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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.  Up to 300 students in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering who will be juniors and seniors in the 2013-2014 academic year will be selected for scholarships of up to $7500/year by the Barry M. Goldwater Foundation. Applicants must be nominated by their institutions.

Eligibility Requirements

    • Be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher education during the application year.
    • Have a college grade-point average of at least "B" (or the equivalent) and be in the upper fourth of his or her class.  (while this is the official minimum GPA, the average applicant GPA is 3.87)
    • Be a United States citizen, U.S. National, or a permanent resident
    • Interest in an academic career in mathematics, the natural sciences, computer science, technology, or engineering
      • Due to the college structure at Purdue, natural science majors are not all offered through the College of Science.  Please don't limit your eligibility based on your college or school enrollment, the criteria above is listed in broad areas, not by colleges
      • A list detailing majors of previous Goldwater recipients can be found here.
      • Goldwater Scholarships are not applicable for students planning to pursue professional degrees such as MD, DVM, PharmD except in extremely rare instances where applicants provide strong evidence of a planned career in research.

Characteristics of a Competitive Application

    • Commitment to pursuing an advanced degree in his or her field
    • Commitment and potential to make a significant contribution to his or her field
    • Research experience
    • Strong academic record (GPA ≥3.7)
    • Extra-curricular activities

Application Procedure

Step 1 is to indicate intent to apply for the Goldwater Scholarship by submitting a Registration Form here no later than November 4, 2013

This questionnaire includes submission of your recommenders and should not be submitted until you have identified those individuals and they have agreed to provide a recommendation.  In response to this submission, you will receive detailed application instructions, and your recommenders will receive an email from NISO with information about the scholarship, submission instructions, and tips for writing a strong Goldwater Scholarship recommendation letter.

All applicants must be nominated by their college or university.  As such, Purdue applicants are reviewed by an internal committee and 4 nominees are sent forward to the Goldwater Foundation for consideration.   Application regulations and formatting instructions are available on the Goldwater Foundation website.  As there is a preliminary process, the submission information on that site may be confusing.  Please see below for the campus application details, but be sure to thoroughly review the official application instructions for additional information.  Goldwater Application - How to Apply

Students applying for Purdue nomination must submit through the campus preliminary application process.  All application materials must be submitted to the National and International Scholarships Office as follows

All Materials submitted to the NISO Director via email 

1)  Recommendations

        • Recommenders listed on the Registration Form receive guidelines and submission information directly from NISO.
        • Recommendations are submitted to NISO for the campus application process, recommenders are only registered in the online application for nominees selected for the national competition.

2)  Online Application at www.act.org/goldwater

        • Complete all questions EXCEPT the recommendation section.  DO NOT enter recommenders into the online application.
        • Once all questions are completed (except the recommender section), save the application as a PDF to submit via email

3)  Nominee Essay

        • does not need to be signed for campus submission

4)  Purdue Transcript

        • should be ordered via MyPurdue, sent directly to the NISO Director's email

5)  Transcript(s) from other institutions that nominee attended (if any)

6)  Copy of the nominee's Permanent Resident card and letter of intent to become U.S. citizen, if nominee's citizenship status is permanent resident.


All application materials must be submitted by the campus deadline