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The College Board National Recognition Programs

The College Board National Recognition Programs create pathways to college for students from underrepresented communities by awarding them academic honors and connecting them with universities across the country.
Students who take the PSAT/NMSQT and are African American, Hispanic American or Latinx, Indigenous, or attend school in a rural area or small town, may be invited to apply for academic recognition as part of the College Board National Recognition Programs.

Application Timeline

  • October of junior year: Students take the PSAT/NMSQT and indicate their race and ethnicity on the answer sheet.
  • February–March of junior year: College Board invites eligible students to apply for recognition. Students apply online using the link provided.
  • April–June of junior year: Students work with a school counselor to submit the Eligibility Verification Form confirming their cumulative GPA. Students invited to apply for the Indigenous Recognition Program must also confirm their tribal affiliation using the same form.
  • July 1: Deadline for invited students to apply for National Recognition Programs. This deadline cannot be extended.
  • September of senior year: Students are notified via email that they have been granted recognition, and awards are sent to students’ high schools. A student must be enrolled as a senior to receive recognition.