The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by the United States Congress in 1986 in honor of former United States Senator and 1964 presidential candidate Barry Goldwater. Its goal is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields.
The scholarship—the most prestigious undergraduate scholarship given in the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics—is awarded annually to about 300 college sophomores and juniors nationwide. The scholarship is awarded based on merit, and the actual amount given is based on financial need, up to a maximum of $7,500 per academic year.
In addition, since at least 2006, about 150 exceptional applicants not awarded the Scholarship have been recognized with official Honorable Mentions.
Competition for the scholarship is intense. Universities are allowed to nominate only four undergraduate students per year to receive the final scholarship, making it a premier award in the US conferred upon undergraduates studying the sciences. Through March 2006, Princeton University had the most Goldwater Scholars with 64, followed by Harvard University with (60), Duke University (58), Kansas State University (57), and the University of Chicago (53).
In awarding scholarships, the Foundation Board of Trustees considers field of study, career objectives, commitment, and potential to make a significant professional contribution. This is judged by letters of reference, student essays, and prior research experience. The number of scholarships awarded per region depends on the number and qualifications of the nominees for that region. The regions are defined as each of the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and, considered as a single entity, Guam, the United States Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands.
Barry Morris Goldwater (January 2, 1909 – May 29, 1998) was an American politician, businessman and author who was a five-term Senator from Arizona (1953–1965, 1969–1987) and the Republican Party nominee for President of the United States in 1964. Despite his loss of the 1964 presidential election in a landslide, Goldwater is the politician most often credited with having sparked the resurgence of the American conservative political movement in the 1960s. He also had a substantial impact on the libertarian movement.Goldwater rejected the legacy of the New Deal and fought with the conservative coalition against the New Deal coalition. Although he had supported earlier civil rights legislation, he notably opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as he believed it to be an overreach by the federal government. In 1964, Goldwater mobilized a large conservative constituency to win the hard-fought Republican presidential primaries. Although raised as an Episcopalian, Goldwater was the first candidate of ethnically Jewish heritage to be nominated for President by a major American party (his father was Jewish). Goldwater's platform ultimately failed to gain the support of the electorate and he lost the 1964 presidential election to incumbent Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson.
Goldwater returned to the Senate in 1969 and specialized in defense and foreign policy. As an elder statesman of the party, Goldwater successfully urged President Richard Nixon to resign in 1974 when evidence of a cover-up in the Watergate scandal became overwhelming and impeachment was imminent.
Goldwater's views grew more libertarian as he reached the end of his career, and chose to retire from the Senate in 1987. A significant accomplishment in his career was the passage of the Goldwater–Nichols Act of 1986. He was succeeded by John McCain, who praised his predecessor as the man who "transformed the Republican Party from an Eastern elitist organization to the breeding ground for the election of Ronald Reagan." Goldwater strongly supported the 1980 presidential campaign of Reagan, who had become the standard-bearer of the conservative movement after his Time for Choosing speech. Reagan reflected many of the principles of Goldwater's earlier run in his campaign. Washington Post columnist George Will took note of this, writing, "We...who voted for him in 1964 believe he won, it just took 16 years to count the votes."
After leaving the Senate, Goldwater's views cemented as libertarian. He began to criticize the "moneymaking ventures by fellows like Pat Robertson and others [in the Republican Party] who are trying to...make a religious organization out of it." He lobbied for homosexuals to be able to serve openly in the military, opposed the Clinton administration's plan for health care reform, and supported abortion rights and the legalization of medicinal marijuana.
In 1997, Goldwater was revealed to be in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. He died one year later at the age of 89.Barry Goldwater Jr.
