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Hanover, NH
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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 2016-2017 academic year. "Sophomore" is defined as a student who plans two more years of full-time undergraduate study beginning September 2017. 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 2017. 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 complete the pre-application form on the Goldwater website. Scholarship Advising will then review your pre-application. If your pre-application has been approved, you are then responsible for contacting Scholarship Advising immediately to discuss your application and decide on your recommenders. You are then required to make sure that the following is submitted to the Scholarship Advising office by the campus deadline of January 4, 2017:

  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. Two Versions of your Transcript: an official PDF sent to via email and an official paper copy (in sealed envelope with register's signature--please request it for pick-up by Sandy Hobbs of Scholarship Advising)
  4. Transcripts from other colleges or universities you have attended (NOTE: If your transcript shows a "TR" for study abroad courses or other courses, you MUST have a separate transcript for those courses)
  5. Complete Application with Essay
  6. Three Letters of Recommendation (see specifications on letters of recommendation below)


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:
Once your pre-application has been approved, you are responsible for sending a list of recommenders to Scholarship Advising ASAP and contacting your recommenders directly to ask them to write on your behalf. Once your list of recommenders has been approved, Scholarship Advising will contact your recommenders directly with instructions for submitting their letters. 

For more information on recommendation letters, click here.


Final Application Submission

Nominees are responsible for uploading all materials (except for transcript(s) and letters of recommendation) to the online application by 8:00am on January 23, 2017.

Scholarship Advising will upload each nominees transcript(s) and letters of recommendation and will submit the online application by January 27, 2017.


Goldwater Application Schedule

  • January 4, 2017  Campus deadline for nomination materials

  • January 23, 2017 at 8:00am  Deadline for endorsed applicants to submit online applications

  • January 27, 2017  5:00pm Final deadline

  • March 2017  Goldwater Scholars announced


Additional Information

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

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Frequently Asked Questions


Last Updated: 12/8/16