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Two TALH students selected as National Hispanic Scholars

Garcia and CopleyLamar University Texas Academy of Leadership in the Humanities (TALH) seniors Jacob Copley and Steven Garcia have been selected as National Hispanic Scholars.     

The College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) recognizes approximately 5,000 of the highest scoring students from a nationwide total of 250,000 high school Hispanic/Latino juniors who took the PSAT/NMSQT.   

“This recognition will give these two students a more competitive edge with applying to top universities in the nation,” said Ted Stuberfield, TALH director. “It seems fitting that these students should be recognized now because it is currently Hispanic Heritage Month, a time where we honor the traditions and culture of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced our nation.”

The NHRP is an academic honor that identifies academically well-prepared Hispanic high school students and highlights their outstanding educational achievements to subscribing colleges and universities. 

To be eligible, students must be at least one-quarter Hispanic/Latino, take the PSAT/NMSQT in October of their junior year, achieve the minimum required PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index score and earn a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher by the middle of their junior year.

“It is important to celebrate these students’ achievements because their efforts display an educational prowess to aspire to, and they will inspire others to work diligently and do well,” said Stuberfield. “These students are indicative of the quality of students we have in our program. Also, we have caring faculty that go above and beyond to foster education and provide testing preparation for our students, a feat that is reflected in the results of our students.”

TALH is an early entrance college residential honors program at Lamar University. All students accepted into the unique program receive full-tuition scholarships for up to 15 credit hours per semester and get to live on campus. TALH is a highly selective program for students eager for an enriched intellectual experience, enhanced by programs in the humanities and leadership development.

For more information about the program, visit or call (409) 839-2995.