Edgewood High School junior Aaron Castro has achieved the designation of College Board National Recognition Program Scholar for 2021, based on academic achievements and outstanding performance on the PSAT and/or AP exams. Aaron has been named a College Board National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar and a College Board National Rural and Small Town Recognition Program Scholar.
The program is designed to honor student accomplishments and help create additional college pathways for underrepresented students. Students can include academic honors on college and scholarship applications. Colleges around the country can also use the list of honorees to identify high-potential students from underrepresented groups.
According to materials from the College Board, to be eligible for the National Recognition Program, students must have a 3.5 GPA or higher and identify as African American or Black, Hispanic American or Latinx, Indigenous, or attend school in a rural area or small town. In addition, they must meet one of the following requirements: take the PSAT 10 in the spring of their sophomore year and score in the top 10% by state; take the PSAT/NMSQT in the fall of their junior year and score in the top 10% by the state, or earn a score of 3 or higher on two or more AP exams by their junior year.