Three Mariemont High School seniors, Tyler Ching, Alexandra Purdy and Jayme Rodriguez, recently received word that they have been honored by the College Board as part of the National Hispanic Recognition Program. The addition of Ching and Rodriguez means seven MHS seniors have earned College Board recognition this fall (Purdy had previously been honored as a National Merit Semifinalist).
The National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) is one of several initiatives the College Board has undertaken to create pathways to college for underrepresented students. The program identifies talented Hispanic students and connects them with colleges and scholarships.
Candidates for the NHRP are identified through the PSAT/NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) which they took during their junior year. To be eligible, students must achieve a minimum qualifying score, possess a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher by the middle of their junior year and identify as Hispanic or Latinx.
While there is no scholarship money directly tied to the National Hispanic Recognition Program, it is considered a notable achievement to be recognized. Roughly 400,000 Hispanic/Latinx students take the PSAT/NMSQT annually and only around 5,000 are eligible to apply for the program. Additionally, receiving this award can open doors for college admission and increase scholarship opportunities.
This brings the MHS total to seven students who have earned College Board recognition this fall. Purdy and Chen have been named National Merit Semifinalists while Zoe Copetas, Xander Stigall and Ellison Van Scoy were honored as National Merit Commended Students.