Head shot of Julia Meitner

HAYS, KS -- Congratulations to Thomas More Prep-Marian High School senior Julia Meitner, who was named as a 2022 National Hispanic Scholar by The College Board. Meitner also was named as a 2022 National Rural and Small Town Recognition Scholar by The College Board.

Each year, the National Hispanic Recognition Program recognizes between 5,000 and 7,000 academically outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students nationwide who excelled on the PSAT administered during their junior year and scored in the top 2% of more than 400,000 eligible students. Honorees must meet a regional standard score, have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and be of at least one-quarter Hispanic or Latino descent. The minimum required PSAT cutoff score varies by state, region, and territory each year.

The National Rural and Small Town Recognition Program recognizes students for the same PSAT score criteria and GPA academic performance, but also recognizes the student’s community and school size.

As a National Hispanic Scholar and Rural and Small Town Recognition Program Scholar, The College Board will help make it easier for winners to connect directly to colleges across the country with scholarship opportunities. The board will help colleges see the range of their talents and interests by sharing their achievements.

“You have accomplished these milestones in the face of an immensely demanding year – one of disruption, challenge, missed milestones and loss,” said David Coleman, chief executive of The College Board in a letter to Meitner. “In a year of hardship, you demonstrated resilience and an unwavering commitment to owning your future. You have put in the effort and your future is bright. I couldn’t be more delighted to share this great news,” he continued.

In addition to the national recognition honor, Meitner is a member of several organizations at TMP-Marian, including Key Club, co-editor of the yearbook, stage manager of theatrical performances, Monarch Music, and Spanish Club. She plans to study engineering in college.