Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program


In 1986 Congress established the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. This program’s purpose 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. UCSC has once again been given the opportunity to nominate four applicants, but in a new development for this year, the Goldwater Foundation is offering one additional nominee making us eligible for five nominees, as long as at least one of the nominees is a transfer student from a community college.  This is significant, so please make every effort to encourage the incoming transfer student cohort to apply, if eligible.

Additionally, they have opened the competition to the field of Psychology, so we are including the Psychology department to this year’s call. 

In brief, the eligible applicants are those who:

  • will be full-time college junior or senior in the 2020-2021 academic year 

  • have a college grade point average of at least “B” (or the equivalent) and are in the upper fourth of their class

  • are a United States citizen or permanent resident (with intent to become a citizen)

The criteria for evaluation of applicants include:

  • intent to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering, a complete list of primary fields of study is attached

  • intent to pursue advanced degrees

  • commitment to career objectives and potential to make a significant contribution to his/her field

  • outstanding academic performance

While research in medicine is not supported by the National Science Foundation, students interested in pursuing careers in medicine or veterinary medicine are eligible for a Goldwater Scholarship IF RESEARCH IS A CENTRAL PART OF THE STUDENT’S CAREER GOALS.

Barry Goldwater Scholarship