Barry Morris Goldwater Jr. (born July 15, 1938) is a former Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from California, serving from 1969 to 1983. He is the son of former U.S. Senator and 1964 Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater.Bethany Ehlmann
Bethany List Ehlmann is a Professor of Planetary Science at California Institute of Technology and a Research Scientist at Jet Propulsion Laboratory.Emily Balskus
Emily P. Balskus (b. 1980) is an American chemist and microbiologist who has been on the faculty of the Chemistry and Chemical Biology department of Harvard University since 2011. She is currently the Morris Kahn Associate Professor.Emily Calandrelli
Emily Dawn Calandrelli is the host and producer of Xploration Outer Space.Gwendolyn Boyd
Gwendolyn Elizabeth Boyd (born December 27, 1955) is an American scientist and university administrator. She served as president of Alabama State University from 2014 to 2016, and was previously national president of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority from 2000 to 2004. Before entering administration she worked as a mechanical engineer at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.Hannah Roberts
Hannah Camille Roberts (born August 21, 1993) is an American beauty pageant titleholder from Mount Olive, Mississippi. She was named the Distinguished Young Woman of Mississippi in 2011 and crowned Miss Mississippi 2015. Roberts competed for the Miss America 2016 title on September 13, 2015, and was named first runner-up.Heather Harrington
Heather A. Harrington (born 1984) is an applied mathematician interested in dynamical systems, chemical reaction network theory, topological data analysis, and systems biology. She is an associate professor and Royal Society University Research Fellow at the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, where she heads the Algebraic Systems Biology group.Honors College (Montana State University)
The Honors College at Montana State University provides opportunities for students to study, conduct research, and exchange ideas in a challenging and supportive academic environment. In addition to learning from outstanding faculty members, Honors students can attend special Honors seminars, take interdisciplinary Honors courses, and engage in independent study and research opportunities.Hutton Honors College
The Hutton Honors College (or simply Hutton or HHC) is the honors program of Indiana University. The college was founded as the University Honors Division in 1966 with Warner Chapman as its director. It was renamed the Hutton Honors College in the fall of 2004 in honor of IU alumnus Edward L. Hutton. Its purpose serves to bring together students of various disciplines in an intellectually engaging manner, through research, creative projects, seminars, extracurricular activities, rigorous academics, travel abroad, internships, and of course, fun!
Hutton Honors College Students and Alumni have achieved many forms of successes, including:
- Fellowships and scholarships, such as the Churchill Scholarship, the Fulbright Scholarship, the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the Luce Fellowship the Marshall Scholarship, the Rhodes Scholarship, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, and many more.
- Graduate degrees at institutions such as Indiana University, UC Berkeley, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown University, Juilliard, Stanford, Columbia University, University of Chicago, Oxford University, etc.
- Careers in corporations and nonprofits which include, Amazon, the American Red Cross, the "Big Four" accounting firms, the U.S. Department of State, Ford Motor Company, Google, IBM, the Peace Corps, Target, and many others.Joe Landolina
Joseph Alexander "Joe" Landolina (born January 27, 1993) is an American inventor and biomedical engineer, who is known for starting his company Cresilon, Inc. (formerly Suneris, Inc.) at a young age.Ken Rizer
Ken Rizer (born September 17, 1964) is an American politician. A Republican, he has served the 68th District in the Iowa House of Representatives since 2015. Rizer is a retired colonel in the United States Air Force and currently an assistant professor of aviation at the University of Dubuque.
Beginning January 2017, Rizer serves on four committees in the Iowa House – Judiciary, Public Safety, Ways & Means, and as the chair of State Government.List of federal agencies in the United States
Legislative definitions of a federal agency are varied, and even contradictory, and the official United States Government Manual offers no definition. While the Administrative Procedure Act definition of "agency" applies to most executive branch agencies, Congress may define an agency however it chooses in enabling legislation, and subsequent litigation, often involving the Freedom of Information Act and the Government in the Sunshine Act. These further cloud attempts to enumerate a list of agencies.The executive branch of the federal government includes the Executive Office of the President and the United States federal executive departments (whose secretaries belong to the Cabinet). Employees of the majority of these agencies are considered civil servants.
The majority of the independent agencies of the United States government are also classified as executive agencies (they are independent in that they are not subordinated under a Cabinet position). There are a small number of independent agencies that are not considered part of the executive branch, such as the Library of Congress and Congressional Budget Office, administered directly by Congress and thus are legislative branch agencies.Morris Goldwater
Morris Goldwater (January 16, 1852 – April 11, 1939) was an American businessman and politician.Pomona College
Pomona College is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational liberal arts college in Claremont, California, United States, often referred to as the premier liberal arts college on the West Coast. It was founded in 1887 by a group of Congregationalists who wanted to recreate a "college of the New England type" in Southern California, and in the 1920s, it became the founding member of the Claremont Colleges consortium.
