Contact for PHCC Pre-college Programs
Shanna Francisco-King, Director
Patrick Henry Community College
College Board Opportunity Scholarships
The College Board Opportunity Scholarships program is now open for class of 2022 students. It guides students step by step through the college planning process. For each step that a student completes, they'll earn a chance at a $500 scholarship. When they complete all six steps, they'll earn a chance at $40,000. Please sign up and take the first step by building a college list on BigFuture.
Guided Pathway Support
The Guided Pathway Support Program (GPS) is a virtual college and scholarship advising program for African American high school juniors and seniors. The program invites students and parents to our online college access community for counseling and application support at no charge. The program does not have an application deadline and serves students throughout the calendar year.
Hispanic College Institute
The application deadline has been extended to April 18th, 2021. Please continue to share this virtual 2021 HCI opportunity with your students. We will provide a meaningful experience that will expose students to the amazing opportunities that HCI has to offer, including peer mentorship, college access programing, networking opportunities, and a commitment to the Latinx experience in higher education.
The Virginia Latino Higher Education Network's (VALHEN) Hispanic College Institute (HCI) is a FREE 3-day, virtual program that gives rising juniors and seniors in high school the opportunity to learn about the college admissions process while meeting Latinx professionals and engaging with Latinx College Students from all over the Commonwealth of Virginia. There is NO COST to the student to attend this virtual program.
The Hispanic College Institute will be held on July 15th through July 17th, 2021.
Benefits of attending HCI
Engagement with various academic disciplines through workshops and panels.
Engagement with Virginia Tech and various other colleges and universities.
Workshops on navigating and completing the college application process, applying for scholarships and financial aid.
Learn about resources available to Latinx Virginia high school students.
Gain mentorship and community.
Application closes: April 18th, 2021
Notification of acceptance: May 2021
Requirements to apply:
2.5 GPA or above
Rising junior or senior
Enrolled full-time in a Virginia high school
Virginia Tech CEM Program Preview Day
Virginia Tech CEED Opportunity
Pathways for Future Engineers Program at Virginia Tech Invites Applications
Rising 10th -12th grade students in Virginia who had neither parent graduate from a four-year college are invited to apply to become a Pathways Scholar through the Pathways for Future Engineers program in the Virginia Tech College of Engineering. The Pathways Scholar program is an all-expenses covered program in the Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity that supports first-generation students and their families on the pathway from high school to an engineering degree.
The Pathways Scholar program includes the following:
Our 2021 Cohort of Pathways Scholars will receive full scholarships to attend our Pathways 2020 Summer program, an online engineering experience, scheduled for July 25th – August 7th . This virtual experience will explore different academic and research programs in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech and will include online engineering activities and visits with engineering professionals throughout the state of Virginia and beyond. In addition, all students will participate in a team-based, problem-solving design experience in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Transportation with support from engineering students and professionals. Take a look at what Pathways did in Summer of 2020!
Campus Visits (as conditions allow)
Multiple opportunities to attend campus events and meet College of Engineering faculty and students leading up to college with all expenses covered for Pathways Scholars and a Pathways Partner (e.g., a parent, teacher, mentor, or other significant adult)
College Application Support
Students in the Pathways Program will receive special invitations to events and opportunities hosted by Virginia Tech staff that will include early application reviews, conversations on financial aid, and strategies for college planning.
Students in the Pathways for Future Engineers program will have the opportunity to be mentored by previous Pathways participants who are current Virginia Tech students as they prepare for college and develop a deeper interest in engineering. Additionally, Pathways will offer opportunities to connect with Virginia Tech faculty and professionals throughout the year.
All Program Costs Covered for Pathways Scholars
Students selected as Pathways Scholars participate in pathways experiences for free.
Virginia high school students who are rising 10th – 12th graders and who are potential first generation (i.e., neither parent has a bachelor’s degree).
How to Apply
Applications can be completed online at this link. Deadline to apply is May 1, 2021.