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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

The Rensselaer Medal

One of our premier merit scholarships is the Rensselaer Medal, a scholarship opportunity worth $100,000 for outstanding math and science students. 

For more than 100 years, Rensselaer, in conjunction with high schools around the world, has awarded the Rensselaer Medal to promising secondary school students who have distinguished themselves in mathematics and science.

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Rensselaer Medal Award

The Medal was first presented in 1916 with two purposes:

  1. to recognize the superlative academic achievement of young men and women, and to
  2. motivate students toward careers in science, engineering, and technology.

This merit scholarship, with a value of $25,000 per year, is guaranteed for four years (five years for the B.Arch. program or the Co-Terminal Program) for each Medalist who is accepted and enrolls at Rensselaer.

How do I apply? How will I know if I'm selected?

You do not apply. You are selected by your high school in the spring of your junior year.

Here's how it works:

Step 1:
Officials at each participating high school select one outstanding math and science student in the junior class to be honored with the Rensselaer Medal Award.

Step 2:
High school officials submit their selected student via the secure medal website.

Step 3:
Upon receipt, Rensselaer evaluates the submission, and, if accepted, mails an award certificate to the participating school for presentation to the honored student.

Step 4:
If the student applies to Rensselaer, is accepted, and enrolls, the official Rensselaer Medallion will be presented during an Honors Convocation in the fall of the first year at Rensselaer.


Selection brochures and criteria are mailed to participating schools each year in March. Selections are due by May 1. Each high school has a different way of notifying a student they have been selected (often at an awards ceremony). Rensselaer typically begins directly contacting Medalists in June.



Please contact: or call (518) 276-6216


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An important note about merit scholarships at Rensselaer

If a student earns multiple Rensselaer merit scholarships, the university will award the highest merit award for which the student is qualified, but does not combine multiple awards. Total Rensselaer-provided scholarships and/or tuition benefits may not exceed tuition.


Honors Convocation

Honors Convocation celebrates the outstanding academic achievements of students and faculty. Each fall, parents, family, and friends will gather and watch as Rensselaer Medalists— along with students with a 4.0 GPA, graduate student fellowship awardees, and faculty—are honored.