A Hamilton student who chooses to remain anonymous has been named a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar for the 2012-13 academic year. This student is among 282 undergraduate sophomores and juniors to be awarded scholarships for the 2012–2013 academic year and is the 16th Hamilton student to receive the Goldwater since 2002. The award is considered the premier national undergraduate award in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.

The Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,123 mathematics, science, and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. One hundred seventy-four are men, 108 are women, and virtually all intend to obtain a Ph.D. as their degree objective. Twenty recipients are mathematics majors, 194 are science and related majors, 58 are majoring in engineering and 10 are computer science majors. Many of the scholars have dual majors in a variety of mathematics, science, engineering, and computer disciplines.

The one- and two-year scholarships will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.

The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency established by Public Law 99-661 on November 14, 1986. The program honoring U.S. Senator Barry M. Goldwater was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields.

Since its first award in 1989, the foundation has bestowed more than 6,200 scholarships worth approximately $39 million.

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