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. In partnership with the School of Business at Virginia State University (VSU), the first VALHEN HCI was held at the VSU campus, in Petersburg, from July 19-21, 2012.
The program 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:
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.)
Registration for VALHEN's Hispanic College Institute (HCI) 2014 program is now closed. Thank you to all who applied! If you are interested in applying for the 2015 program, please look for our announcement on this page in February of next year. Mark your calendars!
Please note that the HCI mailing address has changed to:
- VALHEN Hispanic College Institute
- 3420 Pump Road #405
- Richmond, VA 23233-1111
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 here.
Thank you to all who have registered to volunteer and support our participating students! For those interested in volunteering for HCI 2015, please visit this page in February of next year to find additional information.
VALHEN wishes to thank the HCI Volunteer Chairs and the vast number of other volunteers, including members of VALHEN, its Board of Directors, and other community volunteers for the many hours spent helping make HCI a reality. VALHEN also wishes to thank our generous sponsors for their support and faith in our mission. Without these individuals and sponsoring organizations, this endeavor would not be possible!
VALHEN would like to thank the following organizations for their generous sponsorship of the HCI program: