Watervliet High School students earn scholarships for excellence in science and math

Two Watervliet High School juniors have received science scholarships to distinguished colleges in New York state!

Science department chairperson presents scholarship award to high school student Science department chairperson presents scholarship award to high school student

Rayan Ahmed has been awarded the Rensselaer Medal, a scholarship opportunity through Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) that recognizes successful high school students who have distinguished themselves in mathematics and science.

Kayla Dinoy has earned the Bausch + Lomb Honorary Science Award from the University of Rochester for her exemplary academic performance in science courses throughout her high school career.

High school juniors hold science scholarship awards and smile for the camera High school guidance counselor, science department chairperson, high school principal and superintendent of schools stand on either side of the two scholarship winners

Congratulations to Rayan and Kayla!

More about The Rensselaer Medal

Rayan is eligible for the $50,000 per year merit scholarship, which is guaranteed for four years. The purpose of the Rensselaer Medal, first presented in 1916, is to motivate students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, and to recognize superlative academic achievement of young women and men. Rayan will receive the award should he decide to apply to RPI and be accepted.

More about the Bausch + Lomb Honorary Science Award

Kayla qualifies for the Bausch + Lomb Science Scholarship—which provides outstanding high school juniors the opportunity to receive a minimum of $5,000 per year (totaling at least $20,000 over four years)—should she decide to enroll at the University of Rochester. The application fee is also waived for scholarship winners.

Students are selected for the Bausch + Lomb scholarship based on the following criteria:

  • High achievement and rigor in science and math classes
  • Positive contributions to their school and within the larger community.