National Merit Program Scholars: Commended Scholars are among the nation’s top 5 percent. Hispanic Scholars are among the top 2.5 percent of Hispanic and Latino test takers.

Walter Brown, Alex Elizondo and Ashley Trevizo from Carver HS along with Gerardo Salazar from Nimitz HS and Stephen García from Victory Early College HS (l-r) earned National Merit Scholar Recognition.

[dropcap color=”#888″ type=”square”]W[/dropcap]alter Brown recently received his Letter of Commendation. Brown is a Commended Student in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. He is a senior at Carver High School.

About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. They took the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The test serves as an initial screen of program entrants.


Walter Brown

Brown is one of approximately 34,000 Commended Students nationwide. Commended Students place among the top five percent of tests takers.

Commended Scholars will not compete for National Merit Scholarship awards.

According to the PSAT/NMSQT Program, Commended Scholars “are recognized for their exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the qualifying test.”


Ashley Trevizo

The National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) also recognized four other Aldine ISD students. They are Alex Elizondo, Ashley Trevizo, Stephen García and Gerardo Salazar.

The NHRP identifies academically outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school seniors. The program provided the information is to universities. Students enter the program by taking the PSAT/NMSQT.

About the Scholars


Alex Elizondo

[ul class=”list list-search”] [li]Walter Brown @ Carver HS — The aspiring pharmacist has been accepted to the University of Houston. He’s also earned admission to the University of Texas (Austin) and Texas A&M University.[/li][li]Alex Elizondo @ Carver HSThe future filmmaker has been accepted to Houston Baptist University. He’s also has admission to the University of Texas (Austin). [/li][/ul][ul class=”list list-search”] [li]Ashley Trevizo @ Carver HS —The talented student has not chosen a major at the moment. She has already earned admission to the University of Texas (Austin).[/li]


Gerardo Salazar

[li]Gerardo Salazar @ Nimitz HS — The science and math whiz has already been accepted into the University of Texas (Austin). He is waiting to hear from several top-tier universities like Stanford and Rice. The Cougar intends to major in physics and minor in mathematics. [/li][/ul][ul class=”list list-search”] [li]Stephen García @ Victory Early College HS — The aspiring mechanical engineer has earned admission to UH, UT and Texas A&M. He is waiting to hear from top-tier universities such as Rice, Harvard and MIT. He intends to get a doctorate in his field of study.[/li][/ul]

I know for certain that my wonderful teachers prepared me for this and other tests over the years. — Stephen García


Stephen García

Each year, the NHRP honors about 5,000 of the 250,000 Hispanic test takers. The National Merit Program looks at students who scored in the top 2.5 percent among Hispanic and Latino PSAT test takers in their region. They are invited to apply to earn academic recognition. The NHRP does not provide a financial reward. Yet earning the academic recognition is important. Students should state this achievement on their college applications.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation, a not-for-profit organization. The corporation works with approximately 500 business organizations and higher education institutions. They all share its goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation and partners encourage the pursuit of academic excellence.