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Replies to: National Hispanic Recognition Program

  • twomulestwomules - Posts: 1,207 Senior Member
    When you take the PSAT, do you need to check off any specific spot such as "I'd like information about scholarships?"
  • entomomentomom Registered User Posts: 23,662 Senior Member
    What you need to do is check off that you are Hispanic. I'm not sure whether or not the current PSAT lets you check multiple boxes, so if more than one applies, you should be sure to identify yourself as Hispanic. The website says this:

    "To be eligible, you must also identify yourself as Hispanic/Latino on the PSAT/NMSQT answer sheet. Your academic and ethnicity information is verified by your high school counselor."

    The verification by your HS counselor comes in May of Jr year. It's good to keep an eye on this as many GCs aren't familiar with the program. And it's one more reason to make sure that the HS has your correct ethnicity on file.

    Although it can be a pain to get so much mail, I always have my kids mark the box that asks if they want their information given to colleges as this is one way for schools to be aware of them.
  • monroylobomonroylobo Registered User Posts: 380 Member
    BTW, if you apply to Auburn as a National Hispanic Scholar, be prepared to be courted pretty badly. They've given me like backpack, more scholarship money, and a lot of calls. It's kind of flattering.
  • futurexrejectfuturexreject Registered User Posts: 485 Member
    I marked Mexican :\ is that ok?
  • entomomentomom Registered User Posts: 23,662 Senior Member
    ^^^Yes, M-A qualifies for the NHRP.
  • PayForPayFor Registered User Posts: 285 Junior Member
    Does anyone know if they use W or UW for minimum GPA?

    From the College Board website:
    A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 is also required.
  • entomomentomom Registered User Posts: 23,662 Senior Member
    My guess would be UW because each school uses it's own methodology to calculate weights and some schools don't weight at all. Give NHRP a call for a definitive answer.
  • itsvitsv Registered User Posts: 1,465 Senior Member
    Just as an fyi, my ds was called into his school counselor's office last week, to sign his papers for this program. He is a current junior. So schools are getting their notifications of which students qualify.
  • austindadaustindad Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    Could you give your ds's test score and state?
  • manyamilemanyamile Registered User Posts: 148 Junior Member
    My daughter was called in last week with a 206 in Texas
  • austindadaustindad Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    What paperwork was your daughter asked to file out/
  • heartofdarkness2heartofdarkness2 Registered User Posts: 138 Junior Member
    I got a 195 in CA, 3.91 UW GPA

    And my counselor called me in to sign a paper that says something to the effect of they can release my information for colleges..
  • austindadaustindad Registered User Posts: 3 New Member

    My daughter goes to a small private school , so I am just trying to figure out the process to make sure her school doesn't drop the ball on any paper work that needs to be submitted. I am not 100% sure she will qualify for the award (196 with a 3.8 uw gpa) but if she does I am not sure what if anything she will need to do or if her school will know what to do moving forward. Any additional information anyone can give is appreciated.

  • itsvitsv Registered User Posts: 1,465 Senior Member
    Sorry austindad, i've been off with my other child competing in state science fair. (talk about crazy parents and students, we were shocked at how competitive it was!!)

    My ds is in california and his counselor told him that california was very low this year for Hispanic Recognition Program cutoff. In california it was a 183. If you have a GPA over 3.5 you are a finalist and btw 3.0 and 3.5 you are honorable mention. Go to collegeboard.com and it explains more about the program. Now is the time for schools to send it the paperwork (my son had to certify his score and gpa which the school had to also sign off on). I have be gone some research to add to other postings as to what colleges give money for this honor. It's pretty good, not as good as national merit, but there are many pleasant surprises. Plus others have told us that some colleges don't have formal scholarship offerings for National Hispanic posted on their websites but will let you know over the phone etc.

    Also this info must be getting out because the focus of ds's college mail has changed. He is now "diversity focused" mail from some really good schools like Princeton. All mail this week has focused on "so you are a smart hispanic student" kind of mail.

    I do believe with NHRP you have to do a lot of research and leg work so I am willing to help my son out (I would normally make him do it, but with finals and other testing I thought I would help out). My favorite offer so far is from Auburn, they give a full ride (both tuition and room and board), $1500 for a laptop, $2 or $3K for study aboard expenses and I think $2000 a year pocket money. Now if I can only convice DS to go to school in the south. Hope this helps.
  • Youdon'tsayYoudon'tsay Registered User Posts: 19,452 Senior Member
    austindad, if you're in Texas (guessing from the Austin in the name) she'll probably qualify. I think the cutoff last year was 191.
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