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 academic or research careers in these fields.

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.

It is expected that students selected as scholars will pursue advanced degrees, and nearly all Goldwater Scholars intend to pursue doctoral degrees.  In awarding scholarships, the Foundation Board of Trustees will consider the nominee's field of study and career objectives and the extent to which that individual has the commitment and potential to make a significant contribution to his or her field.

Students who plan to study medicine are eligible for a Goldwater Scholarship only if they plan a research career rather than a career as a medical doctor in a private practice.

Initial Bowdoin Deadline:
11/9/2023 (noon)

Campus Interview:

Final Bowdoin Deadline:
1/24/2024 (noon)

Campus Contact:
Corey Colwill

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Each year, the Trustees receive approximately 1,200 applications and in late March award approximately 450 Goldwater Scholarships to outstanding students, to be known as Barry M. Goldwater Scholars.