National Recognition Programs

Help your students stand out to colleges and scholarships.

BigFuture helps all students take the right first step after high school. The National Recognition Programs award academic honors to sophomores and juniors who take eligible administrations of AP®, PSAT/NMSQT®, or PSAT™ 10 exams and who identify as African American/Black, Hispanic/Latinx, or Indigenous, or attend high school in a rural area or small town. These programs help to address the systemic barriers to higher education faced by underrepresented students.

In the spring, qualified students are invited to apply for the recognition. They can also self-nominate. Counselors are notified when invitations are sent to the students. Students and their counselors are notified of their awards in August.

We encourage your eligible students to include this academic honor in their college and scholarship applications to help them stand out. Research shows that students who are National Hispanic Recognition awardees and join Student Search Service™ have improved college enrollment behavior and receive additional college funding.

    New for 2022-23 : Sophomores and juniors will apply for National Recognition Programs on BigFuture.

    Students will be invited by College Board to apply once they receive their PSAT/NMSQT scores or by using the AP scores they earned in May 2022. Counselors will also receive the list of invited students. Helps us make sure students don’t miss out on being recognized for their hard work.

    To qualify:

    • Students must identify as African American/Black, Hispanic/Latinx, or Indigenous, or attend high school in a rural area or small town.
    • Students must have a GPA of 3.5 or above.
    • Students must score in the top 10% of PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10 test takers in their community or earn 2 AP scores of 3 or above by their sophomore year.

    To learn more about our eligibility criteria and track our application open date, visit cb.org/recognition.

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