National Hispanic Recognition Program
Are you a Hispanic or Latino student in your junior year of high school? If so, and you’ll be taking the PSAT/NMSQT, you could be invited to apply for College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP).
The NHRP helps identify outstanding Hispanic high school students. They share information about these students with subscribing colleges and universities.
Every year, 250,000 Hispanic/Latino students take PSAT/NMSQT. About 7,000 students are recognized and invited to apply for the program.
While the program doesn’t award scholarship money, being a part of the program is an academic honor. This can help students get accepted to colleges. It can also help win prestigious scholarships.
To be invited to apply for the program, students must meet the following criteria:
- Take the PSAT/NMSQT in October of their junior year
- Are at least one-quarter Hispanic/Latino
- Get the minimum qualifying PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index score
- Have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher by the middle of their junior year
- Identify as Hispanic/Latino on the PSAT/NMSQT answer sheet
- Only junior-year PSAT/NMSQT scores count. Students can’t use SAT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9 scores.
Qualifying scores differ among regions in the U.S. Here are 2019’s qualifying scores by region:
|Region 1- New England||1290|
|Region 2- Middle States||1320|
|Region 3- South||1370|
|Region 4- Southwest||1270|
|Region 5- Midwest||1310|
|Region 6- West||1280|
If you meet the eligibility requirements, the next step is to register. You must complete the application by filling out your personal information. You should answer all questions as with as much information as possible.
You can save the application at any time and return to it later on. To log back in, you need to enter your username and password.
Once you have finished the application, you can click ‘Lock and Submit.’ After submitting the application, it’s no longer possible to edit and make changes to it.
As part of the application, students must upload several documents to Scholarship America. This must be done by the beginning of July each year.
- A school official and parent must sign a form confirming the student’s ethnicity and cumulative GPA.
- Self-Nominator Applicants: If you did not receive an invitation to apply, but want to nominate yourself, you can still apply. In addition to the requirements for all applicants, you must upload a copy of the first three pages of your PSAT/NMSQT Score Report Plus. Screenshots are not be accepted.
- October of junior year: Take the PSAT/NMSQT and identify as Hispanic/Latino on your answer sheet.
- February–March: The NHRP invites eligible students to apply online.
- Spring: Submit supporting documents.
- July 1: Application is due. There are no extensions.
- September of senior year: The NHRP notifies recognized students. Students must be enrolled as a senior to receive recognition.
Students must complete the entire application and submit it to Scholarship America along with all supporting documentation the yearly deadline.
Finalists will get a certificate in the mail in September of their senior year. There will still be plenty of time to list the NHRP on your college applications.
If you are invited to apply for the program, make sure you work on your application and get your supporting documents in as early as possible. You don’t want to wait for the last minute. This is a very prestigious program to be a part of and it can lead you to many opportunities.