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About Goldwater Scholarship

Barry Goldwater

Founded in recognition of U.S. Senator Barry M. Goldwater, this scholarship fund seeks to recognize distinguished students in the fields of mathematics, science, and engineering. 

The Goldwater trust is a merit award for future American researchers and scientists. Available only to undergraduate students majoring in mathematics, science, or engineering, the Goldwater provides an award of up to $7,500 for the remaining year(s) of undergraduate study.


  • Be a sophomore or junior at the time of application (graduating in May 2019 - August 2020);
  • Be a U.S. citizen, national/resident alien;
  • Have a highly competitive grade point average;
  • Obtain institutional nomination;
  • Submit UNM Preliminary Application by 10/31.

Relevant websites:

  1. Goldwater Scholarship Official Website

Goldwater Applicants

The Goldwater Scholarship application requires an institutional endorsement. All applicants of the Goldwater Scholarship have to go through the institutional selection process first. The NISF selection committee will review your application and select four nominees from the University of New Mexico.

Application Process:

  1. Attend the NISF information sessions held in October.
  2. Submit the UNM Preliminary Online Application by 11:59 pm, October 31.
  3. UNM Nominees will be announced mid-November.
  4. The Scholarship deadline is usually at the end of January.

Goldwater Nominees

Tips for Goldwater Application

Application Process Deadlines

October 31UNM Preliminary Application Due
November 20UNM Nominees Notified via Email - Start working on Goldwater Online Application
December 2Submit your Pre-Application and confirm your recommenders
December 21First Draft Due
JanuarySubmit non-UNM transcript to CAELD office, Recommendation Letters Due
JanuaryComplete and submit your application form
January 26 (Last Friday in January)Deadline of Online application
Late MarchScholars Announced on their website
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