The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship provides $7,500 per year for educational expenses to sophomores and juniors majoring in math, science, and engineering. The purpose of the award is to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers and advanced degrees in these fields. The foundation awards up to 300 Goldwater Scholarships nationwide. UCLA can nominate four students for the award.

Eligibility requirements

  • Full-time sophomore or junior (planning one or two more years of full-time undergraduate study)
  • U.S. citizen, resident alien or U.S. national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
  • Upper quarter of class (usually a minimum 3.7 GPA)

Selection criteria

Selectors seek students who demonstrate a strong commitment to a career in math, science, or engineering; display intellectual curiosity and intensity; and possess potential for significant future contributions in their chosen field. It is expected that Goldwater scholars will pursue advanced degrees. Students who plan to study medicine are eligible only if they plan a research career rather than a career as a medical doctor in private practice. Typical fields of study include, but are not limited to, applied science, astronomy, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, entomology, environmental science, genetics, geology, mathematics, microbiology, neurobiology, physics, zoology, and all fields of engineering.

Application requirements

Applicants must submit the following to the Scholarship Resource Center by the stated UCLA campus deadline:

  •  A completed on-line pre-application
  •  A two page essay discussing a significant issue or problem in the chosen field of study
  •  Two letters of recommendation from either a) a faculty member who can discuss the nominee’s career potential (must be in your field of study) or b) another individual who can attest to the nominee’s potential. (If you have been involved in research, one of your letters must come from the individual who supervised your work). Please note that if you are selected as a candidate to become the UCLA nominee for the Goldwater Scholarship, you will be required to submit a third letter of recommendation.
  •  A current college transcript
  •  Transcript(s) from other institutions that the nominee attended with grades for courses taken. These can be unofficial transcripts for the preliminary application.
  •  (For non U.S. Citizens) Copy of the nominee’s Permanent Resident card and letter of intent to become U.S. citizen, if nominee’s citizenship status is permanent resident.

The UCLA selection committee will select the university’s nominees based on the above application materials and criteria.

The current year’s application becomes available in mid-September.