As the result of an ongoing partnership with the Department of Defense National Defense Education Programs (NDEP) and of a new partnership with UWorld, Dr. John Yopp, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, announced that the Trustees of the Goldwater Board will be able to award 437 Goldwater scholarships to college students from across the United States for the 2024-2025 academic year. When these new awards are combined with the second year of support to 70 sophomores who received Goldwater scholarships in 2023, the total will be among the largest number of scholars ever supported in a single year. With the 2024 awards, this brings the number of scholarships awarded since 1989 by the Goldwater Foundation to 10,719.

“The Department of Defense’s continued partnership with the Goldwater Foundation ensures we are supporting the development of scientific talent essential to maintaining our Nation’s competitive advantage,” said Dr. Jagadeesh Pamulapati, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Science and Technology Foundations, who oversees the NDEP program.

“UWorld is pleased to have the opportunity to partner with the Goldwater Scholarship Foundation this year to support undergraduates interested in pursuing medical research careers,” said Chandra S. Pemmasani, MD, founder and CEO of UWorld. “We are committed to providing the financial resources and test preparation materials these students will need to excel and be able to contribute pioneering advances in medicine that will improve the lives of individuals in the U.S. and around the world.”

From an estimated pool of over 5,000 college sophomores and juniors, 1,353 science, engineering and mathematics students were nominated by 446 academic institutions to compete for the 2024 Goldwater scholarships.  Of the students who reported, 187 of the Scholars are men, 236 are women, and virtually all intend to obtain a Ph.D. as their highest degree objective. Fifty-seven Scholars intend to pursue research careers in mathematics and computer science, 236 in the sciences, 80 in medicine, and 64 in engineering and materials research. An increasing number of the Goldwater Scholars have published their research in leading professional journals and have presented their work at professional society conferences.

Goldwater Scholars have gone on to win an impressive array of prestigious awards, becoming National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellows, NSF Graduate Research Fellows, Hertz Fellows, DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellows, Astronaut Scholars, Churchill Scholars, Marshall Scholars, and Rhodes Scholars.

The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency established by Public Law 99-661 on November 14, 1986. The Scholarship Program honoring Senator Barry Goldwater was designed to identify, encourage, and financially support outstanding undergraduates interested in pursuing research careers in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics. The Goldwater Scholarship is the preeminent undergraduate award of its type in these fields.

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