Shenandoah Valley Scholars Latino Initiative Inc

aka Scholars Latino Initiative   |   Harrisonburg, VA   |  http://www.vasli.org

Mission

Scholars Latino Initiative (SLI) supports Latino/a/x high school students with college access through rigorous academic challenge, leadership development, scholarships, and supportive mentorships.

Ruling year info

2013

Chair, Board of Directors

Jason Good

Main address

PO Box 1245

Harrisonburg, VA 22803 USA

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EIN

45-5560300

NTEE code info

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

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

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Scholars Latino Initiative scholars are young people who experience unique circumstances as first-generation college students; as talented but often invisible individuals; as children from families that are disproportionately under resourced and disenfranchised; and as members of a growing population in Virginia and the U.S. that is underrepresented on college campuses.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SLI scholars activities

IMPACT:
...130 scholars (47 current, 83 alumni)
...$294,000 in scholarship awards
...$66,000 in computer awards
...$20,000+ in dual enrollment tuition assistance for scholars taking college 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 21 colleges and universities.

ACTIVITIES:
...Accepting new academic challenges and leadership responsibilities
...Developing personal statements and goals, evaluating careers and majors, applying for college admittance, and seeking financial aid, all with the help of faculty mentors; and
...Receiving friendship, social support and help for navigating the challenges that come with being a Latinx college-bound student.

Population(s) Served
People of Latin American descent
Adolescents

Where we work

Our results

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Financial assistance SLI has awarded its scholars (scholarship awards, computer awards, dual enrollment tuition assistance)

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People of Latin American descent

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total since 2012

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Scholars Latino Initiative supports Latino/a/x high school students with college access through rigorous academic challenge, leadership development, scholarships, and supportive mentorships.

Students who apply and are selected to be SLI scholars participate in various growth activities, such as:

Accepting new academic challenges and leadership responsibilities that empower their paths to higher education, with guidance from SLI high school teachers and university student mentors;

Developing personal statements and goals, evaluating careers and majors, applying for college admittance, and seeking financial aid, all with the help of faculty mentors; and

Receiving friendship, social support and help for navigating the challenges that come with being a Latinx college-bound student.

SLI scholars have also participated in college-level writing and analysis seminars taught by university faculty members, college-readiness programming, leadership and service partnerships with community organizations, and leadership and networking retreats held on university campuses.

In addition, SLI offers the following support:

Dual-enrollment course tuition assistance 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; and

Help accessing additional scholarships and funding for college.

SLI programming is built on unique collaborations between high school teachers and university faculty and staff, who offer opportunities for rigorous academic challenge, leadership development, and mentorship. SLI’s budget has grown by an average of more than 40% each year since 2016.

SLI has served more than 132 scholars since 2012 at Harrisonburg and John Handley (Winchester) High Schools and Huguenot and George Wythe High Schools in Richmond, Virginia. SLI has awarded $294,000 in SLI college scholarship awards and $66,000 in SLI computer awards to its graduating high school students, and more than $20,000 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
Northern Virginia Community College
Old Dominion University
Randolph-Macon College
Reynolds Community College
Shenandoah University
Tidewater Community College
University of Pittsburgh
University of Richmond
University of Virginia
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Tech
Virginia Union University
The College of William & Mary

Financials

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Shenandoah Valley Scholars Latino Initiative Inc

Board of directors
as of 07/01/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jason Good

Ringling College of Art and Design

Term: 2019 -

Brent Holsinger

On the Road Collaborative

Carlos Aleman

James Madison University

Hannah Bowman Hrasky

Harrisonburg High School

Laura Feichtinger McGrath

Harrisonburg City Public Schools

Evelin Gonzalez

Everence FInancial

Larry Miller

Retired

Bryan Pearce-Gonzales

Shenandoah University

Sylvia Whitney Beitzel

Harrisonburg City Public Schools

Christopher von Rueden

University of Richmond

Jason Good

Ringling College of Art and Design

Fawn-Amber Montoya

James Madison University

Veronique Walker

Winchester Public Schools

Cecilia Barbosa

cBe consulting

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/12/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/15/2021

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.