TROY, NY – A high school student from Edison is awarded the Rensselaer Medal which recognizes promising students who excel in math and science. 

For more than 90 years, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in conjunction with high schools around the world, has awarded the Rensselaer and scholarship to promising high school juniors who have distinguished themselves in mathematics and science. Rensselaer is pleased to announce the 2015 winners of the Rensselaer Medal.

Shravan Hariharan is a senior enrolled at John P. Stevens High School.

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"I am honored to be a Rensselaer Medal recipient; it's a validation of all of my hard work so far. The scholarship would go a long way in helping to pay for my college education,” Shravan Hariharan said. “It will help me get closer to my goal of being an aerospace engineer in the future, working with NASA or with defense contractors."

The Rensselaer Medal was first presented in 1916 with two purposes: to recognize the superlative academic achievement of young men and women, and to motivate students towards careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

“The Rensselaer Medal is a wonderful way to pay tribute to the high school students who have achieved excellence in math and science,” Karen Long, Director of Undergraduate Admissions said. “As we do so, we are aware that these early achievements, as impressive as they are, mark only one milestone on their future journeys of commitment to hard work, drive, focus, and collaborations. The Rensselaer Medal winners represent the next generation of leaders, scientists, innovators, artists, scholars, game designers, architects, humanitarians, and entrepreneurs.”

The medal, the oldest prize of its kind in the United States, is awarded at more than 4,000 high schools throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. There are 176 Medalists currently enrolled in the freshman class at Rensselaer.

Each participating high school is allowed to select one member of the junior class to be honored with the Rensselaer Medal Award. The responsibility for designating the Rensselaer Medalist belongs to faculty and staff within the secondary school.

The merit scholarship, with a minimum value of $15,000 per year, is guaranteed for four years (five years for the Bachelor of Architecture program) for each medalist who is accepted and enrolls at Rensselaer. Overall, an enrolled student may be eligible to receive a minimum scholarship of $60,000.

This year, the Rensselaer Medalist Open House will be held on Saturday, September 12, on the Rensselaer campus. Students and their families will have an opportunity to tour the campus, explore the labs, learn about current research and academic programs, speak with Rensselaer faculty and students, and discover what campus life is like at Rensselaer.