The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship program accepts applications from sophomores and juniors (defined as students who expect to spend one to two more years to complete their undergraduate degrees). The program is named for former Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater, who was committed to encouraging Americans to pursue careers in science and mathematics. Goldwater Scholars receive 1-2 years of support for college expenses, up to $7,500 per year.
More importantly, they receive a crucial stamp of approval indicating that they have the potential to excel nationally and internationally as scholars, researchers, and professors in their respective fields. A significant number of Goldwater Scholars later competed successfully for prestigious graduate fellowships and scholarships, such as the Rhodes and Marshall scholarships.