Sophomore Honors Program student and mathematics major Tristan Phillips recently received a Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation Scholarship. Phillips is Shippensburg University’s first Goldwater recipient.

This federally endowed scholarship program honors Senator Barry Goldwater and was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.

Goldwater scholars are selected based on academic merit and are nominated by campus representatives from 2,000 colleges and universities nationwide. Phillips was one of 240 sophomore and junior scholars selected. He credited his mentor Dr. Lenny Jones, professor of mathematics, Ship’s Goldwater faculty representative Dr. John Richardson, professor of chemistry, and director of SU Honors Program Dr. Kim Klein, for assisting him with his successful application.

“We are enormously proud of Tristan’s success in this highly competitive national scholarship program. An important key to Tristan’s achievement was his engagement in undergraduate research projects beginning in his freshman year,” said Klein.

Klein also recognized the research opportunities provided by Ship, and its Honors Program as a key component in preparing students to successfully compete for major scholarships.

Phillips is a member of SU’s Chess Club and a volunteer assistant for the cross country and track and field teams. He hopes to one day become a mathematics researcher and professor.