Shenandoah Valley Scholars Latino Initiative

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

Mission

Established in the Shenandoah Valley in 2012, the 501(c)(3) public charity, nonprofit organization Scholars Latino Initiative (SLI) creates college opportunities for Latino/x high school students in its unique programs in Harrisonburg, Richmond, and Winchester, Virginia. SLI helps its talented, aspiring, and determined scholars as they prepare for and apply to college, secure financial aid or additional funding, and anticipate college life. In collaboration with university faculty and high school teachers, SLI offers opportunities such as rigorous academic challenge, leadership development, and supportive mentorships. SLI’s dual enrollment tuition assistance, computer awards, and college scholarships further empower its scholars as they pursue a college degree.

Ruling year info

2013

Chair, Board of Directors

Jason Good

Main address

PO Box 2734

Harrisonburg, VA 22801 USA

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EIN

45-5560300

NTEE code info

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

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

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Latino students face many barriers to pursuing higher education.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

SLI scholars activities

IMPACT:
...112 scholars (52 current, 60 alumni)
...$213,000 in scholarship awards
...$46,000 in computer awards
...$14,000+ 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 16 colleges and universities.

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.
...Help accessing additional scholarships and funding for college.

Population(s) Served
People of Latin American descent
Adolescents

Where we work

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.

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.

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.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Shenandoah Valley Scholars Latino Initiative

Board of directors
as of 4/5/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jason Good

Eastern Mennonite University

Term: 2019 -

Karina Kline-Gabel

James Madison University

Brent Holsinger

On the Road Collaborative

Carlos Aleman

James Madison University

Hannah Bowman Hrasky

Harrisonburg High School

Laura Feichtinger McGrath

Harrisonburg City Public Schools

Ryan Sodikoff

Steven Toyota

Evelin Gonzalez Espinoza

Everence FInancial

Larry Miller

Retired

Bryan Pearce-Gonzales

Shenandoah University

Carl Rush

Winchester Public Schools

Sylvia Whitney Beitzel

Harrisonburg City Public Schools

Christopher von Rueden

University of Richmond

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/05/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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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.