Goldwater Scholarship

OSU Deadline – October 31, 2016

(National deadline – late January, 2017)

This prestigious scholarship was created by Congress to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater and to encourage excellence in the areas of science, engineering, mathematics, and computer science.  OSU can nominate up to four applicants to compete at the national level for the Goldwater Scholarship.  


Up to $7,500 for eligible expenses (tuition, fees, room/board, books)


  • Classification: Sophomore (two more years of full-time undergraduate study beginning Fall 2017) or junior (one more year of full-time undergraduate study beginning Fall 2017)
  • 3.70 minimum cumulative GPA
  • United States citizen or permanent resident

See website for more information:

To Apply

Submit the following information by October 31, 2016:

  1. Personal details:  Name, address, phone, email, legal state of residence, expected graduation date and undergraduate degree;
  2. Attach a resume (no more than two pages) in which you give information on your educational background, honors, awards, activities, jobs, etc.  Please make separate divisions for high school and college;
  3. List research activities associated with mathematics/natural sciences/engineering in which you have participated, or describe an area in which you anticipate participation at a later date;
  4. Describe in a brief paragraph how your academic program will prepare you for your chosen career goal;
  5. Essay:   In approximately 500 words, discuss a significant issue or problem in your field of study that is of particular interest to you. It is advisable to link any research interests you have proposed or completed to the topic – whether the research was individual or in collaboration with others.  Assume that your reader is knowledgeable about your field.  The content and style of your essay will be important to the success of your application.

Include the following with your application:

  • Two letters of recommendation from a faculty member, department head, or academic advisor familiar with your work and career potential. If you have been involved in research, one of your recommendations must come from the individual who supervised your work. 
  • An official college transcript.
Deliver all application information by
5:00 pm Monday, October 31 to the
Henry Bellmon Office of Scholar Development
and Undergraduate Research
334 Student Union

Writers’ Workshop at the Doel Reed Center for the Arts

All successful applicants who are awarded with OSU institutional nomination for the Truman, Goldwater, and Udall will receive an invitation to participate in the annual Writers’ Workshop at the OSU Doel Reed Center for the Arts in Taos, New Mexico.  Significant scholarship support is given to each institutional nominee to participate in the workshop, which is held for four days during the last week of students’ winter break (early January).  OSU faculty and staff from our office join forces to mentor student nominees and to provide feedback on their application materials.

Oklahoma State University's Goldwater Scholars

1989       Ward H. Thompson (Physics)
1990       Michael C. Oehrtman (Mathematics)
1991       Ross S. Keener (Biochemistry)
1994       Belinda S. Bashore (Chemistry)
1994       Michael E. Holcomb (Mathematics)
2000       Mario D. White (Mathematics, History)
2001       Scott Wise (Electrical Engineering)
2002       Bryan McLaughlin (Electrical Engineering)
2003       Ashleigh Hildebrand (Chemical Engineering, Philosophy, Chemistry)
2003       Cassie Mitchell (Chemical Engineering)
2004       Ryan Scott (Physics, Mathematics)
2004       Nick Rasmussen (Zoology)
2006       Melinda Hale (Mechanical Engineering)
2008       Renee Hale (Chemical Engineering)
2008       Paul Egan (Aerospace Engineering)
2008       Ilya “Eli” Sluch (Chemistry, Biochemistry)
2009       Ryan Paul (Aerospace Engineering)
2010       Lydia Meador (Botany, Microbiology, Biochemistry)
2012       Rosa Yorks (Zoology, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics)
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