St. Paul, Minn.Andrew Bendelsmith ’13, a junior from West St. Paul, Minn., has received a Goldwater Scholarship which is awarded to students with outstanding potential who intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.

Bendelsmith was one of 282 students who received the scholarship for the 2012–2013. 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.

Bendelsmith said Macalester has been a great learning environment for him.

“Macalester has given me the opportunity to experience a comprehensive chemistry curriculum under knowledgeable and supportive professors, “ said Bendelsmith.  “I am appreciative that the Goldwater Scholarship recognizes undergraduate students who are pursuing graduate degrees in the sciences.”

Since its first award in 1989, the Foundation has bestowed over 6,200 scholarships worth approximately $39 million dollars. The Goldwater Scholarship provides up to $7,500 per year for undergraduate tuition, room and board.

Bendelsmith is double majoring in chemistry and mathematics and hopes to teach at the college level. 

“After graduating from Macalester, I intend to pursue a PhD in either physical or organic chemistry,” Bendelsmith said.  “My ultimate goal is to teach chemistry at the college level and conduct research.”

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator 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. 

Macalester College, founded in 1874, is a national liberal arts college with a full-time enrollment of 1,978 students. Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellence, internationalism, multiculturalism, and civic engagement.  Learn more at

April 5 2012

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