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October 2001

Release Date: October 2, 2001

ASU Accepting Applications for Goldwater Scholarship Program

Angelo State University students interested in a career in mathematics, natural sciences or engineering are invited to apply for up to $15,000 in scholarship monies from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program.

Established by Congress in 1986, the Goldwater program was designed to provide scholarship opportunities for academically outstanding U.S. students with demonstrated interest in and potential for careers in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering.

In April the sponsoring foundation will award scholarships to students who will be college juniors or seniors during the 2002-03 academic year. To be considered for an award, students must be nominated by their university. All nominations must be forwarded to the foundation by Feb. 1.

The scholarships cover eligible expenses up to $7,500 per year for a maximum of two years. To be eligible a student must be a current full-time sophomore or junior and must be pursuing a baccalaureate degree. The student must have a grade point average of at least 3.00, must rank in the upper fourth of his or her class and must be a U.S. citizen, resident alien or a U.S. national who will pursue a career in mathematics, natural sciences or engineering.

Students interested in more information should contact Dr. Nick Flynn in the ASU Chemistry Department at 942-2181, ext. 250, or their department head to indicate their interest in being considered for this scholarship.

Students wishing to be considered for this scholarship must submit the following materials to their department head by Nov. 5: 1) 2002 Goldwater nominee information form; 2) Goldwater nominee's essay form; 3) secondary school/high school transcript; 4) official copy of the student's ASU transcript; and 5) contact information (name, phone number and mailing address) of three individuals willing to provide an independent evaluation letter for the student if he or she is selected as a finalist from the applicants. These individuals should be thoroughly familiar with the student and his or her abilities. These evaluation letters must be completed by Dec. 10.

Four ASU students will be selected from the pool of initial applicants for their applications to be forwarded by the university to the national scholarship program for consideration. No revision of the Goldwater nominee information and nominee essay forms will be allowed following this decision, so applicants should make sure these forms are typewritten instead of handwritten.