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Sycamore Junior Receives Rensselaer Medal

Rohan Mathur A Sycamore High School student was just awarded a prestigious scholarship for excelling in math and science.

Junior Rohan Mathur was named a 2019 Rensselaer Medal winner. For more than 100 years, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in conjunction with high schools around the world, has awarded the Rensselaer Medal and scholarship to promising high school juniors who have distinguished themselves in mathematics and science.

Mathur is an actively involved student at Sycamore High School, participating in Sycamore Robotic’s FIRST Tech Challenge, Academic Team, Boys Tennis, Science Olympiad, Model UN, and Band and Orchestra. He recently was recognized for achieving a score of 35 on the ACT exam, just one point shy of earning a perfect score. Mathur has also consistently been on the high school’s High Honor Roll.

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 toward careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

The medal, the oldest prize of its kind in the United States, is awarded at more than 5,000 high schools throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia.  

The merit scholarship, with a value of $25,000 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.