Goldwater Student Information Guide

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship is awarded annually to outstanding sophomores and juniors interested in pursuing a career in science, math or engineering research. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually. Juniors may qualify for up to two years of funding.

In order to be eligible to apply, candidates must be full time sophomores or juniors, interested in a career in science, math or engineering, be a US citizen, natural, or resident alien, and have a GPA of 3.7 or above. The ideal candidate will also have quality research experience, be currently enrolled in an eligible major, and have relationships with science/engineering related faculty who can write recommendations.

Students should be aware that each university may nominate only 4 students per year. If necessary, an internal competition will be held among interested UIC students.

For more detailed information on eligibility, acceptable majors, or to download an application, visit the Goldwater website at

If you want to apply for the Goldwater:

1. Read and download the application and instructions online
2. Begin contacting faculty members to write letters of recommendation for you
3. Visit the Office of Special Scholarship Programs to:
--a. Provide a list of recommenders (at least 3)
--b. Make an appointment with Beth Powers to review your draft application
4. Begin working on your application well in advance of the UIC deadline
5. Contact the Records Office in Student Services Building (SSB) to have UIC transcript sent to OSSP

Important Dates for Goldwater Applicants:

UIC Application Deadline: November 20, 2013
Final Application Deadline: January 28, 2014

For more information contact:
The Office of Special Scholarship Program
The University of Illinois at Chicago
2506 University Hall, (312) 355-2477