Scholars Latino Initiative

Mission statement

Scholars Latino Initiative (SLI) is a nonprofit organization that creates college opportunities for first-generation Latino high school students. We do this through rigorous academic challenge, leadership development, supportive mentorships and scholarship awards.


Since 2008 at George Wythe and Huguenot High Schools in Richmond, 2012 at Harrisonburg High School, and 2013 at John Handley High School in Winchester, SLI scholars have participated in college-level writing and analysis seminars taught by university faculty members, leadership and service activities with community partners, and leadership retreats held at area colleges and universities….READ MORE.


SLI has served more than 80 scholars since 2012 at Harrisonburg and John Handley High Schools. 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.READ MORE.