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Virginia Latino Higher Education Network

Our Mission:


  We empower Latinx students in the Commonwealth of Virginia with the tools to succeed in high school, college, and beyond. 



HCI 2017




Our Impact


Years Serving communities 

From our beginnings as the Hispanic Youth Symposium under Governor Tim Kaine, to our Hispanic College Institute at Virginia Tech run by a full 501(C)(3) organization with hundreds of volunteers, VALHEN now prepares to celebrate our 10 Year Anniversary in 2019.  



Youth Impacted

We are 3000+ strong: our students are proud to attend Virginia Tech, the University of Virginia, William & Mary, James Madison University, George Mason University, Radford University. They are Gates Millenial Scholars, entrepreneurs, business and civic leaders, and strong members of our communities.  



thousand Dollars Raised - and we're just getting started

As we move into our 10 Year Anniversary, we continue to grow thanks to the generosity of our partners, supporters, and friends. Thank you!  ¡Muchas gracias!


Our Programs



hispanic college institute - HCI

June 28 - July 1, 2018

Virginia Tech

Applications open soon!

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March 9, 2018

Northern Virginia Community College - Annandale Campus

Register today! 





Scholarship recipients will be announced at the Encuentro on March 9, 2018.

The 2018 Scholarship application period will open in Fall 2018. 

The Hispanic College Institute

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Get Involved

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Sign Up For a Program

Encuentro 2018 Registration opens in January 2018.

HCI 2018 applications open in February 2018.

Volunteer opportunities

Are you a professional interested in working with Latinx youth and opening doors for them?

Are you a college student looking to give back to our communities? 

Pass it forward with VALHEN!

Make a Donation

Every dollar donated to VALHEN directly impacts youth in the Commonwealth of Virginia through scholarships and specialized programming. Thank you for standing strong with VALHEN!