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Barry Goldwater Scholarship

Barry Goldwater Scholarship

The Barry Goldwater Foundation awards scholarships to undergraduate students interested in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering. Sophomores and/or juniors who plan to conduct research during their junior and/or senior semesters are eligible to apply.

**Please be advised that Goldwater recipients MUST use the award to fund four (4) semesters of study for junior recipients and two (2) semesters of study for seniors recipients.** NO EXCEPTIONS.

Barry Goldwater Scholarship & Excellence in Education Foundation

The application process consists of online submissions to the Goldwater site (Profile, Pre-Application, and if advanced, the Full Application).

How to Apply

  • Complete the Student Profile and Pre-application on the Goldwater website and the Domestic Prestigious Opportunities Pre-Application Form.
  • If your Goldwater Pre-application is accepted by Spelman's Review Committee, you will be prompted to complete a full application via the Goldwater website.
  • You will also receive a link to your unique shared drive folder where you will upload all your application materials.
  • You are encouraged to work with a Faculty Mentor during the application process.
  • The full application, including supporting materials, is due the second Monday in October by 5 p.m. EDT. Save your application as a PDF, and upload all your application materials to your shared drive folder.
  • Supporting documentation includes:
    • Copy of unofficial transcript
    • Current resume
    • Three letters of recommendation. Recommenders will receive a unique link to upload their recommendation letter to your application file.
  • The Spelman Review Committee will review all applicants and select the most qualified for an internal interview.
  • Interviews are scheduled for the beginning of November.

Please note that we may only select four applicants to advance to the Goldwater Foundation.

Contact Us

Office of Undergraduate Studies
350 Spelman Lane SW, Box 1349
Atlanta, GA 30314
404-270-5698 (fax)

PFS Forms

Cover Sheet & Checklist (PDF)
Faculty Mentor Form (PDF)


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