Goldwater Scholarship

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  2017 Goldwater Scholar Jacob Davison with Provost Michael Gealt

Goldwater Scholarships are designed to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering.  The purpose of the Goldwater Scholarship Foundation is to provide a continual source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue careers in these fields.

To be eligible for nomination for a Goldwater Scholarship, a student must:

  • Be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited 2- or 4-year institution of higher education during the 2019-2020 academic year,
  • Intend to pursue a research career in a natural science, mathematics or engineering,
  • Have a college grade point average of at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, and
  • Be a U.S. citizen from the 50 states or the District of Columbia, or a permanent resident. A permanent resident nominated for the scholarship must include a letter stating his/her intent to become a U.S. citizen.

Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Engineering
Year of Application
Sophomore or Junior
Pre-Application Process
To be considered a CMU nominee and to advance in the competition, candidates must complete and submit the pre-application form to the National Scholarship Program.  The online application will not allow students to submit without the university approval.   

*Submit the Goldwater Scholarship pre-application and a copy of your unofficial CMU transcript to Maureen Harke at Make sure that your name and address are included on the unofficial transcript. 
Application Process 
The application includes the supporting documents checklist, a three page research essay, CMU college transcript, other college transcripts for courses not taken at current institution, a copy of Permanent Resident card, and three letters of recommendation.  See the Goldwater Scholarship website for the official list of application materials.

Application Deadlines
For campus and national deadlines, click here.

Official Website
CMU Contacts

  • Maureen Harke, Ph.D. - Associate Director, National Scholarship Program, (989) 774-3902,
  • Nicole Sparling-Barco, Ph.D., - Director of University Honors and the National Scholarship Program, (989) 774-3902,