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The College Board has awarded 350 Hispanic high-school seniors $1,500 scholarships as part of a program designed to increase the number of Hispanic students going on to college.

An additional 350 students received $100 honorable-mention awards, said Fred Moreno, a spokesman for the board.

"Hispanics are heavily underrepresented in college," Mr. Moreno said. "The board felt that some sort of financial-incentive program would be helpful."

The National Hispanic Scholar Awards Program, in its second year, is sponsored by the board with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

To qualify for the scholarships, students must take the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in their junior year and identify themselves as Hispanic at that time. Those students with the highest scores are invited to apply for the scholarships.

An advisory committee of educators selected this year's winners from a pool of 1,600 semi-finalists on the basis of their academic achievement, Scholastic Aptitude Test scores, and such other criteria as personal qualities and community involvement, Mr. Moreno said.

He also noted that a list of semi-finalists was sent to colleges and universities to encourage them to recruit the students.

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