How to apply...
The faculty representative of an institution is the key person in the Goldwater selection process and serves as liaison between his or her institution and the Foundation. The faculty representative is responsible for publicizing the Goldwater Scholarship on campus, soliciting recommendations on outstanding students with proven capability and potential in the fields of mathematics, science and engineering from members of the faculty, and conducting a competition on campus in order to determine the best qualified nominees from the institution. The faculty representative assists the nominees in the preparation of the nomination package and ensures that they are accurate, complete, and forwarded to the Goldwater Scholarship Review Panel by the stated deadline for the competition. The following information must be included on the official nomination materials with each scholarship nomination: 1. An institution nomination form signed by the faculty representative stating that the nominee meets the qualifications for the scholarship. 2. Biographical data and educational background information regarding past and future academic plans and career goals must be submitted. 3. A 600 word essay by the nominee discussing a significant issue or problem in his or her field of study of interest must be submitted. 4. Three independent letters of evaluation from faculty members or others qualified to assess the nominee's performance and potential for a career in the nominee's chosen field of study must be submitted. 5. All transcripts from secondary schools and colleges attended must be submitted.
Note: Each program will indicate whether applications are to be submitted to the Federal headquarters, regional or local office, or to a State or local government office.
Each nominee will be evaluated by an independent review panel of academicians and college administrators from colleges and universities throughout the United States. In awarding scholarships, the Foundation Board of Trustees will consider the nominee's field of study and career objectives and the extent to which that individual has the commitment and potential to make a significant contribution to his or her chosen field of study. It is expected that students selected as scholars will pursue advanced degrees. Final selection of candidates is recommended by the independent review panel. The Board of Trustees will name up to 300 Goldwater Scholars.
Note: Grant payments may be made by a letter of credit, advance by Treasury check, or reimbursement by Treasury check.
Awards may be made by the headquarters office directly to the applicant, an agency field office, a regional office,
or by an authorized county office. The assistance may pass through the initial applicant for further distribution by
intermediate level applicants to groups or individuals in the private sector.