Educational Institutions

Shenandoah Valley Scholars Latino Initiative

Quick Facts

Harrisonburg, VA

Mission

The Shenandoah Valley Scholars Latino Initiative (SLI) is a 501(c)(3) public charity, nonprofit organization that creates college opportunities for first-generation Latino high school students through rigorous academic challenge, leadership development, supportive mentorships and scholarship awards.

Ruling Year

2013

Chair, Board of Directors

Jason Good

Main Address

PO Box 2734

Harrisonburg, VA 22801 USA

Keywords

education, access to college

EIN

45-5560300

 Number

2202394113

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

IRS Filing Requirement

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What we aim to solve

Latino students face many barriers to pursuing higher education.

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

The Shenandoah Valley Scholars Latino Initiative creates college opportunities for first-generation Latino high school students through rigorous academic challenge, leadership development, supportive mentorships and scholarship awards.

High school students selected as SLI scholars complete a 3-year program from 10th-12th grades to: •Accept new academic challenges and leadership responsibilities that empower their paths to higher education, with guidance from SLI high school teachers and mentors; •Develop personal statements and goals, evaluate careers and majors, apply for college admittance, and seek financial aid, all with the help of faculty mentors; and •Receive friendship, social support and help from college student mentors in navigating the social challenges that come with being a Latinx college-bound student. In addition, SLI offers the following support: •Dual-enrollment course tuition relief for eligible SLI scholars taking college courses while still in high school. These courses improve college readiness, enhance academic portfolios, and may reduce the number of credit hours needed in college. •SLI $1,000 computer awards that help eligible SLI scholars purchase the technology they need to start college. •SLI college scholarship awards of up to $5,000 that support eligible SLI scholars who are admitted to two- or four-year colleges. •Help accessing additional scholarships and funding for college.

SLI teachers and professors are active in high school and college settings.

We keep in touch with our SLI scholars as they enter and graduate from college.

SLI has served more than 110 scholars since 2012 at Harrisonburg and John Handley (Winchester) High Schools and Huguenot and George Wythe High Schools in Richmond, Virginia. SLI has awarded $159,000 in SLI college scholarship awards and $35,000 in SLI computer awards to its graduating high school students, and more than $9,000 in tuition support for students to enroll in college dual enrollment courses while in high school. SLI teachers and professors also help to connect scholars to additional funding opportunities; in 2019 alone, graduating SLI scholars accepted nearly $960,000 in college awards and support grants. SLI scholars have attended Blue Ridge Community College, Bridgewater College, Eastern Mennonite University, Eastern Nazarene College, George Mason University, Harvard University, James Madison University, Lord Fairfax Community College, Old Dominion University, Shenandoah University, University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Tech.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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