National Recognition Programs

Help Your Students Stand Out to Colleges and Scholarship Programs

Who's Eligible to Apply

The College Board National Recognition Programs award academic honors to sophomores and juniors who take eligible administrations of AP®, PSAT/NMSQT®, or PSAT™ 10 exams, have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and identify as African American or Black, Hispanic or Latino, Indigenous or Native, or attend high school in a rural area or small town. Students can apply on BigFuture® during the second semester of 10th or 11th grade.

What Awardees Need to Know

Students will receive emails about their recognition applications in August 2023. Awardees can download their certificates on BigFuture under My Profile.

Awardees can list this academic honor on their college and scholarship applications. Many colleges send recruitment messages to awardees who have joined Student Search Service™. Students can also show their interest by adding colleges to their list on BigFuture.

How to Celebrate Awardees in Your School

Educators across the country tell us they celebrate awardees in school and throughout the community. Here are three ways you can celebrate your students:

  1. School and Community Announcements: Use the celebration toolkit to celebrate your awardees on social media, in a district newsletter, or press release to local media.
  2. Social Media Celebration: When you post on social media, use one of the graphics below to celebrate your community’s 2023 National Recognition Programs awardees.
  3. Award Ceremonies: Add your awardees’ names to the PowerPoint template to highlight students during your in-school celebrations and award ceremonies.

For questions about National Recognition Programs, please contact us at: [email protected].