From the Desk of: Dulce

This post was written by SVSLI Scholar Dulce about her application experience of the program. 

The Scholars at SVSLI's first fundraising event

The Scholars at SVSLI’s first fundraising event

About this time last year

I learned about SV-SLI and decided I wanted to apply.  At first it didn’t seem real that I could apply for a college scholarship program as a freshman.  But I filled out the application anyway.

The essay part of the application was tremendously stressing, but after many, many, many hours I was finally satisfied with it.  In the essay I wrote about my motivation for going to college and about my family’s support.  I also said I wanted to make my family proud by being the first in my family to graduate from college.  As part of the application process, I had to go through an interview, which was a very emotional process.  One of the questions I was asked was “What will your family think if you aren’t selected?”  Continue reading

Speaking with Students

This post was written by SVSLI intern Erica Demson.

Erick Zaldivar, an unde578201_10200185617457343_629949993_nrgraduate student majoring in Marketing at James Madison University, tells me his story about coming to America, finding self-motivation and following his love for music on a path to a successful career.

Our last post from Sandy, board member for SVSLI, speaks about how passion and motivation can help propel yourself into a career that you truly enjoy. Pursuing your interests and pushing yourself is essential to reach your goals. So, in the spirit of inspiration, I have to pass along a conversation that I had with a friend and fellow student, Erick.   Erick grew up in Rockingham County. His family moved from Mexico to the United States when he was only three… Continue reading

Of Bridges and Precipices: Classroom Appointment as the Ordering of Class Consciousness


This post was submitted by Jossimar Díaz Castro, member of the SVSLI Board of Directors

I began the struggle to grasp for an iota of consciousness during the last part of my years as a student in my high school. I began to be formed by a realization that Class – the compendium of racial, gender, economic, etc. markers – was a decisive element in the social organization of our school, and thus, in the character formation of us students. The more consciousness I struggled to grasp, the more conscience indicated to me that class organization and I – a Latino, immigrant, working-class, young man – just could note not engage favorably.


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A Thanksgiving Lesson on Challenges

I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving! My family and I went to Luray for a rejuvenating time of hiking, smores, and horseback riding. On the last day, though, our car broke down. My dad was able to get a ride back home and pick up a car to drive back to our family. I learned an important lesson here. Your plans are likely to get messed up, but this shouldn’t deter you from reaching your goals. Everyone has times when they wanted something to go perfect and it fell through. There is a key I’ve found to getting through these tough times. It’s attitude. When our car broke down I was pretty angry because it really threw a wrench in our plans. But my parents were looking at this malfunction as a challenge and had a good attitude about it. If the whole family was angry we would have had a much more difficult time getting home.


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