Significantly, this student did receive a Goldwater Scholarship.
Click here to download a pdf of two sets of Goldwater Scholarship application essays by former students.
Remember, too, that members of the selection panel will have the expertise to understand a complex problem in your field, and be certain to present detail accordingly.
In the pdf link below, two sample Goldwater essay sets are provided.
Goldwater applications are reviewed by an independent committee appointed by the Goldwater Foundation, and the committee’s selection criteria include: As with many other national scholarships, candidates for the Goldwater are nominated by their institutions, and final selection of Goldwater Scholars is made by the Goldwater Board of Trustees, which reviews the assessment made by both the nominating institution and the independent selection committee.
The last few questions of the Goldwater application invite narrative responses, with approximate length dictated by the size of the space available to answer the questions.
In 2020, student applications will be reviewed by discipline, not by state of residence.
In 2020, student applications will be reviewed with other applications in the discipline.
His tone is almost philosophical at times, discussing the rewards of both achievement and failure in the sciences, and he notes that he is the first in his family to pursue a technical degree.
His nominee’s essay stresses the long-term goal of his research in bacterial adhesion, and he carefully describes his team’s use of video microscopy to record particles as they adhere to bacteria.