TROY, N.Y. -- For more than 90 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.

Rensselaer is pleased to announce the 2012 winner of the Rensselaer Medal.

Nicholas Koulopoulos, of Pepperell, is this year's honoree. Nicholas is a students at North Middlesex Regional High School.

"The Rensselaer Medal is a wonderful way to pay tribute to the high school students who have achieved excellence in math ad science," said Paul Marthers, Rensselaer vice president for enrollment and deal of undergraduate and graduate admissions. "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 Rensselaer Medal was first presented in 1916 with two purposes: to recognize the superlative academic achievement so young men and women, and to motivate students toward careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines.

The medal, the oldest prize of its kind n the United States, s awarded at more than 2,000 high schools throughout North America, Latin American, Europe and Asia.


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There re 200 Medallists 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 designation the Rensselaer Medalist belongs to faculty and staff with the secondary school. Once school officials have made their selection, the submit their choice online via the password-protected medal website.

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