You Deserve to Be Seen

Colleges are looking for underrepresented students like you.

✦ The National Recognition Programs Application will open in 2024. ✦

What are the National Recognition Programs?

A proven way for Black, Indigenous, Latino, and rural area students to stand out to colleges.


Why Apply for the National Recognition Programs?

Stand Out to Colleges

Many colleges recruit awardees and may invite you to apply for their schools and special programs.

Show You're a Top Student

Receiving recognition means you’re a top-performing student.

Explore Your Options

You may find out about colleges you didn’t know existed or wouldn’t have considered since many schools send recruitment messages to awardees.

How to Qualify for National Recognition Programs

Students who take eligible administrations of the PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, or AP Exams will be considered for awards. Students must also identify as Latino, Hispanic, Black, African American, Native, Indigenous, or attend high school in a rural area.

Recognition Notification

Students who are awarded recognition will be notified by email in August 2023.

Log In

The National Recognition Programs are connected to your College Board account. You can log in to BigFuture with your College Board account to check your award status in My Profile.

Download Your Certificate

In My Profile, click download certificate in the National Recognition Programs section. You can include this certificate in college and scholarship applications.

My Recognition Story

I was very proud to list this award on my college applications. I definitely think it added to my overall application. It meant a lot to me, because it showed my commitment and dedication to my schoolwork.

Tyra C., Class of 2022 National African American Recognition Awardee

It felt like I was getting recognition for all my hard work and allowed me to feel like I was part of an important group of people. This award means a lot to me, especially as an ethnic minority, who is used to not being in the light.

Vicky M., Class of 2023 National Hispanic Recognition Awardee

Winning this award meant so much to me. It really validated all the hard work that I have put into my academic career and served as an encouragement to work even harder.

Elise Z., Class of 2023 National Hispanic Recognition Awardee

I will be the first in my family to attend college. This recognition was a reminder I can do it. In addition, it has given me a sense of accomplishment and pride in myself.

Liam B., Class of 2024 National Rural and Small Town & Hispanic Recognition Awardee

✦ Questions about the National Recognition Programs? Email us at  [email protected]

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