Christopher Hume, currently a senior at Wilton High School, has been awarded the Rensselaer Medal for excellence in mathematics and science.

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.

The medal, the oldest prize of its kind in the United States, is awarded at more than 2,000 high schools throughout North America, Latin America, and Europe. There are 183 medalists 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 of designating the Rensselaer medalist belongs to faculty and staff within the secondary school.

The merit scholarship, with a minimum value of $15,000 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. Overall, an enrolled student may be eligible to receive a minimum scholarship of $60,000.