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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 about 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 reward, 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.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident with a valid permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551.

Your high school counselor will provide your junior year cumulative GPA and verify your ethnicity designation.

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!

April of junior year:

  • NHRP notifies high schools of potentially eligible students and requests student verifications.

September of senior year:

  • NHRP mails congratulatory letter to the student's home address.
  • NHRP mails award certificates to the high schools for presentation.

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. Your high school counselor can request a nomination form by sending an email to nhrp@collegeboard.org.

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.

When will my high school be notified of my eligibility?
In April, NHRP notifies high schools of potentially eligible students and requests student verifications.

When will I be notified of my recognition?
The NHRP mails certificates to high schools in September. If you did not receive your certificate, please ask your school counselor.

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, send an email to nhrp@collegeboard.org or call 877-358-6777.

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