Barry Goldwater Scholarship Program
The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation was authorized by Congress in 1986 to honor Sen. Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate.
The creation of this program pays tribute to the leadership, courage and vision of Goldwater, and establishes in his name an endowed recognition program to foster and encourage excellence in science and mathematics. 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.
- U.S. citizen or a permanent resident intending to become a U.S. citizen.
- Full-time college sophomore or junior.
- Intend to pursue a research career in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering. Sophomore applicants should be especially prepared to demonstrate significant research experience.
- Has a college GPA of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (note, however, that the mean GPA of Goldwater Scholars nationwide is 3.8).
- Able to articulate commitment to obtaining a PhD or MD/PhD in an eligible field of scientific study.
- Students pursuing the premed track with a nonresearch medical career in mind are not eligible.
- Brandeis may only nominate up to four students in a given year. Every year, more than 300 scholars are chosen from an applicant pool of approximately 1,400.
Amount, Duration of Award
Awards are for up to $7,500 per year (a total of $15,000 awarded to sophomores for their junior and senior years, or $7,500 awarded to juniors for their senior year). Funds are to be used toward tuition, room, board and other fees.
- Completed application
- Two-page research essay (600 words maximum).
- Typical essay question: Please describe those activities, achievements, awards and work experiences that demonstrate your strong interest in your field of study and your potential for making a contribution to that field.
- Three letters of recommendation (email to email@example.com or uploaded to online application)
Dates, Deadlines and Nomination
- Applications available on Goldwater website: September 2020
- Campus deadline: November 16, 2020
- Final deadline (for nominees only): January 29, 2021
- Notification: Late March 2021
Past Brandeis Winners, Honorable Mentions
- Even Dankowicz ’20
- Arielle Keller ’16
- Noam Saper ’15
- Nicholas Hornstein ’11
- Jason Goldsmith ’06
- Sol Schulman ’04
- Shlomo Meislin ’04
- Margie Pawlowski ’03
- Aryn Gittis ’01
- Arwen Long ’01
- Kim Patricio ’00
- Greg Sivakoff ’00
- Josh Weinger ’00
- Richard Haburcak ’18
- Jeremy Koob ’17
- Dan Boyle ’14
- Michael Kosowsky ’14
- Abby Zadina ’13
- Nick Iftimia ’13