The Goldwater Scholarship is a highly prestigious national award that recognizes the nation’s top undergraduates in science, math, and engineering fields. Goldwater Scholars receive funding for their final year or two of undergraduate study, and are well-positioned for graduate school applications and awards.
A student must be nominated by their home institution to apply for the Goldwater Scholarship. At Drexel, we hold an open campus competition for those four nomination spots; the required pre-application deadline is in late October or early November.
See How to Apply for more information.
Who can apply? Who should apply?
The Goldwater Scholarship was created to encourage outstanding students to pursue research careers and foster excellence in STEM fields. The Goldwater program is looking for students with the talent, passion, and preparation to become leading researchers in STEM fields.
To be eligible, you must:
- be a US citizen or permanent resident
- be enrolled full-time in an eligible STEM field or major
- have minimum 3.0 GPA
- have between 1-2 academic years of full-time undergraduate study remaining*
- be nominated by your home institution (details below)
Goldwater Scholars typically have:
- GPA above 3.8
- Strong research experience
- A record of publishing and/or presenting their research at conferences
- Plans to pursue advanced degrees, usually the PhD**
- Vision and commitment to pursuing research career in your field
*Transfer students are especially encouraged to apply.
** Note that 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 practicing physician.
See Drexel students who have received the Goldwater.
How to Apply
To apply for the Goldwater Scholarship, you must be nominated by Drexel University. We hold an open campus competition for nomination beginning in November.
Applying for nomination involves a few steps:
Step 1: Get Ready
Students interested in applying for the Goldwater Scholarship are encouraged to do the following well in advance of the campus nomination deadline:
Step 2: Apply for Nomination
You MUST submit a campus application to be considered for university nomination. Complete Step 1 and submit a Goldwater Profile and Pre-App to receive an application. The pre-app is NOT the application for nomination; you must submit a draft of the actual application. Please note that we will not give draft feedback before selecting nominees.
Required Internal Application Deadline: November 1
Drexel's Goldwater Nominating Committee, composed of STEM faculty and a Center for Scholar Development rep, will review applications and select up to four
Goldwater Nominees will be announced shortly thereafter and provided with feedback for revising the application materials. Sample application materials are available on the Drexel Fellowships Resource Site.
Step 3: Nominee Application Review
Campus review deadline (for nominees): Late December
Nominated students will submit a full application, including letters of recommendation by this date. Nominees will meet with the nominating committee in early January to discuss their applications and receive feedback.
Step 5. National Application Deadline
Goldwater's national deadline is typically in late January.
More information about the Goldwater Scholarship, including application tips and samples, is available on the Drexel Fellowships Resource Site.
For official information on the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program, visit https://goldwater.scholarsapply.org
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Fields of Study:
- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
- US Citizen
- US National or Permanent Resident
- Expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board; up to a maximum of $7,500 annually
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