UWorld Partners with The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation

UWorld MCAT and Barry Goldwater MCAT scholarship announcement

UWorld will provide critical learning resources to 2024 Goldwater Scholars interested in pursuing medical research careers

(DALLAS, TX) March 29, 2024 — UWorld, a leading provider of learning tools for high-stakes exams, is partnering with The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation to grant over $70,000 in financial support and product awards to the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation through its philanthropic arm, UWorld Cares. As the Foundation’s first private partner, UWorld’s support expands the number of scholarship opportunities for the next generation of research leaders in STEM, and provides best-in-class resources for the 2024 Goldwater Scholars pursuing careers in medical research.

As part of the partnership, UWorld will provide 72 2024 Goldwater Scholars pursuing a MD/PhD access to their premier MCAT QBank. Additionally, along with scholarship financial support, UWorld will provide six Goldwater Scholars with full access to their extensive USMLE Step 1 QBank. The resources will assist the Scholars as they prepare for their medical school entrance and professional licensure exams that serve as crucial checkpoints for their future success. The six UWorld-supported Goldwater Scholars are:

  • Kevin Mercado-Rosado, a junior at the University of Puerto Rico – Humacao, pursuing an MD/PhD in neuroscience with a focus on neurodegenerative diseases,
  • Amena Shamia, a sophomore at CUNY LaGuardia Community College, pursuing an MD/PhD in microbiology and immunology,
  • Paul Nguyen, a sophomore at the University of Southern Alabama, double majoring in chemical engineering and music (piano),
  • Marion (Easton) Cahill, a junior at West Virginia University, pursuing an MD/PhD in biochemistry and molecular medicine from West Virginia University’s Eye Institute,
  • Rebeca Rodriguez, a junior at Wellesley College, pursuing a PhD in immunology and M.D. with a specialty in oncology, and
  • Shirya Siddhartha, a sophomore at Southern Methodist University, pursuing an MD/PhD in neuroscience.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to partner with the Goldwater Scholarship Foundation this year to support undergraduates interested in pursuing medical research careers,” said Chandra S. Pemmasani, MD, founder and CEO of UWorld. “We are committed to providing the financial resources and test preparation materials these students will need to excel and be able to contribute pioneering advances in medicine that will improve the lives of individuals in the U.S. and around the world.”

“Like Dr. Pemmasani, members of the Board of Trustees of the Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation are pleased to have the opportunity to participate in a  partnership that allows our two organizations to help an even greater number of talented young men and women pursue their dreams of medical research careers,” said John Yopp, Chair of the Goldwater Board of Trustees. “These students are receiving exceptional preparation as undergraduates by schools from all across the Nation, something we also appreciate,” Yopp went on to say.

This year 1,353 science, engineering, and mathematics students were nominated by 446 academic institutions to compete for the 2024 Goldwater scholarships. Goldwater scholarships were awarded to 438 college students from across the United States in 2024, which when added to the 70 college sophomores who received the Goldwater scholarship in 2023 and are in their second year of support brings the total number of supported Scholars in 2024 to 508. Of the 438 new Scholars in 2024, 57 intend to pursue research careers in mathematics and computer science, 237 in the sciences, 80 in medicine, and 64 in engineering and materials research.

To learn more about UWorld Cares and the six UWorld-supported Goldwater Scholars, visit: https://goldwaterscholarship.gov/uworld/.

About UWorld
UWorld is the worldwide leader in online learning to prepare for high-stakes exams. Since 2003, UWorld has helped millions of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students prepare for their exams. At the core of UWorld’s mission is an obsession with quality so that students receive only the best learning resources. Whether students are preparing for the ACT®, SAT®, College Board®, AP®, CFA®, CPA®, CMATM, CIA, MBE®, MCAT®, NAPLEX®/MPJE®/CPJE, NCLEX®, PANCE/PANRE, COMLEX®, USMLE®, ABIM®, or ABFM®, UWorld ensures success by using active learning methods. With challenging practice questions that mirror the real tests and unrivaled explanations, students can efficiently and effectively prepare for every exam topic. To learn more, please visit UWorld.com.

Since 2020, UWorld has granted more than $12.8 million in product scholarships to aspiring students and donated more than $5 million in renewed access and subscription extensions for users affected by COVID-19 exam delays. In 2023, UWorld Cares donated more than $233,000 to 120 organizations nationwide.

About Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation
The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, established by Congress in 1986, serves as a living memorial to honor the lifetime work of Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman. The Goldwater Scholarship Program seeks to identify, encourage, and financially support college sophomores and juniors who show exceptional promise of becoming this Nation’s next generation of research leaders in these fields. Over its nearly 40-year history, Goldwater scholarships have been awarded to nearly 11,000 undergraduates, many of whom have gone on to win other prestigious awards like the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Fellowship, Rhodes Scholarship, Churchill Scholarship and the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship. Today, Goldwater alumni can be found conducting research that is finding cures for catastrophic diseases, defending the Nation, and teaching future generations of scientists, mathematicians, and engineers.