Goldwater Scholarship

Background:  The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Goldwater and to endow a recognition program to foster excellence in science and mathematics.

The Scholarships:  About 300 grants of up to $7,500 to sophomores (for two years) or juniors (for one year) who are planning careers in science or mathematics and who plan to earn a Ph.D. Every American university may nominate up to four candidates.

Application:  Biographical information, including activities, employment, research experience, professional aspirations, personal background, and an essay about a significant problem or issue in your field of study. Both high school and college transcripts are required.

Who Should Apply:  The Goldwater Scholarship is highly competitive. Almost all Furman winners have had grade-point averages of about 3.90; have had strong, long-term science-connected extracurricular activities and research experience; and plan to earn a Ph.D.

References:  Three recommendations are required, at least two of which must be from faculty members in the student's major. Students who have done collaborative research with a faculty member must have a recommendation from that person.

For More Information:  Visit the Goldwater Scholarship website.

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