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The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

The purpose of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, as stated in the enabling legislation, is to alleviate a critical current and future shortage of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. A more realistic statement of the purpose, in today's terms, is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified individuals to those fields of academic study and research. The foundation seeks those who have outstanding potential and intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering (from the website).

Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually. Applicants must…

  • Be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior

  • Have a college grade-point average of at least "B" (or the equivalent) and be in the upper fourth of his or her class.

  • 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.

CAMPUS DEADLINE: December 1, this includes all letters of recommendation 

  1. Complete the Goldwater Preapplication and call the office at x5263 to schedule an appointment to meet with Lisa Kooperman if you haven't done so already. Please be sure to read these instructions thoroughly as there is information about the required essay and letters of recommendations here.
  2. Use the Recommendation Registration Form to register three people to serve as your referees. You must register your writers before you submit your application and inform them that the letters are due by the campus deadline. 

  3. You will upload your transcripts and a confidentiality waiver (if you do not have one on file) using the Recommendation Registration Form, please be prepared to do this when you go to complete the Recommendation Registration form.

  4. Submit your application through the Goldwater system by the campus deadline, the application will come to the fellowships office and will be forwarded to the committee for review.

The Goldwater Committee will meet in mid-December to select up to four Vassar nominees. Those selected will have some time over break for editing and revising, if necessary. Applications for the 4 nominees will be submitted to Goldwater in late January.

For Letter Writers: Candidates should register their references through the Recommendation Registration Form as outlined above. Once registered, writers will receive a link to this form Letter of Recommendation Submission Form. If you haven't received an email please follow up with the applicant to ensure that you have been registered to write on his/her behalf. You may access this form at any time through this site, however you cannot save information and return to the form at a later date.

Candidates who are nominated to move forward in the national competition will formally register those writing a letter of recommendation on their behalf through the Goldwater application system. This is separate from the campus process which means writers may be asked to submit their letters twice through two different systems.

Vassar Recipients and Honorable Mentions