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The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program


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. 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.

Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually. Scholarship monies not used during one academic year are not transferable to the succeeding academic year. Junior-level scholarship recipients are eligible for a maximum of two years of scholarship support, and senior-level scholarship recipients are eligible for a maximum of one year of scholarship support.

The Trustees intend to award up to 300 Goldwater Scholarships. The number of scholarships to be awarded per state will depend on the number and qualifications of the nominees from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and, considered as a single entity, Guam, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.



To be considered for nomination as a Goldwater Scholar, a student must:

  1. Be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher education during the 2015-2016 academic year. "Sophomore" is defined as a student who plans two more years of full-time undergraduate study beginning September 2016. Sophomore nominees can expect to receive a maximum of two years of support. Students in two-year colleges who plan to transfer to a baccalaureate program at another institution may be nominated. "Junior" is defined as a student who plans one more year of full-time undergraduate study beginning September 2016. Junior nominees can expect to receive a maximum of one year of support.
  2. Have a college grade-point average of at least "B" (or the equivalent) and be in the upper fourth of his or her class.
  3. Be a United States citizen, a permanent resident, or, in the case of nominees from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands, a United States national. Nominations from permanent residents must include a letter of the nominee's intent to obtain U.S. citizenship and a photocopy of the Permanent Resident Card (formerly known as the Alien Registration Card).



Dartmouth College may nominate up to four current sophomores or juniors for the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Any student wishing to be nominated must download the nomination materials from the Goldwater website and submit the following to the Scholarship Advising office by the campus deadline of January 4, 2016:

  1. Scholarship Registration Web Form (Submit PRIOR to the Jan. 4 campus deadline)
    This form provides Scholarship Advising with the necessary information to open an application file and communicate with you about the application process and important deadlines and considerations.
  2. Permission Form and Waiver
  3. Unofficial PDF of Transcript is needed for nomination.  Once nominated request an official hard copy of the transcript to be sent to
  4. Complete Application with Nominee's Essay (2 pages maximum, single-sided)
  5. Three Independent Evaluations of Nominee


Please fill out the application online, and submit a PDF of the application and the essay to  The Committee on Graduate Fellowships will read your application materials and decide on nominations. You will be informed of your status via email.


Letters of Recommendation

All applicants:
For the campus review, please ask your letter writers to send a scanned copy of the letter of recommendation on letterhead with a signature by email to

In your online application, please add the contact information of your three recommenders, who will each receive notification on how to submit the letter of recommendation online.  The Dartmouth deadline for all three letters to be submitted online by the recommenders is January 19, 2016.

For more information on recommendation letters, click here.


Final Application Submission

Nominees will submit the final application online by January 19, 2016.

Scholarship Advising will officially submit the online application by January 29, 2016.  The Scholarship Advising office will mail your signed essay and transcript to the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program by the deadline of February 1, 2016.


Goldwater Application Schedule

  • January 4, 2016  Campus deadline for nomination materials

  • January 19, 2016  Deadline to submit online applications

  • January 22, 2016  Dartmouth deadline for letters of recommendation to be submitted online

  • January 29, 2016  5:00pm Electronic nomination submission deadline

  • February 1 Deadline for receipt of application materials

  • March, 2016  Goldwater Scholars announced


Additional Information

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program Website

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Last Updated: 11/18/15