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Support Latino/a/x students with college access opportunities

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Scholars Latino Initiative
PO Box 2734
Harrisonburg, VA 22801


SLI's 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.

VISION: We envision SLI to be a community-based, not-for-profit organization built on partnerships with high schools, universities, communities, students, and parents, and dedicated to advancing Latino/a/x students’ post-high school educational opportunities. SLI advocates for Latino/a/x opportunities and strives for social justice and equity. Scholars are mentored to be leaders that positively contribute to their communities.

HISTORY: Established in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in 2012 and a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, SLI offers college access programming as well as dual enrollment tuition assistance, computer awards, and college scholarships to its scholars in Harrisonburg, Richmond, and Winchester. The SLI concept was founded by Peter Iver Kaufman in 2001 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Kaufman brought SLI to Virginia in 2008, and continues to serve as its program director in Richmond.