Pomona is a four-year undergraduate institution, and enrolled approximately 1,700 students representing all 50 states and 63 countries as of fall 2018. The college maintains 48 majors and 600 courses, though students have access to nearly 2000 additional courses at the other Claremont Colleges. The college's 140-acre (57 ha) main campus is in a residential community near the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. Situated within the Greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, Pomona encourages students to take advantage of the region's cultural and academic offerings by funding off-campus excursions and internships.Pomona has the lowest acceptance rate of any U.S. liberal arts college (7.6% for the 2018 admissions cycle), and is ranked among the top five liberal arts colleges in the country by Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, and The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education. It has an endowment of $2.17 billion as of June 2017, giving it the sixth-highest endowment per student of any college or university in the U.S. In 2018, Niche recognized Pomona as the most diverse college or university in the country, based on socioeconomic, geographic, and ethnic diversity of students and professors; among enrolled students, 74% hail from out of state, 56% receive need-based financial aid, and 61% identify as a person of color or an international student. The college is ranked a top producer of Fulbright Scholars and other fellowships.Prabhjot Singh (physician)
Prabhjot Singh (born August 20, 1982) is Director of the Arnhold Institute and Chair of the Department of Health System Design & Global Health, at the Mount Sinai Health System and Icahn School of Medicine, as well as Special Advisor for Strategy and Design at the Peterson Center for Healthcare. He directs a team that designs and tests improvements to the health care system that have the potential to scale nationally and abroad in partnership with the communities they serve.
Previously, he was an assistant professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University and Director of Systems Design at the Earth Institute, where he co-chaired the One Million Community Health Worker Campaign. Throughout his career, he has focused on how advances in community health systems globally can improve health in America. In 2018, he was interviewed about his work on Amanpour & Co on PBS/CNN International.
He is the author of Dying and Living in the Neighborhood: A Street-Level View of America's Healthcare Promise (Johns Hopkins University Press), which has been enthusiastically reviewed by leaders in healthcare, economics, policy and readers for its narrative style and pragmatic approach. His next books will focus on how to deliver health care to remote, “Last Mile” regions (Columbia University Press, with Raj Panjabi, CEO of Last Mile Health), and how to invest in better health care (Columbia Business School Press, with Niyum Gandhi). In 2018, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced that he was elected to their Board of Trustees.Dr. Singh is also a committed social advocate, who has written about issues related to hate crimes, building more resilient communities, and equal opportunity to work. He was attacked in a 2013 hate crime that received extensive local, national and international press, both for the attack itself as well as his response. In 2017, he provided testimony to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee on the rising incidence of religious hate crimes.Roger Ream
Roger R. Ream (born November 12, 1954 in Neenah, Wisconsin, United States) is the President of The Fund for American Studies (TFAS). The mission of TFAS is "to change the world by developing leaders for a free society."Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science
The Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science (TAMS) is a two-year residential early entrance college program serving approximately 375 high school juniors and seniors at the University of North Texas. Students are admitted from every region of the state through a selective admissions process. TAMS is a member of the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology.Utah State University
Utah State University (also referred to as USU or Utah State) is a public land-grant research university in Logan, Utah. It is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. With nearly 20,000 students living on or near campus, USU is Utah's largest public residential campus. As of Fall 2018, there were 27,932 students enrolled including 24,880 undergraduate students and 3,052 graduate students. The university has the highest percentage of out-of-state students of any public university in Utah totaling 23% of the student body.Founded in 1888 as Utah's agricultural college, USU focused on science, engineering, agriculture, domestic arts, military science, and mechanic arts. The university offers programs in liberal arts, engineering, business, economics, natural resource sciences, as well as nationally ranked elementary & secondary education programs. It offers master's and doctoral programs in humanities, social sciences, and STEM areas (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). It received its current name in 1957.The university is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity". Utah State University has produced 7 Rhodes Scholars, 1 Nobel Prize winner, 1 MacArthur Fellows program inductee, 4 recipients of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, and 34 recipients of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. USU has nine colleges and offers 159 undergraduate degrees, 83 master's degrees, and 41 doctoral degrees. USU's main campus is in Logan with regional campuses in Brigham City, Tooele, and the Uintah Basin and 28 other locations throughout Utah. In 2010, the College of Eastern Utah, in Price, Utah joined the USU system becoming Utah State University College of Eastern Utah (USU Eastern). Throughout Utah, USU operates more than 20 distance education centers. Regional campuses, USU Eastern, and distance education centers account for 59% of the students enrolled. USU has 149,000 alumni in all 50 states and 110 countries.USU's athletic teams compete in Division I of the NCAA and are collectively known as the Utah State Aggies. They are a member of the Mountain West Conference.
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