The College Board, which administers the PSAT and SAT among its activities, recognizes academic excellence through its National Recognition Programs. The Belen Jesuit administration is proud to announce that 170 students have been named Scholars in at least one of the recognition programs: National African American Recognition Program, National Indigenous Recognition Program, and the National Hispanic Recognition Program.
“We are so proud and thrilled that our students have earned this recognition for their achievements in the classroom and on the College Board assessment,” said Principal José E. Roca ‘84. They exemplify the core values instilled in our young men on a daily basis.
The following students are College Board National African American Recognition Program Scholars: Alejandro Vazquez, Lucas Richard, Manuel Estrada, Michael Martelly, and Santiago Richard.
Christian Ramos was named a College Board National Indigenous Recognition Program Scholar.
The following students are College Board National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars:
Alessandro Di Marzo
Andres De Solminihac
Felipe Pardo De Zela
John Paul Chiappone
Kevin Schaeppi Souza
Nelson De Leon
Rolando Sucena III
Students selected for this prestigious honor can cite it on their college and scholarship applications. In turn, colleges use the listing of this honor as a way of identifying students from underrepresented groups—i.e., ethnic minorities and/or those who attend school in rural areas or small towns—who have excelled on their PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, or AP Exams and in their classwork.
“In a year where testing and instruction proved challenging across the country, we are proud to have so many young men recognized for their abilities,” said Director of College Counseling Cristina Busto. “With the incorporation of AP scores this year, this recognition serves to highlight our students’ mastery of their subjects and the dedicated teaching of our faculty. We are especially excited to welcome members of the Class of 2023 to this program, as students are now eligible to earn this recognition through their outstanding performance in either sophomore or junior year.”
Students who may be eligible have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and have excelled on the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10, or earned a score of 3 or higher on two or more AP Exams; and are African American or Black, Hispanic American, or Latinx, Indigenous, and/or attend school in a rural area or small town.
Eligible students will be invited to apply during their sophomore or junior year and will be awarded at the beginning of the next school year. Students will receive their awards in time to include them on their college and scholarship applications.