Goldwater, Truman Scholarship Applications Now Open

Goldwater, Truman Scholarship Applications Now Open

Honors and Undergraduate Research is now accepting applications for the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and the Harry S. Truman Scholarship.  To apply for these competitive awards, students must first be nominated by the University.  The deadline to submit completed applications to Honors and Undergraduate Research is November 2, 2011.

The Goldwater Scholarship was established to foster and encourage excellence in science and mathematics in the United States. Awards are made annually, each scholarship providing a maximum of $7,500 per year for tuition, fees, books, and room and board. Sophomore applicants are eligible for two years of support; junior applicants are eligible for one year of support. Two hundred and seventy-eight scholarships were awarded for 2010-2011.  In the past year’s cycle, biochemistry and genetics major Matthew Grunewald was selected as a Goldwater Scholar.

Application may be made by current sophomores and juniors who are U.S. citizens or resident aliens with stated intent to obtain U.S. citizenship. Students’ ultimate educational goal should be the Ph.D. in math, science, or engineering; the competition is not appropriate for students intending to go to medical school or to stop their education at the master’s level.

Suitable applicants must have high academic achievement (3.7+ GPR) and ongoing research experience.  For further information, visit

The Truman Scholarship provides funding for graduate school as preparation for a career in government or public service. Truman Scholars receive up to $30,000 for graduate studies. In addition, they participate in leadership development programs and have special opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government. About 60-65 scholarships are awarded each year.  Business Honors major Omar El-Halwagi was selected as a Truman Scholar in last year’s competition, the first Aggie to win this award in 17 years.

Application may be made by U.S. citizens and nationals who are full-time students in the junior class with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Successful applicants typically have an exceptional record of leadership and public or community service.  A wide variety of fields can lead to public service careers: traditional fields such as education, economics, or public policy as well as less obvious ones such as engineering, environmental management, or agriculture. However, some priority is given to candidates proposing to enroll in graduate programs specifically oriented to careers in public service such as public administration, public health, government, or education and human resource development.

For further information, visit

For further information about these and other scholarships, visit  or contact Kyle Mox, National Fellowships Coordinator at


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