University of Notre Dame juniors Andrew Jason Manion of Coon Rapids, Minn., and Eric Riedl of Falcon Heights, Minn., have been awarded scholarships for the 2008-09 academic year from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.
The Goldwater Scholarship is considered the premier undergraduate award of its type in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. It covers the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.
Manion and Riedl were among 321 students selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,035 students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide.
Manion and Riedl both are mathematics and music majors and participants in SUMR (Seminar for Undergraduate Mathematical Research). They plan on pursuing doctorates in mathematics and academic careers following their graduation from Notre Dame.
The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency established in 1986 to honor the late Sen. Barry M. Goldwater. It is designed to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students intending to pursue careers in these fields.