Math, Science, Engineering Students Apply for Goldwater Scholarships

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University students interested in careers in
mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering, and who have excellent academic records, are
invited to apply for national Barry M. Goldwater scholarships. The scholarship award covers
eligible expenses up to a maximum of $7,500 per year for the student’s junior and senior years.
In recent years, WSU students have been very successful in winning Goldwater awards,
according to Mary Sanchez-Lanier, assistant dean of the College of Sciences. “Goldwater
scholarships are extremely competitive; only 300 are awarded each year nationally out of a pool
of more than 1,400 well-qualified nominees. It is a source of pride that WSU has had one or two
winners in all but one of the last five or six years,” said Sanchez-Lanier.
This year, WSU has two students supported by Goldwater scholarships. Stephanie Gantt of
Richland and Catherine Ratliff of Olympia are both majoring in biochemistry. “Both students
have excellent academic records and both are actively engaged in research,” said Sanchez-Lanier.
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, which was
established in 1986, will make the next round of awards in April 2000. To be considered for an
award, students must be nominated by their institution. To be eligible, a student must be a
current full-time sophomore or junior and must be pursuing a baccalaureate degree, have a B
average or equivalent, stand in the upper fourth of their class, and be a U.S. citizen, resident alien
or U.S. national who will pursue a career in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering.
Interested WSU sophomore and juniors should contact Chio Flores at the Office of
Scholarship Services for applications. Additional information on Goldwater Scholarships is
available on the web at . Completed scholarship applications must be
returned to the WSU scholarship office no later than Dec. 3.