Lizzy ‘20 is eager to start filling out college applications, especially for one college in particular: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Last year during her college search, RPI piqued her interest. The school was already on her radar as her dad’s alma mater, as well as being a distinguished engineering school. The more she read about it, the more she was interested in going there. However, she also found that attending the school would come at a high price. “Because of this,” she explained, “I started looking at scholarships and came across the Rensselaer Medal.”
The Rensselaer Medal is one of RPIs premier merit scholarships, providing exceptional math and science students a $100,000 scholarship opportunity.
It was the perfect opportunity she had been searching for, but there was a slight catch: Bosque School was not affiliated with RPI, a requirement to be nominated. This bump in the road did not discourage her. Instead, she “harassed” the college counselors, badgering them on a regular basis about how much she wanted them to get Bosque School affiliated with RPI and for them to nominate her for the medal. “They were very busy, and I just didn’t want them to forget.” Well, her persistence paid off. The college counselors secured an affiliation and nominated her for the medal.
RPI accepted her nomination and awarded her with the Rensselaer Medal. Lizzy explained, “It was really cool because they don’t accept every nominee.” In September, she was invited to visit the campus and attend a Medalist Open House with a small group of students on campus in Troy, New York. “I fell in love with it,” she remarked. “I had visited other campuses, but this one felt different. It was also beautiful.”
Lizzy hopes to become an engineer and is interested in researching how we can introduce synthetic cells into the body, specifically focusing on children with cerebral palsy. RPI would provide a pathway for Lizzy to achieve her goals; all she has to do now is apply and be accepted.