Davidson High School senior Rohan Badve is one of 2,500 students nationally to be announced this week as a winner of a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship.
The winners were selected from a pool of 15,000 finalists by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, and were judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Among the information considered by the committee were each applicant’s academic record, the rigor of the courses taken, scores from two standardized tests, contributions and leadership in school and community activities, an essay, and a recommendation from a high school official.
“I’m very honored to be in this group of elite students,” said Badve, a member of Davidson’s International Baccalaureate and EPIC (Engineering Pathways Integrated Curriculum) programs. “It’s been a very rigorous curriculum here that I think is unparalleled in Mobile and perhaps in the state as well. We put a lot of emphasis on STEM as well as writing, and previous students who have gone to Davidson and have gone to colleges in-state and out-of-state have told me how prepared they’ve been not only inside the classroom but also outside the classroom. You really learn how to balance your time, how to quickly write and your math skills are top-notch.”
Badve is also a member of Davidson’s successful Hi-Q and RobotEx teams, which have won their respective county competitions for multiple years and moved on to compete regionally and nationally. He serves the community through volunteering at Camp Smile, a local summer camp for people with disabilities.
Badve has already been accepted in the Early Admissions Program to the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, where he plans to study radiology. In addition, he’s been working with Dr. Ajay Singh at USA’s Mitchell Cancer Institute for the past three years, researching how natural oils such as canola or olive oil can protect skin cells against UV damage.
“We’ve seen great success with these projects,” he said. “Based on this research, we’ll be able to patent an all-natural sunscreen that is not only safe, but is also effective.”
In addition to the 2,500 National Merit scholars announced this week, other National Merit scholarships will be presented as selected by colleges and corporate partners, and are announced at different times during the spring.