Scripps College’s Hannah Shoenhard ’14 Named 2013 Goldwater Scholar

Scripps College’s Hannah Shoenhard ’14 was recently awarded a scholarship from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. She is one of 272 U.S. sophomores and juniors to receive a Goldwater scholarship.

Shoenhard, a junior majoring in neuroscience and philosophy, aspires to earn a doctorate degree to conduct research in cellular neuroscience and to teach at a university. Shoenhard is one of two 2013 Goldwater Scholars from the state of Nevada.

Goldwater Scholars are selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,107 mathematics, science and engineering students who were nominated by faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. One hundred seventy-six of the scholars are men, while 95 are women. Virtually all intend to obtain a doctorate degree.

Goldwater Scholars have impressive academic qualifications. Recent Goldwater Scholars have been awarded 80 Rhodes Scholarships, 118 Marshall Awards, 110 Churchill Scholarships and numerous other distinguished fellowships.

In 1986, the U.S. Congress established the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program to honor Sen. 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 one and two-year scholarships cover the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.

The foundation’s purpose 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.