• A Reflection of Gratitude: Angela

    SLU alumna Angela (Huguenot High School ‘19) is studying Arts in Media & Communications at Shenandoah University, and recently wrote this:

    “Scholars Latino Initiative has changed my life tremendously and has provided me with help in many ways, giving me guidance and helping me financially and emotionally. At the beginning of my freshman year of high school I was concerned that people would look at me differently because I was new at my school, but my main concern was my future, as I thought I was unable to go to college due to the lack of money and my language barrier. 

    “But when I had the opportunity to join SLI, I saw doors open my way. I was able to meet more people like me who wanted to achieve their dreams. I was able to connect with important people who would academically guide me to choose the right path for my future.” READ MORE

  • Meeting Mary

    Educational inequalities and how SLI opens doors

    Scholars Latino Initiative’s director of development Christopher Clymer Kurtz first learned about SLI in 2018 when he interviewed one of its scholars, Mary, for a WMRA report about inequalities in education. He recently reconnected with Mary, and wrote this update. READ MORE


  • SLI scholar profile: Everth

    Even though soccer had always been a big part of his life, the suspense was nerve wracking. SLI scholar Everth had never before tried out for a school athletic team, and that February night, along with 60 or 70 hopeful peers, he watched as the coaches filled their rosters. READ MORE

  • SLI scholar profile: Flory

    Today, it’d be different. But then, back in November 2019, the Richmond Times-Dispatch headline quoted SLI scholar Flory as saying, “I didn’t know that I could make a difference.” READ MORE

  • SLI scholar profile: Noel

    Talk even briefly to SLI scholar Noel, and you’ll quickly figure out that he’s a passionate learner with varied interests, Ivy League goals and a growth mindset. READ MORE

  • SLI scholar profile: Elly

    By the time her family left Guatemala when she was eight years old, SLI alum Consuelo “Elly” Mazariegos already knew what she wanted to do with her life: care for people. READ MORE