National Hispanic Recognition Program

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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 7,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the PSAT/NMSQT.


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 and PSAT 10 scores cannot be used.

Self-Nomination Instructions

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.


Contact NHRP

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.
  • July 1: 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.

Educator Responsibilities

A school official must sign the Eligibility Verification Form confirming your ethnicity and providing your midpoint cumulative GPA. The form is available from the NHRP online application. Estimated GPAs are acceptable to submit, but if yours is borderline, your school can wait until the final GPA is available—just make sure it’s in by July 1. This deadline will not be extended.


If you are awarded NHRP recognition, you will receive a mailed award letter and certificate in September of senior year. You'll have plenty of time to include this recognition on your college and scholarship 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, as well as other students attending schools abroad. Approximately 200 of the top-scoring PAA™ students from Puerto Rico are also included.