Jeff LaBonte

Auburn High School Senior Matthew Healey was named a Rensselaer Medal winner for 2014. The Medal, awarded by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), 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 Medal to promising secondary school students who have distinguished themselves in mathematics and science.

The Rensselaer MedalThe 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, engineering, and technology.

This merit scholarship, with a minimum value of $15,000 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.

Healey says RPI is one of his top college picks.  “I plan to study mechanical engineering, so I really narrowed it down to RPI, RIT, WPI, UMass-Amherst and University of Vermont, and RPI is one of my top two.” RIP did not offer an early decision option, so Healey will have to wait awhile to get an admissions decision.

Each participating high school is allowed to select one member of the junior class to be honored with the Rensselaer Medal Award. This this is the first year that AHS has been a ‘Medal School’ and eligible to nominate an award winner.

Applicants for the Rensselaer Medal are required to be in the top 10% of their class and demonstrate the potential for success in science and math-related fields.  The selection committee also looks at an applicant’s extracurricular activities and their overall work ethic.

Healey is a four year member of the AHS Cross Country team, the indoor track team and outdoor track team.  He is a captain for both indoor and outdoor track this year.  Healey is also a member of the National Honor Society.