Westerville North High School junior Tahira Johnson has been selected to the College Board National African American Recognition Program, which recognizes African American students across the country based on their PSAT or AP scores.
Students selected for the honor can cite it on their college and scholarship applications. In turn, colleges use the recognition as a way of identifying students from underrepresented groups.
Johnson, who was nominated for the program in May because of her PSAT scores, was thankful for the honor.
“I didn’t know what it was or what it could do for me but I’ve already gotten emails from different colleges in more depth than what I was getting before,” she said.
Among the colleges that have reached out to her so far: Brown University and Spellman College, a Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) she had been eyeing as a potential college to attend.
“It’s so cool,” she said. “It’s going to help further my horizons and where I can go to for college and help me get scholarships.”
The College Board’s National Recognition Programs highlight students from underrepresented groups such as — ethnic minorities or those who attend school in rural areas or small towns — who have excelled in their PSAT and/or AP scores.