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.
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.