Record Four Macaulay Students Named as 2011 Goldwater Scholars

For the first time in the history of Macaulay four students have been selected to receive the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, and another Macaulay student received an honorable mention.

This year, we have a series of “firsts”: All four of the CUNY winners are Macaulay students; for the first time there are two recipients from Hunter; and the Macaulay winner from the College of Staten Island is that school’s first Goldwater in its history!

The winners are:

  • Mark Barahman ’12, Macaulay Honors College at the College of Staten Island, also a Goldsmith Scholar
  • Joseph Cammarata ’12, Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, also a Mellon Scholar.
  • Celine Joiris ’12, Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, a Goldsmith Scholar and a Lisa Goldberg/Revson scholar as well, and
  • Johnson Shiuan-Jiun Ho ’12, Macaulay Honors College at City College.

Daniel Feldman ’12, Macaulay College at the College of Staten Island, received the honorable mention; he is a Goldsmith Scholar and a Jack Nash Scholar. Bios of these remarkable students will be available on this site in the coming days.

About the Goldwater Scholarship

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by the United States Congress in 1986 in honor of former United States Senator and 1964 presidential candidate Barry Goldwater, a Republican from Arizona. Its goal 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.

The Scholarship is awarded to about 300 college sophomores and juniors nationwide. A maximum of $7,500 per academic year is granted. The scholarship is awarded based on merit, and the actual amount given is based on financial need.

In addition, since at least 2006, about 150 exceptional applicants not awarded the Scholarship have been recognized with official Honorable Mentions.

Competition for the Scholarship is exceptionally intense. Universities are allowed to nominate only four undergraduate students per year to receive the final Scholarship. As a result, the Scholarship is considered the most prestigious award in the U.S. conferred upon undergraduates studying the sciences.

In awarding scholarships, the Foundation Board of Trustees considers the nominee’s field of study and career objectives and the extent to which that individual has the commitment and potential to make a significant contribution to his or her field.