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Barry Goldwater Scholarship 

Offered by The Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation

Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Aug 9, 2023
Multiple awards worth up to


Grade level

College Sophomores & Juniors

Application deadline:

January 26, 2024

Scholarship Overview

Are you a current college student interested in pursuing a research career in a STEM field? If so, consider applying for the Barry Goldwater Scholarship! The scholarship is open to nominated applicants who are college sophomores or juniors studying and conducting research in a STEM field. The Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation offers scholarships to STEM students across the country to help ensure that the U.S. is producing enough “highly-qualified professionals” in these critical fields. This particular scholarship serves as a memorial for Barry Goldwater, a former air force officer and senator for 30 years. Recipients of the scholarship receive up to $7,500 to help pay for tuition, fees, books, and room and board. If you are a STEM major passionate about a future research career, we encourage you to apply!

Bear in mind that this scholarship runs from the first Tuesday in September to the last Friday in January, every year.

Eligibility information

The scholarship is open to full-time college sophomores and juniors studying and conducting research in a STEM field at an accredited institution. Applicants must also meet the below eligibility requirements.

Grade Level

College Sophomores & Juniors


US Citizens, Permanent Residents

Minimum GPA


Academic Interest

Natural Resources, Environmental Science, Computer Science, Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Science/Engineering, Marine/Ocean Engineering, Biology, Entomology, Math, Natural Sciences, Physical Sciences, Meteorology/Atmospheric Science, Materials Science, Psychology, Medicine, Cybersecurity, Chemistry

Application information

To apply for this scholarship, students must submit an online application, a student questionnaire, an institutional nomination form, and the below application materials.

Research essay

Academic transcript

Letter of Recommendation


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Scholarship FAQ

Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact The Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation at

Is this scholarship renewable?

Yes, the Barry Goldwater Scholarship  is renewable.

Is this scholarship open to international or DACA students?

No, this scholarship is only open to U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents.

Where can I find help writing my scholarship essay?

For help writing the essay component of this scholarship application, check out our guides How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay and How to Start a Scholarship Essay (With Examples).
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