University Honors

Goldwater Scholarship

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

The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields.


Due to the timing and components of the application, and the specifics of the campus process, students are encouraged to attend an information session at the begining of the falll semester of their Sophomore and Junior years to discuss the application process.

Virginia Tech can nominate 4 candidates. A campus committee will determine which four candidates will be nominated to the National level.

Campus Deadline: December 1

To Apply:


Keri Swaby (Office of Undergraduate Research)
Christina McIntyre (University Honors) .

Virginia Tech Recipients:

2015 Donovan Buterakos Physics
2015 Bobby Hollingsworth Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Chemistry
2015 Christine Tin Biological Sciences
2014 David Mackanic Mechanical Engineering / Chemistry
2013 Julia Button Biological Sciences/Biochemistry
2012 Winston Becker Engineering Science & Mechanics
2011 Casey Baker Physics / Mathematics / Biology
2010 Ryan Shaw Chemical Engineering / Math
2010 Brittany Gianetti Biology / Biochemistry
2009 Ashley Morgenstern HNFE / Biochemistry
2008 Kevin D. Finelli Physics / Mathematics
2008 Thao P. Do Mechanical Engineering
2008 David Tatum Biochemistry / Chemistry
2007 Rebecca K. Sinnott Biochemistry
2006 Brian J. Skinner Physics / Mechanical Engineering
2005 David W. Erickson Physics / Mathematics
2005 Sarah E. Koss Biology / Psychology /Studio Art
2004 Dustin Hite Biochemistry
2004 Aaron Kaluszka Electrical Computer Engineering / Computer Science / Biology
2003 Heather C. Shears  
2003 Ashley A. White Materials science Engineering / Music Performance
2002 Erik Herz Materials Science Engineering / Economics / International Studies
2002 Nicole Mammerella Biology
2001 Lori D. Hill  
2001 Jerome T. Mettetal  
2001 Danielle F. Overall  
2001 Beth A. Reid  
1999 Anna Leung  
1998 Jennifer L. Craft  
1998 Jean A. Hager  
1998 Monica Kerr  
1997 Michael L. Parks  
1997 Leah B. Shaw  
1996 Angela Osbourne  
1996 Karen S. Potanka  
1996 John Michael Schmidt  
1995 Mark Embree  
1995 Andrew Landahl  
1994 Brandon D. Fallon  
1994 William L. Lee  
1993 Christopher Chang  
1993 Kristie Seymore  
1993 Mark Zylka  


Faculty Contact

Christina McIntyre

Application Timeline

  • September
    Information meetings
  • Sept/Oct./Nov.
    Application materials
  • End of November
    Campus-application due to Christina McIntyre
  • Mid-December
    Campus Committee meets
  • January
    Candidates informed of finalist status.
    Applications prepared for national submission.
  • March
    Finalists informed of scholarship offer.