014
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