Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program

Want to talk over your ideas?  Meet with your departmental representative first. You may also see a Peer Scholarship Advisor.

Congratulations to Goldwater Scholars Lyuba Bolkhovitinov, Bernadette Deschaine, Melissa Guidry, and Honorable Mentione Jessica Joyce! Read about them here.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. 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 careers in these fields. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually.

Highly motivated William and Mary students with outstanding academic records who plan to pursue research careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering are encouraged to apply for nomination. In 2016, the campus pre-application deadline is 12 noon Monday November 14.

The pre-application consists of:

  • the Goldwater application form (available on the Goldwater site - please COMPLETE but DO NOT SUBMIT IT ONLINE by the pre-app deadline, you will be able to edit it later (print out a copy of the application and email it as a .pdf attachment to [[lmgrim, Lisa Grimes]]
  • the Goldwater essay - see description, below (email as a .pdf attachment to [[lmgrim, Lisa Grimes]]
  • a Banner transcript, including fall 2016 courses (email as a .pdf attachment to [[lmgrim, Lisa Grimes]]
  • a list of your three faculty recommenders, their departments and email addresses (sent in the body of the email containing your essay and transcript)

Note: no letters of recommendation are due at this time but you should speak to all of your potential recommenders to be sure they're willing to write for you.

Please read all of the information on the Goldwater site carefully.

Potential applicants should consult with their departmental representative before they begin work on the application. Departmental representatives on the campus Nomination Committee are as follows:

  • Biology: [[mjwawe, Matthew Wawersik]], 221-2237, ISC 2139
  • Chemistry: [[, Elizabeth Harbron]], 221-2557, ISC 2047
  • Computer Science: Andreas Stathopolous,, 221-3483, McGlothlin-Street 104-B
  • Geology: [[beowen, Brent Owens]], 221-1813, McGlothlin-Street 214
  • Mathematics: [[gyu, Gexin Yu]], 221-2040, Jones Hall 127
  • Physics: [[ixnovi, Irina Novikova]], 221-3693, Small 251

Please see the representative from your department if you have specific questions about your application. You may send them an email by clicking on their names.

The Essay

The Goldwater essay should discuss a significant issue or problem in the student’s field of study that is of particular interest to the student. The student’s essay must include a description of the issue or problem, discussion of an idea for research that would have significant impact on the issue or problem, describing an aspect of the research in which the student would be involved, and explaining the relevance of the issue or problem to the student as a mathematician, scientist, or engineer.

The content and style of the student’s essay will be important to the success of the student’s scholarship application. The student should assume that the reader is knowledgeable in mathematics, science, and engineering, and will have the expertise to read, review, and understand the complexities of the student’s field of specialty. If the student’s essay involves research in which they are or were involved, they should indicate if they are or were the sole researcher or if they collaborated with another individual.

The student should prepare a carefully thought out, well-researched response to the essay question. The essay should be typed and confined to two pages (one side only), single or double spaced. Font size may not be smaller than 11 point. The essay will need to be mailed in with the transcripts and other supporting documents.

The student should include a bibliography, references, or illustrations, when appropriate, as part of the essay. The essay must include the following identifying information at the top of each page:
a.    Student’s Name
b.    Name of student’s college or university
c.    Student's signature

The Process
Please note: these dates replace the "Important Dates" on the Goldwater website

The Goldwater Nomination Committee will review the pre-applications and invite selected applicants to submit full application on December 1. At that time, selected applicants will be asked to secure letters of recommendation and to submit their complete application online. In 2017, the deadline for this is noon on Monday, January 9. An official W&M transcript (including Fall 2016 grades) and official transcripts - with grades - from all other institution of higher learning attended (study abroad, summer school, etc.) are due to the Charles Center by this date as well. For the W&M transcript, you may request that an eScript be sent to Lisa Grimes. The Nomination Committee will choose the College's nominees from this pool and notify all applicants by 5 p.m. on Friday, January 13, 2017

The decisions of the Nomination Committee are final.

Nominees will have time to fine-tune their application.  Final applications must be submitted online no later than Friday, January 27, 2017.

Read the information on the Goldwater website and the application materials very carefully before you begin to fill them out. Please contact campus Goldwater representative [[lmgrim, Lisa Grimes]] if you have general questions about your application or about the Goldwater process.

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