Barry Goldwater Scholarship

Estimated annual campus deadline: Mid-December

The Goldwater Scholarship supports developing science, mathematics, and engineering students who demonstrate exemplary academics and potential in research.

Eligibility: Sophmores or Juniors; U.S. citizens or permanent residents; GPA 3.8 or higher; mathematics, natural sciences, or engineering

Award amount: $7,500 annually

Campus nomination: required for all UCSB applicants.

UCSB campus application information

Class Level: 

  • Sophomore
  • Junior

Scholarship Deadline: 

December 20, 2017

Expanded Scholarship Details: 

The purpose of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation is to provide a source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. The Trustees intend to award up to 300 Goldwater Scholarships. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually. Students must be nominated by their colleges or universities for the Goldwater Scholarship.

Students should send an email the Scholarships Coordinator at  scholarships@ltsc.ucsb.edu,  indicating their interest in the Goldwater Scholarship. The Scholarship Coordinator in the College of Letters and Science works with closely with UCSB undergraduates, regardless of their colleges, who apply for the Goldwater or other major scholarships, and it is important that students consult with the coordinator well before the application deadline.

Conditions of Eligibility:

  • Be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher education during the academic year of application. "Sophomore" is defined as a student who plans two more years of full-time undergraduate study beginning September of the application year. Sophomore nominees can expect to receive a maximum of two years of support. Students in two -year colleges who plan to transfer to a baccalaureate program at another institution may be nominated. "Junior" is defined as a student who plans one more year of full-time undergraduate study beginning September of the application year. Junior nominees can expect to receive a maximum of one year of support.
  • Have a college grade-point average of at least "B" (or the equivalent) and be in the upper fourth of his or her class. Please note that only students with exemplary academic records (GPA > 3.8) and substantive evidence of aptitude for their desired graduate programs will be competitive.
  • Be a United States citizen, a resident alien, or, in the case of nominees from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands, a United States national. Nominations from resident aliens must include a letter of the nominee's intent to obtain U.S. citizenship and a photocopy of the Alien Registration Card.

Application Procedures:

Campus Application Deadline: December 20, 2017 (no exceptions)

Online application and application guidelines are available at the Goldwater Scholarship Website.

Please adhere to the directions outlined in the “Candidacy Information and Instructions”, submitting the following for campus review:

  • Completion of the online pre-application, signifying your interest in the Goldwater scholarship.
  • Completion of the full online application, including the research essay and all letters of recommendation.
  • Uploading of the three letters of recommendation: After you have filled out the full application, you must communicate with our office in order to trigger the E-mails to your recommenders to request they upload their letters. The letter request should be triggered before the application is submitted in order to ensure your recommenders have time to send their letters to us before the campus deadline.
  • A carefully thought out, well-researched research essay—see the Goldwater website for details. The essay must be uploaded to the online application.  The essay guidelines specified in the Goldwater “Applicant Information and Instructions” must be followed to the letter!
  • If the nominee is not a citizen and has permanent resident status, a copy of the nominee's Permanent Resident Card and a letter of intent to become a U.S. citizen must be uploaded to the online application.
  • Hard copies of official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have ever attended, including UCSB.  Please request these early so they are received at our office before the campus deadline. For UCSB Official Transcripts, eTranscripts may also be used for the most reliable and rapid delivery.  Please select "eTranscript" in GOLD's official transcript ordering service and have your official eTranscript sent to: nick@ltsc.ucsb.edu

Hard copies of official transcripts should be mailed directly to:

Attention: Scholarships Coordinator
Nick Alward-Saxon
1117 Cheadle Hall
Division of Undergraduate Education
College of Letters and Science
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-2085