HEHS Student Recently Named National Hispanic Scholar by College Board


Alfonso Arellano was recognized by the Board of Education at its Oct. 20 meeting.

Hoffman Estates High School senior Alfonso Arellano was recently named a National Hispanic Scholar as part of the College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program. He was recognized by the Board of Education at its Oct. 20, 2016 meeting.

Each year, 5,000 of the 250,000 Hispanic and Latino juniors who take the PSAT/NMSQT tests are recognized. Students who take the test in October of his or her junior year, are at least one-quarter Hispanic or Latino, achieve the minimum required PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index score, and earn a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher by the middle of junior year are eligible.

While the distinction is not a monetary award, students who are Hispanic Scholars see benefits when applying to college. Subscribing postsecondary institutions receive the names of Hispanic Scholars. Students who earned the recognition may have additional opportunities to communicate with interested schools.

The College Board states that students must be from a family whose ancestors came from at least one of the following countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay, or Venezuela.

For more information about the recognition program, please visit the College Board’s website.