A service of the University Honors Program for all KU undergraduates

Goldwater Scholarship

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship provides up to $7,500 per year for tuition, fees, room and board for undergraduate students in STEM fields. Students can apply during their “sophomore” or “junior” year (as determined by time left to graduation). Selection criteria include extensive research experience and a high GPA (usually 3.8 or higher); only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible.

KU may nominate up to four students each year. The campus deadline is usually in late October. The national deadline is in late January.

KU will use the national application system for selection of campus nominees. You may begin the process at any time after the national application portal opens. Please contact Dr. Anne Wallen at annewallen@ku.edu with questions.

Campus Process:

1) Submit a pre-application using the national application system.

2) Get approval to complete the nomination application.

3) Ask three Recommenders (from STEM fields) to submit their letters using the campus reference form.

4) Submit your essay and other essays via the national nomination process. An unofficial KU transcript ("Advising Report") from the Advising Tool is sufficient at this stage; you do not need to order a transcript from KU. If you have college credit that does not appear in the KU portal, please let us know.

5) You will be contacted in November with the results of the campus nomination process. KU nominees will work with the Office of Fellowships & Scholarships to revise their applications before the national deadline.

The KU Goldwater committee is made up of ten KU science and engineering faculty members. It is chaired by Professor Mikhail Barybin (Chemistry); Professor Bryan Young is the Campus Representative (Honors Program and Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering). The committee members read all application and select KU's four nominees.

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Course offerings are “among the most comprehensive in the nation,” according to “A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs”
98% of University Honors Program graduates are employed or accepted to graduate school within six months of graduation
40% of students in the University Honors Program conduct research before graduation
9 to 1: Average ratio of KU honors students to faculty advisors
1 of only 7 programs nationwide to receive a top rating from “A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs” in 2014
60% of University Honors Program students study abroad
KU honors students select their advisors from top-ranked KU faculty
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report