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The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor 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.

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Program

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Barry M. Goldwater


The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was authorized by the United States Congress in 1986 to honor Senator 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 Senator 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.

Full-time college sophomores or juniors planning careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. Sophomore applicants should be especially prepared to demonstrate significant research experience. All applicants should be able to articulate commitment to obtaining a Ph.D in an eligible field of scientific study. M.D./Ph.D. also allowed.

Eligibility Limitations:
US citizens or resident aliens who can submit a letter of intent to obtain US citizenship and a photocopy of the Alien Registration Card. Students pursuing the pre-med track with a non-research medical career in mind are not eligible. Although a minimum of a B average is the official pre-requisite, the mean GPA of Goldwater Scholars nationwide is 3.8. Brandeis may only nominate up to 4 students in a given year. Every year over three hundred scholars are chosen from a candidate pool of approximately 1400 applications.

Funds are to be used toward tuition, room, board, and other fees at the student's home university.

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).

Application Requirements:
For the campus deadline, nominees will submit a completed application, including a 2-page research essay, along with a transcript and three letters of recommendation. Recommendations may be emailed to the Director at monaghan@brandeis.edu or uploaded directly into the online application.

Applications available on Goldwater website:
September 2019

Campus Deadline:
November 13, 2019

Final Deadline (For Nominees Only):

January 31, 2020

Late March 2020

Typical Essay Question:

A. Discuss an issue related to your chosen career (600 words maximum).

B. 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.

Website: Goldwater Scholarship

Recent Brandeis University Winners
Congratulations to Even Dankowicz '20 who was named a Goldwater Scholar in March 2019. Previous winners include 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, and Josh Weinger '00.

Recent Honorable Mentions: Richard Haburcak '18, Jeremy Koob '17, Dan Boyle '14, Michael Kosowsky '14, Abby Zadina '13, and Nick Iftimia '13.