Perfection opens doors. Just ask Jacob Hinojos of Highland Village, who received a perfect score of 1600 on the critical reading and math sections of the SAT. He also received a near perfect score of 35 on the ACT.
According to data from The College Board, only one in every 5,000 students who take the SAT receives a perfect score.
Hinojosa’s achievement caught the attention of Texas Tech’s Chancellor, Kent Hance, who established the Top Scholar’s Program to advance recruitment efforts in the fall of 2007.
Prior to Hinojos, only six students in the university’s history have received a 1600 on their SAT or 36 on their ACT and enrolled at Texas Tech.
This year alone, Chancellor Hance has reached out to seven students through the Top Scholars program who have received perfect scores on their college admissions exams and applied to Texas Tech.
“I was actually in school when my mom received a call from Chancellor Hance,” said Honojos, a Class of 2014 graduate of Marcus High School.
“She texted me and told me he wanted to speak with me,” Hinojos said. “I’ve never heard of chancellors calling students before so once I realized who it was, I knew it was definitely pretty special and unique.”
After visiting campus and meeting with Chancellor Hance in March, Hinojos decided to join his two brothers, Cameron Hinojos, a junior in chemical engineering, and Alejandro (AJ) Hinojos, a freshman in mechanical engineering, this fall as an incoming freshman at Tech.
He plans to study mechanical engineering and will be competing on the Texas Tech Men’s Track team as a Red Raider.
Hinojos was recognized at the Board of Regents’ meeting in a packed room full of family, friends and university leaders.
“Even though I have brothers at Texas Tech, it wasn’t until meeting with the chancellor and getting a personal tour that I knew I wanted to be a Red Raider,” said Hinojos.