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Announcing the 2020 Goldwater Scholarship!

Announcing the 2020 Goldwater Scholarship!

Scholarship for sophomores/juniors interested in a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. 

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program is seeking student applicants who exhibit a strong commitment to a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, and eligible engineering disciplines.  Students who intend to pursue a doctoral degree and who show the potential for a significant future contribution in their field of study are encouraged to apply. 

Established by Congress in 1986, the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation seeks to alleviate a critical current and future shortage of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers who will foster excellence in those fields.   

In April 2020, the Foundation will award scholarships to students who will be college sophomores or juniors during the 2019-2020 academic year. 

The scholarship award covers eligible expenses (tuition, fees, books, room and board) up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.  Junior scholarship recipients can expect to receive a maximum of two years of support.  Senior scholarship recipients are eligible for a maximum of one year of support.

Each nominee’s field of study and career objectives, as well as his or her commitment and potential to make a significant contribution to his or her field, will be considered during the selection process.  To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a current full-time sophomore or junior, pursuing a baccalaureate degree
  • Have at least a 3.8 college grade-point average
  • Stand in the upper fourth of your class
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or U.S. national

To apply for one of the FOUR West Virginia University nomination spots, please go to and complete a "Pre-Application." If we determine you are eligible to apply, we will release the full online application to you. A committee will then select four applications to be submitted by West Virginia University to the national review committee. The university’s deadline for applications is November 5, 2019.

Please contact Cate Johnson in the ASPIRE Office at for questions.