2017 Scholarship Applications OPEN!

APPLICATION AVAILABLE HERE Dedicated to assist Virginia Latinx/Hispanic students to pursue higher education within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Scholarship awards are for one-year, and will be paid directly to the recipient’s college or university to cover tuition, books, and/or fees. Application Begins: May 20, 2016 Application Deadline: October 3rd, 2016 Awarded: Friday, March 3, 2017 Where: VALHEN’s Encuentro 2017 at … Read More

HCI 2016 Emails out!

HCI 2016 emails have been sent; every applicant, regardless of status, receives an email.

White House selects HCI as “Bright Spot”

VALHEN’s Hispanic College Institute (HCI) has been chosen by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics as one of a select group of only 230 Bright Spots in the entire nation! See www.ed.gov/HispanicInitiative for more information. Bright Spots are programs, models, organizations and initiatives that are supporting and investing in the educational attainment of Hispanics, from cradle-to-career.

2015 Encuentro

VALHEN’s 2015 Encuentro was hosted by James Madison University on October 9th, 2015. Held in the Madison Union Building, the day-long meeting was led by Karina Kline Gabel, Lecturer of Spanish at JMU’s Foreign Language Department. The Guest Speaker was Ms. Mary Morris, CEO of the Virginia529 Program. Attendees included faculty and administrators from JMU and several other higher education institutions, … Read More

VA Tech Hosting HCI

Virginia Tech will host VALHEN’s Hispanic College Institute (HCI) for the next three years, beginning with the 2016 HCI. The HCI is a highly successful residential program that prepares our Hispanic students to enter and succeed in higher education. For many of these high school participants, this is their first time on a college residential campus. VALHEN is thrilled with … Read More


Altria Community Foundation of Richmond Dominion JA Rodriguez – MMDS James Madison University John Robinson, DreamHost.com NASA Langley Research Center Northern Virginia Community College Educational Foundation Raytheon Company Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities Virginia Credit Union Virginia Tech Virginia529 Program Wells Fargo . . . and all the corporations, higher education institutions and community organizations who participated in the College … Read More

VALHEN Scholarship Winners Announced

Led by Co-Chairs Monica Gomez and Maria Nieto, the 2015 VALHEN Scholarships were awarded at the October 9th Encuentro at James Madison University. Scholarship recipients included: Juan de la Rosa Diaz, Virginia Tech, winner of VALHEN’s CVC Campaign Scholarship ($1,700) Anahely Cruz, Eastern Mennonite University, winner of a VALHEN Scholarship ($1,000) Ariel Ventura-Lazo, Northern Virginia Community College, winner of the … Read More

Members Attend 2015 Women’s Conference

A number of JMU’s Latino Student Alliance members who attended the Encuentro also attended the 2015 Women’s Conference in Roanoke on November 21. Their participation was engineered by Professor Tomas Regalado-Lopez, who made arrangements for transportation for ten Latinas to attend the free annual conference co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Mark Warner, Hollins University, Virginia Tech, the Roanoke Valley Convention and … Read More

Meet New Operations Director, Dr. Elda Stanco Downey

VALHEN would like to welcome its new Operations Director, Dr. Elda Stanco Downey. Dr. Downey is the Founder and CEO of Roanoke Spanish, a language and culture services firm located in Roanoke. Languages and communication are at her core – she was born in Venezuela and grew up trilingual, speaking Spanish and Italian at home, and English at the International school … Read More