Siya Bhadu, Ethan Welch, and Caleb Simpson

Three Bolivar High School students have earned academic honors from the College Board National Recognition Programs. These National Recognition Programs grant underrepresented students academic honors that can be included on college and scholarship applications and connect students with universities across the country, helping them meaningfully connect to colleges and stand out during the admissions process. Colleges and scholarship programs identify students awarded National African American, Hispanic, Indigenous, and/or Rural/Small Town Recognition through College Board’s Student Search Service.

Senior Ethan Welch, senior Caleb Simpson, and junior Siya Bhadu have received the National Rural and Small Town Award for excelling in the classroom and on College Board assignments.

“Any program that provides a path for rural students to pursue higher education is something to be thankful for,” said Simpson. “Getting to be a part of this one means a lot to me.”

“I think it is really great that we are being recognized for the hard work we have put into our academics," Welch added.

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.

“We want to honor the hard work of these students through the College Board National Recognition Programs. This program creates a way for colleges and scholarship programs to connect directly with underrepresented students they are hoping to reach,” said Tarlin Ray, College Board senior vice president of BigFuture. “We hope the award winners and their families celebrate this prestigious honor, and it helps them plan for their big future.”

Students will receive their awards in time to include them in their college and scholarship applications.