MARQUETTE – Tony Schindler, a Northern Michigan University junior from Chippewa Falls, Wis., is one of 323 college undergraduates from across the United States to receive a Goldwater Scholarship for the 2006-07 academic year. He is the son of Duane and Diane Schindler of Chippewa Falls.
Schindler is pursuing a double major in chemistry and physics. As a Goldwater scholar, he will take a course of study appropriate for a career in mathematics, science, or engineering. He must also remain in good academic standing.
Upon graduation, he will be required to submit annual progress reports detailing his scholastic activities for five years, including research activities or further schooling.
“Initially, I was in disbelief. I called my parents right away, and I think that they were more excited than I was,” said Schindler. “I am honored and elated to receive such a prestigious award.”
Mark Paulsen, NMU associate chemistry professor and faculty representative for the Goldwater competition, encouraged Schindler to apply.
“I helped Tony prepare his application, and I felt that he had an excellent chance,” Paulsen said. “The process is very competitive, so I was surprised and happy when I heard that he’d been selected.”
He added that in the 18 years that the Goldwater Scholarships have been offered, this is the first instance of an NMU student receiving one.
The Goldwater Scholarships (www.act.org/goldwater) were established by Congress in 1986 to honor Barry Goldwater, a senator who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman. The goal of the program is to provide a continuing source of qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in those fields.