The Reyna Valadez We Champion ELAC Scholars Scholarship

Reyna Valadez, Founder of Communities of San Gabriel Valley Project Access, adjunct professor for East Los Angeles College (ELAC), and holds a board seat as a proud Husky with the ELAC Foundation and Alumni Association. With over 20 years of public policy, non-profit leadership, and community development. Over the course of her career, she has mobilized state-wide and district-wide efforts that support equity initiatives like food insecurity, LGBTQ+ initiatives, health nutrition education, HIV/AIDS prevention, the importance of family in college success, potential pathways to citizenship, homelessness, foster care, workforce management and development, mental health education and prevention.  

To tackle the broad opportunities and challenges facing our communities, like urbanization, inequalities, intergenerational disadvantages, demographic shifts, environmental changes, and economically distressed neighborhoods, the Communities of San Gabriel Valley Project Access works to help eliminate barriers and create opportunities for change. We recognize that educational access and success continues to effect disproportionately communities of color. We also recognize that there is an interlink with several social determinants of health like nutritional standards, transportation, basic health care, housing, poverty, childcare, employment exclusions, the promotion of gender equality, and continued discrimination and criminalization of People of Color.  

We believe that those facing systematic barriers have the best ideas to change them, and through this scholarship we hope to equalize opportunities and transform lives.


• Please make checks payable to East Los Angeles College Foundation.
• Please make sure you write in the memo line "For The Reyna Valadez We Champion ELAC Scholars Scholarship".
• Mail the check to:
East Los Angeles College Foundation
1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez
Monterey Park, CA 91754


Who Should Apply:

Eligibility extends to ELAC Scholars from various Communities of Color, enrolled in a student services program in support of their upward trajectory and lifelong learning. Student service equity programs — lends support to learners to help them develop and achieve success. These offices also provide general counseling, tutoring, mentorship, and career planning assistance.  Student Support Services at ELAC can include but not limited to One Zone, AB 540 / Dream Resource Center, Education Justice Rising Scholars, LGBTQ Center, Umoja, NextUP, Veterans Resource Center, (Diversabilities Support Program Services (DSP&S), Extended Opportunity Programs Services (EOPS), International Students, Latina Completion & Transfer, CalWorks, etc.)

Applicants must be enrolled in a student success or student service equity program at ELAC and fall under the criteria listed below.
• Enrolled in a student success or student service equity program at ELAC
• Currently Enrolled in a minimum of 3 units
• GPA of 2.0

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