Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

The Goldwater Scholarship is selected based on academic merit in mathematics, science, computer disciplines, and engineering. 

One- and two-year scholarships are awarded to cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board, with a maximum of $7,500 per year. 

Goldwater Scholars have very impressive academic qualifications that have garnered the attention of prestigious post-graduate fellowship programs.  

Sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply. Luther's nomination is required. If interested, contact the Dean's Office for more information on applying.

The national application deadline is typically around January 30. Luther's internal deadline for receipt of application materials is two weeks prior to that date.

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Recent Luther College Goldwater Scholarship winners:

2013: Alexander Greiner

Alexander Greiner, Luther College junior and Goldwater Scholarship winner 2013
Alexander Greiner, Luther College junior and Goldwater Scholarship winner 2013

Alexander Greiner of Fairfield, Iowa, was granted a $7,500 Goldwater Scholarship based on academic merit. He was one of 271 students to receive the scholarship out of a pool of 1,107 candidates. 

Son of Michael Greiner, M.D., and Michele Greiner, Ph.D., of Fairfield, Greiner is majoring in biology and chemistry at Luther. He is a 2010 graduate of Fairfield High School.

Greiner aspires to earn his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees through a medical scientist training program. "I am grateful for the support the Goldwater Scholarship will provide as I pursue my passion to conduct translational biomedical research that improves the lives of those suffering from understudied cardiac and neurologic conditions," Greiner said.

Greiner has been named to Luther's dean's list every semester and was granted the Luther College Regent Scholarship—the college's highest merit scholarship. He was also granted a Weston Noble Music Scholarship, the college's highest music scholarship, and the Carleton A. Sperati Memorial Scholarship for excellence in chemistry and music.

He was recently accepted into Beta Beta Beta, the National Biological Honor Society, and will be inducted on April 21.

Greiner attended the University of Arizona Bio5 program as a Research Fellow in January 2012 and the University of Iowa as a Biochemistry Research Fellow in summer 2012.

He earned third prize at the University of Iowa Biochemistry Retreat Poster Competition, and was a presenter at the National American Choral Directors Association 2011 convention and at the Mid-States Consortium for Math and Science Biological Science Research Symposium.

At Luther, Greiner served as a guest lecturer with "A Hot Cup of Tea: The Murder of Alexander Litvinenko" in a Political Science course in 2011.

In addition to his academic pursuits, Greiner volunteers at the Decorah Community Free clinic, is a member of the Luther College Health Science Club, and is the treasurer for the Luther College American Medical Student Association.

Greiner has been a member of several choral ensembles at Luther including the Luther College Norsemen, Cathedral Choir and Collegiate Chorale. 

2007: Jennifer Lambrecht

2005: Elizabeth Matzen

2004: Rachael Vaubel

2003: Carissa Thomas

2002: Janelle Kime, Alex Martinson

2001:  William Hoyer, Kate Cooper