VALHEN's Hispanic College Institute

The VALHEN Hispanic College Institute (HCI) is a highly successful residential program that prepares Hispanic students in the Commonwealth of Virginia to enter and succeed in higher education. Since 2012, the VALHEN HCI, in partnership with the College of Business at Virginia State University (VSU), has been held at the VSU campus in Petersburg. See a slide show of the 2013 HCI at the bottom of this page or video at:


Registration will be available soon for those who would like to volunteer and support our participating students. Please continue to visit this site to look for updates. Thank you in advance for your volunteerism.


Please note that the HCI mailing address has changed to:

VALHEN Hispanic College Institute
3420 Pump Road #405
Richmond, VA 23233-1111

Applications for VALHEN's Hispanic College Institute (HCI) 2014 program are now open. To apply, go to: The deadline is slated for March 24, 2014. The deadline has been extended by one week. Applications are now due on March 31, 2014. Please mark this date on your calendar if you are interested in applying.

Remember that you must submit your college essay within 2 weeks of having received your acceptance letter. In order to facilitate the essay submission process, we have prepared a template for all applicants to use. Please be sure to use the template linked below.


  • 2.5 GPA or above
  • current high school sophomore (rising junior) or junior (rising senior)
  • enrolled full-time in a Virginia high school

The program is free to the students, who are asked to pay a modest $10 application fee upon accepting our offer of admission. (This application fee may be waived if requested.) Free bus transportation is also provided for students to and from Virginia State University.

The HCI is based on research and input from Hispanic educators and community leaders, and much of the content is delivered by Hispanics who can relate to the students’ experiences and challenges. The program provides clear and practical college application and financial aid information and allows students to have the opportunity to engage with successful Hispanic leaders and role models who will help inform them about career and educational opportunities. If admitted, students will:

  • live on a college campus
  • receive help writing a college application essay
  • participate in STEM-related workshops (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) sponsored by
  • NASA
  • learn and/or improve public speaking, presentation and interviewing skills
  • experience increased awareness of community-focused civic engagement
  • understand the financial aid and FAFSA application processes
  • acquire knowledge on how to search for available scholarships and other types of financial aid
  • meet and engage with Hispanic leaders and role models to learn about their career successes
  • have the opportunity to meet with college admissions and financial aid representatives
  • compete for available scholarships
  • participate in a College, Career and Community Resource Fair

Parents will be invited to meet with VSU’s President and to stay for the closing ceremonies. (Detailed information will be included in the student’s admissions packet.)

Para información en español, vea: 2014 HCI flyer_Spanish_Extended_Deadline.pdf.

Slide show of HCI 2013