University of Vermont
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
by the U.S. Congress in 1986, the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and
Excellence in Education Program was established to address current and
future shortages of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians and
engineers and, today, continues to support the education of outstanding
individuals in those fields of study and research.
Scholars receive up to $7500/year, during their Junior and/or Senior
years, to cover eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room
and board and are selected by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and
Excellence in Education Foundation from a pool of nominees provided by
institutions of higher education in the United States. The University
of Vermont can nominate up to 4 students each year to compete for this
award. For 2011, the Foundation expects to award up to 300 Goldwater
Scholarships (from a pool of more than 1500 highly qualified
To be considered for nomination as a Goldwater Scholar, you must:
- be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior during the 2010-2011 academic year,
a college GPA of at least 3.00 AND be in the top 25% of your class
(nominees typically have a GPA greater than 3.50 and successful
nominees, greater than 3.85),
a U.S. citizen, a resident alien intending on obtaining U.S.
citizenship, or a U.S. national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth
of the Mariana Islands.
interested in pursuing a career in mathematics, the natural sciences or
engineering (students planning on studying medicine are eligible only if they plan on a research career).
from will be evaluated by an independent review committee appointed by
the Foundation. Nominees must demonstrate outstanding academic
performance and the potential for and commitment to a career in
mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. In awarding
scholarships, the Foundation will also consider the nominee's field of
study, career objectives, and their commitment and potential to make
signficiant contributions to their field. It is expected that Goldwater
Scholars will pursue advanced degrees. Typical fields of study include
(but are not limited to): applied science, astronomy, biochemistry,
biology, botany, chemistry, computer science, electrical engineering,
environmental science, geology, mathematics, mechanical engineering,
microbiology, molecular genetics, neurobiology, physics, and zoology.
Applicants must complete and submit the following:
- Nominee Information Form: including biographical and background information as well as interests and future career plans. (ONLINE)
- Nominee's Essay: a 600-word essay discussing a signficant issue or problem in the nominee's field of study. (NOT Online)
- Letters of Recommendation:
three letters from 1) a faculty member who can discuss the nominee's
career potential, 2) a faculty member in the nominee's field of study,
and 3) another individual/faculty member who can attest to the
nominee's potential. (ONLINE)
- Academic Transcripts: a current college transcript (showing all college grades). (NOT Online)
to meet with the UVM Goldwater Scholarship faculty coordinator
(Professor Rory Waterman, Dept of Chemistry, Rory.Waterman@uvm.edu) to obtain more information and/or to indicate your intent to apply for the scholarship
- Submit, no later than noon, Friday December 10, 2010,
a completed application package (including: nominee information form,
nominee's essay, letters of recommendation, and college transcripts). Application materials not entered online should be delivered to: The Honors College.
UVM selection committee will evaluate the submitted applications based
on the above evaluation criteria and will select up to 4 applicants as
UVM's nominees for the 2011 Goldwater Scholarship program.
endorsed as UVM's nominees will be given constructive feedback from the
UVM selection committee and will have the opportunity to revise their
application materials before submitting final application materials to
be forwarded to the Goldwater Scholarship Foundation with official UVM
nomination forms (application deadline: January 31, 2011).
Board of the Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education
Foundation select the 2011 Goldwater Scholars and Alternates in mid-March 2011; nominees will be informed of their status in the Program by the end of March 2011.
Important Links/Contact Information
- Official Goldwater Scholarship Website - www.act.org/goldwater
-the definitive source for information and application materials
- The UVM Goldwater Scholarship Website
-you are here!
- Application forms: http://www.act.org/goldwater/apply/index.html
-applications for the 2011 award competition are now submitted ONLINE
- UVM Goldwater Faculty Contact: Professor Rory Waterman, Dept of Chemistry, Cook Physical Sciences Building, Room A129
Last updated on July 13, 2011