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Goldwater Scholarship

Program Information

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater. The purpose of the program is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding merit-based scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields.


To be eligible for a Goldwater Scholarship you must gain the WVU nomination and be:

  • A full-time sophomore or junior at the time of the application with plans to pursue an advanced degree in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering
  • Have research experience
  • In the upper fourth of your graduating class with a GPA of at least a 3.0
  • A U.S. citizen or a permanent resident

* Note: Students interested in pursuing careers in medicine or veterinary medicine are eligible for a Goldwater Scholarship if research is a central part of the student's career goals.

Award Information

The Goldwater Scholarship covers eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 annually. Junior-level recipients are eligible for a maximum of one year support and sophomore-level recipients are eligible for a maximum of two years support.

Learn more information about the Goldwater Scholarship.