Barry Goldwater Scholarship Nomination Process

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation was established by Congress in 1986 to serve as a living memorial to honor the lifetime work of Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years in the U.S. Senate.

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

  • Be a full-time1 matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited 2- or 4-year institution of higher education during the 2020-2021 academic year
  • Intend to pursue a research career in a natural science, mathematics, or engineering
  • Have a college grade point average of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale
  • 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 must submit a photocopy of their Permanent Resident Card, also known as the Green Card.

Students submitting this application at PCC will be applying for the chance to be one of 4 official nominees that our college can make to this very prestigious scholarship. To be clear, you are applying for an opportunity to be a nominee – not an actual scholarship given at PCC. Students wishing to consider this opportunity will complete this internal application and the selection committee will select PCC “finalists” to complete the Goldwater Application. If you have any questions about this please email

Supplemental Questions
  1. What research opportunities have you participated in here at Pasadena City College?
  2. What are your career goals (in other words, "what do you want to be when you grow up?"
  3. Please share where you hope to transfer and what opportunities for research you will pursue at your 4-year school.
  4. Do you understand that you are applying for the opportunity to be nominated by PCC for the Goldwater Scholarship, and that this is not a scholarship opportunity in and of itself?