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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. In 2020, the deadline is October 27. 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 application system. An "Advising Report" from the Advising Tool or an "Academic Summary" from Enroll & Pay (http://www2.ku.edu/~sakut/manuals/academic_summary.pdf) is sufficent at this point; 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 several KU science and engineering faculty members. It is chaired by Professor Mikhail Barybin (Chemistry). The committee members read all application and select KU's four nominees.

Download our PDF about the KU nomination process here

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