The Goldwater Scholarship Program, one of the oldest and most prestigious national scholarships in the natural sciences, engineering, and mathematics in the United States, seeks to identify and support college sophomores and juniors who show exceptional promise of becoming this Nation’s next generation of research leaders in these fields.

-Goldwater Scholarship Mission


      By providing scholarships to college sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering, the Goldwater Foundation is helping ensure that the U.S. is producing the number of highly-qualified professionals the Nation needs in these critical fields. Over its 30-year history, Goldwater Scholarships have been awarded to thousands of undergraduates, many of whom have gone on to win other prestigious awards like the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Fellowship, Rhodes Scholarship, Churchill Scholarship and the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship that support our Scholars’ graduate school work. Today, Goldwater alumni can be found conducting research that is helping defend the Nation, finding cures for catastrophic diseases and teaching future generations of scientists, mathematicians, and engineers.

Eligibility Requirements for the Scholarship

**Up to four nominations can be made my NMSU per year for the Goldwater Scholarship.**

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

1. Be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited 2- or 4-year institution of higher education during the current academic year
2. Intend to pursue a research career in a natural science, mathematics or engineering
3. Have a college grade point average of at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale
4. Be a U.S. citizen from the 50 states or the District of Columbia; a U.S. national for those students nominated by institutions in Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; 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. A photocopy of the nominee’s Permanent Resident Card, also known as the Alien Registration Card or Green Card, must also be submitted.)



If you have any questions about applying for the Goldwater Scholarship
please contact our NMSU Goldwater Campus Representative
(Associate Dean Tim Ketelaar) at the Honors College.
You can reach the Tim Ketelaar at or through
the Honors College at (575) 405-3729 or 646-2051.

Important Dates


First Tuesday in September:           Online Application Opens
Early September to late January:           Individual internal campus deadlines
Last Friday in January:           Nomination deadline (5:00 PM CT)
Late February:           Nomination packets reviewed
Mid-March:           Board of Trustees vote on Scholars/Honorable Mentions
Last Friday in March:           Scholars/Honorable Mentions Announced (11:00 AM Central Time)