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ABOUT

OUR MISSION

Valley Scholars College Initiative aims to promote college access and equity, furthering opportunities for students from the Central Valley of California.

OUR VISION
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We're building a community where each student has an equitable opportunity to access higher education and garner local opportunities.

OUR STORY

Valley Scholars College Initiative was founded in Turlock, California in 2018 by three students and Central Valley natives who knew all too well the inequitable access to information and support when applying to college.


Motivated to generate change and progress in their community, they developed college access programming for underserved students. As we have continued to grow, we moved to provide space for students to meaningfully engage in the Central Valley’s abundant opportunities.


Now, Valley Scholars College Initiative operates a fellowship program, workshops program, scholarships program, and an essays program at no cost to a range of target populations as we work towards our visionary world. Together, we can work to promote equity and access in the Central Valley. Join us as we continue to learn, lead, and grow.

"WE BELIEVE EVERY STUDENT IS WORTHY OF AN AFFORDABLE, HIGH-QUALITY, TRANSFORMATIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION EXPERIENCE."

 

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

JULIÁN AGUILAR
JULIÁN AGUILAR

PRESIDENT

LAUREN MACHADO
LAUREN MACHADO

SECRETARY

BRANDON HARDEN
BRANDON HARDEN

TREASURER

 

OUR STAFF

JULIÁN AGUILAR
JULIÁN AGUILAR

PRESIDENT

JORDAN MALLACH
JORDAN MALLACH

VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS

ALONDRA HERRERA
ALONDRA HERRERA

DIRECTOR OF THE WORKSHOPS PROGRAM

PARISA JAHANGIRIZADEH
PARISA JAHANGIRIZADEH

CONTRIBUTING VOLUNTEER FOR STRATEGY & DEVELOPMENT

LAUREN MACHADO
LAUREN MACHADO

VICE PRESIDENT OF PROGRAMS

EMILIO MENDOZA
EMILIO MENDOZA

VICE PRESIDENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

ILIA MAHNS
ILIA MAHNS

DIRECTOR OF THE SCHOLARSHIPS PROGRAM

BRANDON HARDEN
BRANDON HARDEN

VICE PRESIDENT OF FINANCE

ALEXA VALLADOLID
ALEXA VALLADOLID

DIRECTOR OF THE FELLOWS PROGRAM

KYRA JOHNSON
KYRA JOHNSON

CONTRIBUTING VOLUNTEER FOR THE STUDENT SUPPORT NETWORK

 

OUR ADVISORY BOARD

LIZETT AGUILAR
LIZETT AGUILAR
MARTIN MARES
MARTIN MARES
JAIME L. DEL RAZO
JAIME L. DEL RAZO
PERFECTO MUÑOZ
PERFECTO MUÑOZ
MARITZA DEL RAZO
MARITZA DEL RAZO
 

OUR PARTNERS

As part of our President's Initiatives, we are actively working to partner with colleges and universities, local high schools, and community groups to help promote our mission.

 

If you are interested in partnering with us, please complete the below partnership form and we'll reach out to connect to discus ways to support our Central Valley students.

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OUR FUNDERS

Valley Scholars College Initiative is grateful to our funders and sponsors for their generous support. In addition to the many individual donors who help make our work possible, we would like to thank our current funder.

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