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National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP)

An Opportunity for Hispanic/Latino Students

The National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) identifies academically outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students. Each year, the NHRP honors more than 5,000 of the highest-scoring students from over 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the PSAT/NMSQT®. These students are from the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Mariana Islands and the Marshall Islands, as well as U.S. citizens attending schools abroad. Approximately 200 of the top-scoring PAA students from Puerto Rico are also included.

Although the NHRP does not provide a financial award, being named is an important academic recognition, and this achievement should be indicated on your college applications. NHRP is proud to honor outstanding students and make this information available to subscribing colleges and universities that are particularly interested in communicating with academically exceptional Hispanic/Latino students.

NHRP Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible, you must meet these requirements.

  • Take the PSAT/NMSQT in October of your junior year in high school.
  • Be of at least one-quarter Hispanic/Latino descent.
  • Achieve the minimum required PSAT/NMSQT cutoff score (this index score may vary by state, region and territory each year).
  • Achieve a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher by the end of your junior year.

Your application will require a school official to provide your GPA and confirm your ethnicity designation.

Important Changes to the NHRP Application Process

The College Board is excited to share the news that starting in May of 2014, students will be invited directly to apply to the NHRP online at www.scholarsapply.org/nhrp. The criteria for student recognition will remain consistent with years’ past, but students will submit their own applications. Each application will require a signature from a school-based official. In the fall, lists of recognized students will be sent to schools and NHRP award letters and certificates will be mailed directly to students.

NHRP Important Dates

October of junior year:

  • Students take the PSAT/NMSQT. Be sure to mark yourself as Hispanic/Latino on your PSAT/NMSQT answer sheet!

May of junior year:

  • NHRP invites potentially eligible students to submit an application online.

July of junior year:

  • NHRP application period closes.

September of senior year:

  • NHRP mails congratulatory letters and certificates to the student's home address.
  • NHRP mails schools a list of recognized students.

Frequently Asked Questions about NHRP

What is the NHRP's definition of Hispanic/Latino?
To qualify for this program, you must be at least one-quarter Hispanic/Latino. Hispanic/Latino is an ethnic category, not a racial category; you may be of any race. For purposes of the NHRP, you must be from a family whose ancestors came 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.

Am I eligible for the program if I did not take the PSAT/NMSQT as a junior?
No. If you take the test as a freshman or sophomore, you must take it again as a junior in order to be eligible for the NHRP.

Am I still eligible for the program if I took the PSAT/NMSQT but did not designate myself as Hispanic/Latino?
Yes. You can email NHRP@scholarshipamerica.org for instructions for how to apply. You will need to upload a copy of your junior-year PSAT/NMSQT Score Report Plus to complete your application. Check with your guidance counselor if you did not retain a copy of this score report.

If I did not take the PSAT/NMSQT can my SAT® scores be used instead?
To be considered for the NHRP you must take the PSAT/NMSQT during your junior year.

Do the cutoff scores remain the same each year?
The cutoff scores are evaluated each year and may vary by year and by region.

The NHRP application requires my counselor to provide my cumulative junior year grade-point average (GPA). What if my final cumulative GPA is not available at this time?
If your counselor can reasonably estimate your final cumulative GPA, please have him/her provide that GPA on the form. If your GPA is borderline for the categories listed on the form, please wait to provide the final GPA until it becomes available. The deadline for submitting your NHRP application is July 10, 2014.

When will I be notified of my eligibility?
In May, the NHRP invites potentially eligible students to submit an application.

When will I be notified of my recognition?
In September, the NHRP mails award letters and certificates to recognized students. Students not selected for recognition are also notified in September.

Can you direct me to scholarship programs?
Our Scholarship Search is a free online tool to help locate scholarships, internships, grants and loans that match the student's educational levels, talents and backgrounds.

For more information about the online application process, send an email to NHRP@scholarshipamerica.org or call 507-931-0624.

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