School Awards and Grant Programs

Goldwater Scholarship

The purpose of the Goldwater Foundation is to encourage a continuing supply of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields. Scholarships cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.

Application deadline

The internal Ithaca College application deadline for the 2016-17 process will be announced in September.

Who Should Apply?

If you are a sophomore or junior in the natural sciences, math, or computer science at Ithaca College with a GPA over 3.0, and you have a strong desire to continue your education in graduate school programs in these fields, then you should consider applying for a Goldwater Scholarship. Your entire application will be reviewed internally by a committee of faculty in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, and mathematics). Ithaca College is limited in the number of applicants it can nominate to be sent forward to the Goldwater Foundation. You will be notified by the committee by December 15 if you have been nominated. If you are nominated, you will need to submit your final completed electronic application by January 23, and have all your additional materials to the H&S Dean's office by January 30, 2017.

How to Apply

To apply, you will complete the Goldwater online application. You will also use the Goldwater online application site to request to have two faculty members to submit letters of support to the site. The only item that will not be submitted through the Goldwater site is a formal two-page essay that describes what type of scientific activities you plan to pursue post graduation (see below for more detailed information on the essay).

In your essay you should describe the type of science you want to pursue, explain why you are motivated to pursue this avenue of research, and explain why this research is of importance to humanity (what benefit it will serve). You will submit this essay as a PDF, along with a cover letter, as attachments to an email sent to the H&S Dean's office at (put “Goldwater” in the subject line of email). Your entire application will be reviewed by the Ithaca College nominating committee, including the responses that you submit using the Goldwater online application. Your answers should be well written, relevant to your line of research, and thoughtfully reasoned. In preparing your essay and application answers, you should not hesitate to seek help from your main research advisor or a faculty member well versed in the area of science that you would like to pursue. Note that if you are nominated by Ithaca College, then you will need to have one additional letter of support submitted to the Goldwater online application site by the January deadline. You will also need to submit official transcripts from your high school, from Ithaca College, and from any other institution of higher education from which you received grades.

Essay Instructions

The essay should be typed in a 2-column format and confined to two pages (one side only). Font size may not be smaller than 12 characters per inch or 11 point. The essay will need to be mailed in with the transcripts and other supporting documents.

Your essay should discuss a significant issue or problem in your field of study that is of particular interest to you. Your essay must include a description of the issue or problem, discuss an idea for research that could have significant impact on the issue or problem, describe an aspect of the research in which you would be involved, and explain the relevance of the issue or problem to you as a mathematician, scientist, or engineer. The content and style of your essay will be important to the success of your scholarship application. Assume that your reader is knowledgeable in mathematics, science, and engineering, and will have the expertise to read, review, and understand the complexities of your field of specialty. If your essay involves research in which you are or were involved, please indicate if you are or were the sole researcher or if you collaborated with another individual.

Include a bibliography, references, or illustrations, when appropriate, as part of the essay, which will be included in your two pages. Font size may not be smaller than 11 point. Your essay must be typed and confined to two pages (one side only).

Your essay must include the following identifying information at the top of each page:
a. Student’s Name
b. Name of student’s college or university
c. Student’s signature


If you have any further questions about this process please contact Peter Melcher, Associate Professor of Biology .

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