Goldwater Scholarship

This scholarship is intended for students who will be juniors or seniors in 2015-16. It provides up to $7,500 for undergraduate tuition, fees, books and room and board. The scholarship is extremely competitive (winners had a average GPA of 3.95 in 2013), and is restricted to those intending to go to graduate school in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. Applicants must be US citizens, or permanent residents prepared to certify that they intend to apply for citizenship.

The trustees of the foundation may award up to 300 grants per year, and there is an attempt to distribute these equally among the states of the union. Applicants apply as representatives of the state in which they have legal residence.

Applicants are evaluated on three characteristics:

  • Demonstrated potential for and commitment to a research career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.
  • Outstanding academic performance.
  • Potential for a significant future contribution to research in their chosen field.

The process:

If you wish to apply for a Goldwater Scholarship you should send an Intent to Apply Form, available on the Goldwater page of the Carleton Fellowships site, to Michael Flynn ( by December 1, 2014. (Electronic submissions are welcome.)

In the meantime, go to the Goldwater website ( Click on the link Apply Now. That will take you to a page where you can download important documents that you should read carefully. Then, click on the Apply Now! link and you will be taken to a registration page. Once you fill out the information you have access to the application. You can fill it out over several sessions. Don’t worry about accidentally officially submitting it to the Goldwater Foundation because only the Faculty Representative can do that. You will be sent an email message with the User ID and the Password you selected.

By 9:00 am on Friday, January 9, 2015, Michael Flynn, the Faculty Representative must have the following:

  • Four hard copies of your essay
  • An official Carleton transcript
  • Other college transcripts if applicable

If you are not a US citizen, a copy of your Permanent Resident card and a Letter of Intent to become a US citizen.

Professor Flynn will also download and make copies of your application. All this material will be given to the interviewers (three Carleton faculty). You will be notified no later than 5:00 pm on Monday, January 12 about the time and location of your interview, which will take place that week. (All applicants are interviewed.) No later than 5:00 pm on Monday, January 19, you will be informed whether or not you are one of Carleton’s nominees. (We are allowed no more than four.)

The nominees will then have an additional week to polish their applications, with guidance from the interviewers. Recommenders will be notified by the Faculty Representative that letters for the nominees are required. These should be uploaded to the Goldwater site no later than Monday, January 26. Final versions of student applications will be officially submitted by the Faculty Representative on Monday, January 26. The Faculty Representative will send supporting documents (including the applicants’ essays) to the Goldwater Foundation.

Winners are announced by the Goldwater Foundation in late March.

Internal Deadline: 9:00am on Friday, January 9, 2015

Official Deadline:  January 26, 2015

Faculty Adviser:  Mike Flynn, Interim Director of External Fellowships, Goodsell 101C, x4020

Official Website:


Carleton Recipients 

2015 Honorable Mentions:  Joseph Slote '16 and Erin Roth '16

2014 Recipients: Vayu Maini Rekdal '15 and Carolyn Ann Raithel '15

2013 Recipients:Nick Jones '14 and Zach Wood-Doughty '14

2012 Recipients:  Thomas Callister '13 and Michael Cvitkovic '13

2011 Recipients:  James Morrissey '12 and Cody Finke '12

2011 Honorable Mention: Michael Coughlin '12

2010 Honorable Mention:  Kayla Nygaard '12 and Sarah Schlotter '12

2009 Recipient:  Anna Jolene Mork '10