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Goldwater Scholarship


The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program honors Senator Barry Goldwater, who served as a soldier and statesman for 56 years. The purpose of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation is to alleviate a shortage of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers.

Goldwater Scholarships may cover eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually.


The Foundation will award undergraduate merit scholarships to outstanding students. To be considered for nomination, a student must:

  • Be a full-time sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited institution;
  • Have the intent to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering;
  • Have a college grade-point average of at least a “B” and be in the upper further of his or her class;
  • Be a United States Citizen or a permanent resident.


Applicants must be nominated by Kent State University to be considered. An institution may nominate up to four students.  Interested students should contact Kent State Faculty Representative Pamela Tontodonatoto discuss the application.


Required elements of the application include:
  • Institutional Nomination
  • Nominee Application Form
  • Nominee Essay
  • Official Academic Transcripts

Application Schedule and Deadlines

  • Application Deadline                         Late January
    (Online Submission of Student Application, Recommendations, and Faculty Representative Nomination)
  • Supporting Document                       Early February
  • Status Notification                              Late March

KSU Deadline

End of first week of spring semester prior to academic year of award.

For more information, visit the Barry Goldwater Foundation website.

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