To be considered for nomination as a Goldwater Scholar, a student must:
1. Be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher education during the 2010-2011 academic year. “Sophomore” is defined as a student who plans two more years of full-time undergraduate study beginning September 2011. Sophomore nominees can expect to receive a maximum of two years of support. Students in two-year colleges who plan to transfer to a baccalaureate program at another institution may be nominated. “Junior” is defined as a student who plans one more year of full-time undergraduate study beginning September 2010. Junior nominees can expect to receive a maximum of one year of support.
2. Have a college grade-point average of at least “B” (or the equivalent) and be in the upper fourth of his or her class.
3. Be a United States citizen, a permanent resident, or, in the case of nominees from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands, a United States national. Nominations from permanent residents must include a letter of the nominee’s intent to obtain U.S. citizenship and a photocopy of the Permanent Resident Card (formerly known as the Alien Registration Card).
Who They Are Looking For
Selectors seek students who demonstrate a strong commitment to a career in math, science, or engineering; display intellectual curiosity and intensity; and possess potential for significant future contributions in their chosen field. It is expected that Goldwater scholars will pursue advanced degrees. Students who plan to study medicine are eligible only if they plan a research career rather than a career as a medical doctor in private practice.
Typical fields of study include, but are not limited to, applied science, astronomy, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, entomology, environmental science, genetics, geology, mathematics, microbiology, neurobiology, physics, zoology, and all fields of engineering. Illinois may nominate up to four students for the Goldwater Scholarship.
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship provides up to $7,500 per year for undergraduate educational expenses. Sophomores and juniors majoring in mathematics, sciences, and engineering who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents in the upper quarter of their class (typically a minimum 3.6 GPA) are eligible to apply.