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Phillips Exeter Student from South Carolina Awarded Siemens Foundation Scholarship

Ravi A. Bajaj, a senior from Florence, SC, is one of two recipients of this year's Siemens Foundation Scholarship

April 11, 2012

Exeter, NH—Ravi A. Bajaj, a senior from Florence, SC, has been named a 2011–12 New Hampshire state winner of the Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement. In honor of his accomplishment, the Phillips Exeter Academy student will receive a college scholarship of $2,000 from the Siemens Foundation.

Bajaj was selected for the award based on his exceptional performance in Advanced Placement Math and Science classes, and top scores on his corresponding final examinations. Encouraged as a child to read and think abstractly, Bajaj says that initially, his favorite subject was math. With its “purity, abstraction and rigor,” he says he found math to lend itself to areas such as physics, computer science, economics and biology. “That’s essentially how I became interested in [those subjects],” he says.

Of his award, he says, “It’s an honor; $2,000 is quite nice.”

An officer and active member in the PEA Math Club, Bajaj has achieved several rare accomplishments. In 2010, he earned a perfect score on the U.S. Junior Math Olympiad and was declared a winner of the national competition. He was selected to attend the highly competitive Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program; and last year, he qualified for the U.S. Physics Olympiad.

The Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement annually awards $2,000 college scholarships to one male and one female student from each of the 50 states who earn the highest scores on AP examinations in biology, calculus BC, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, statistics, and physics electricity and magnetism. Two additional national winners (one male and one female) are awarded a $5,000 scholarship to college.

The Siemens Foundation provides more than $7 million annually in support of educational initiatives in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), an education coalition advocating to raise awareness with the White House and the federal government of the critical role a STEM education serves in enabling the U.S. to remain the economic and technological leader of the global marketplace in the 21st century. Programs sponsored by the Siemens Foundation encourage students to develop creative “green” solutions for environmental issues. By supporting outstanding students and recognizing the teachers and schools that inspire their excellence, the Siemens Foundation helps to nurture tomorrow’s scientists and engineers.  

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—Famebridge Witherspoon