Penn State College of Engineering Penn State College of Engineering

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Application Deadline:



sophomore and juniors


The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate.

The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields.


1. Be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher education during this academic year. "Sophomore" is defined as a student who plans two more years of full-time undergraduate study beginning next Fall. 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 this Fall. 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).

Terms of Award:

Four-year institutions are eligible to nominate up to four students who are in the sophomore or junior class.

Scholarships cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year, and they are renewable.

To be considered, a student must be nominated by his or her college or university using the official online nomination process on the Foundation's website.

Please Submit:

1) Download the application at the web site:
2) Complete application and all supporting materials, and deliver to: The Undergraduate Fellowships Office, 11-A Grange Building by the Campus

A completed application consists of the following:
1) Nominee Information Form (signed and dated)
2) Nominee's Essay (signed and dated)
3) Three (3) recommendation letters
4) Unofficial transcripts (download from e-Lion)

Note: Official Transcripts are necessary only if you become one of Penn State's final four nominees. The Penn State Goldwater Selection Committee will select Penn State's final four nominees.

If you have further questions, contact: Undergraduate Fellowships Office at 863-8199 or email:

University Fellowships Office
Ruth Mendum, Director
212 Boucke Building
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 863-8199

Online Application: