National Hispanic Recognition Program
If you’re a Hispanic/Latino junior and take the PSAT/NMSQT, you could be invited to apply for academic recognition as part of the College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP).
Every year, the NHRP recognizes about 5,000 of the 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the test.
The College Board’s NHRP program is an academic honor that can be included on college applications. It’s not a scholarship, but colleges do use this program to identify academically exceptional Hispanic/Latino students.
Who’s Invited to Apply
The College Board reaches out to students who:
- Take the PSAT/NMSQT in October of their junior year
- Are at least one-quarter Hispanic/Latino
- Achieve the minimum required PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index score (this qualifying level may vary by state, region, and territory each year)
- Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher by the middle of their junior year
Good to Know
- You need to identify as Hispanic/Latino on your PSAT/NMSQT answer sheet where it asks for race and ethnicity.
- Only junior-year PSAT/NMSQT scores count. SAT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9 scores can’t be used.
If you took the PSAT/NMSQT, but didn’t let us know that you’re Hispanic/Latino, you can still be considered for the NHRP. Email NHRP for self-nomination instructions.
NHRP's Definition of Hispanic/Latino
To be eligible, you must be at least one-quarter Hispanic/Latino. Hispanic/Latino is an ethnic category, not a racial category, so you can be of any race.
You must have ancestors from at least one of these countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay, or Venezuela.Important:
Email NHRP or call 866-545-8467.
- October of junior year: Take the PSAT/NMSQT and check Hispanic/Latino on your answer sheet.
- February–March: The NHRP invites eligible students to apply online.
- Spring: Work with your school to submit a form confirming your ethnicity and your cumulative GPA.
- June 30: Application deadline. This deadline will not be extended.
- September of senior year: The NHRP notifies recognized students. You must be enrolled as a senior to receive recognition.
A school official must sign a form confirming your ethnicity and midpoint cumulative GPA. Estimated GPAs are acceptable, but if yours is borderline, your school can wait until the final GPA is available—just make sure it’s in by June 30. This deadline will not be extended.
If you’re a finalist, you’ll get a certificate in the mail in September of senior year. You’ll have plenty of time to list it on your college applications.
Your school will also be notified.
Recognized students are from the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Mariana Islands, and the Marshall Islands.
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholaship Fund
Vision and Mission of APIASF
Our vision is to see that all Asian American and Pacific Islanders have access to higher education and resources that cultivate their academic, personal and professional success regardless of their ethnicity, national origin or financial means.
Our mission is to make a difference in the lives of AAPI students by providing them with resources that increase their access to higher education which serves as the foundation for their future success and contributions to a more vibrant America.
We carry out our mission by:
- Providing scholarships to AAPI students;
- Forging partnerships among corporations, foundations, community organizations and individuals to provide adequate financial and other resources to carry out our mission;
- Providing guidance, mentorship and programs to facilitate students' academic success, leadership and professional growth;
- Establishing strategic alliances within AAPI and educational communities; and
- Building a clearinghouse of higher education research on AAPI high school and college students and continue to increase awareness of AAPI education issues and challenges.