It is awarded to about 300 students (college sophomores and juniors) nationwide in the amount of $7500 per academic year (for their senior year or junior and senior years). On May 12 1986 Goldwater was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Ronald Reagan. In 1974 as an elder statesman of the party Goldwater successfully urged President Richard Nixon to resign when evidence of a cover-up in the Watergate scandal became overwhelming and impeachment was imminent.
Goldwater is the politician most often credited for sparking the resurgence of the American conservative political movement in the 1960s. He mobilized a large conservative constituency to win the hard-fought Republican primaries. Conservative".