Goldwater Scholarship

Eligibility

This scholarship is intended for students who will be juniors or seniors in 2016-17. The scholarship is extremely competitive (the average GPA of winners in recent years has been in the 3.9-4.0 range), 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.

Deadlines

November 30, 2016:  Intent to Apply Form due

12:00 noon on January 4, 2017:  Carleton deadline for all application materials

January 27, 2017:  Official deadline

Purpose

The mission of the Goldwater Foundation and its scholarship program is to help develop the nation’s next generation of researchers in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering. 

Awards

A Goldwater Scholarship provides up to $7,500 for undergraduate tuition, fees, books and room and board.  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.

Application Process

A visit to the Goldwater website will help you decide if applying for the scholarship makes sense to you. You may fill out the intent to apply form at any time before November 30, 2016, and Carleton’s Office of Student Fellowships will then open the full application to you. 

You can fill out the Goldwater application over several sessions, but you are unable to submit it officially (that is the responsibility of the Director of Student Fellowships). Once you have registered, you will be sent an email message with the User ID and the password you selected.

By 12 noon on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, you must submit the following to the Office of Student Fellowships, Laird 131:

  • 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.

Letters of recommendation must be submitted via the Goldwater Scholarship site by the same deadline of 12 noon, Wednesday, January 4, 2017.

A campus committee will review all materials submitted and identify Carleton’s nominees (we are allowed no more than four) and notify all applicants of the decision by 5pm on January 11, 2017

The nominees will have until 5pm on January 20, 2017 to revise and polish their materials for submission, with guidance from the Director of Student Fellowships and their faculty mentors.  Marynel will submit the final versions of the applications and all supporting documents to the Goldwater Foundation in time for the official deadlines. Winners are announced by the Goldwater Foundation in late March.

Selection Process

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.

Campus Representative 

Marynel Ryan Van Zee, Director of Student Fellowships, Laird 131, x4300, myranvanzee

Official Website

Goldwater Foundation

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