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Valencia African Heritage Association (VAHA) Black History

Black History Month Theme (2022)

The Valencia African Heritage Association has adopted Black Health and Wellness as the 2022 Black History theme. Throughout the history of this nation, Black and Brown people have been negatively impacted by illness and disease. During the 1918 flu pandemic and “the Jim Crow era, Black patients often received substandard care because of the structural inequalities firmly set in place centuries ago (ex. underfunding and understaffed hospitals, racist white administrators, and overcrowding)… Fast forward to 2020 and similar patterns still exist during the Age of Covid-19 in overwhelmingly Black spaces.” Learn more about the theme.

2022 VAHA Scholarships


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Thanks to the Harry J. and E. Mary Hobbs Teaching Chair in Nursing endowment, Valencia African Heritage Association has created for 2021-2022 VAHA Presents: The Black Health & Wellness Initiative project. As part of the initiative, we plan to offer more than $14,000 in scholarship money to Valencia students. All scholarships are in honor of Rep John Lewis (1940-2020), civil rights leader who inspired us to get in “good trouble, necessary trouble” and enact change.

There are two types of scholarships being offered throughout the Spring of 2022. The “Woke” Scholarships will be given to select students for their participation in event programming. More information on the “Woke” Scholarships as part of the event programming.

The second type of scholarship are our “BIG Trouble” Scholarships. These six scholarships seek to engage Valencia Students by encouraging your creativity and knowledge following 2022’s National Theme of Black History Month’s theme: Black Health and Wellness.


There is one more opportunity to get “BIG Trouble” Scholarships totaling $1,031 for four recipients:


Black Music Month Scholarships (4 recipients)

Every June VAHA celebrates Black Music Month and Juneteenth. Following ASALH’s 2022 Black History Month theme Black Health and Wellness, we will be awarding four scholarships for our 2022 celebration.

  • Theme: How has music saved you or a loved one?

    • Qualifying entries will use the topic: “How has music saved you or a loved one?”. All entries will be uploaded in the application in the appropriate format.

  • Application Due Date: June 15, 2022
  • Award Date: Throughout the Black Music Month and Juneteenth Events in June 2022.


  • Format: Any creative format including and not limited to
    1. Spoken Word/Poetry: Whether it is spoken word or poetry, all entries must have an auditory component and uploaded through the application. No more than 5 minutes.
    2. Musical performance: If there are lyrics you should provide an additional document with the text or have the videos closed captioned. No more than 5 minutes.
    3. Essay: All entries will be submitted in text format (.doc, .docx, or .pdf). All entries should be between 350 - 500 words.
    4. Other visual mediums include, but are not limited to: digital art, painting, drawings, sculptures, graffiti, textile work, chalk work, photography, and mixed art. For media that cannot be submitted digitally, email with Subject line: Scholarship Help.



For any questions, email with Subject line: Scholarship Help.


Impact on BIPOC Women’s Health (2 recipients)

Theme: BIPOC Women’s Health

There is a disproportionate impact on health and wellness in women that belong to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities. This scholarship will be awarded to the student who is able to best demonstrate commitment in the advocacy of BIPOC (Black, Indiginous, People of Color)  Women’s Health and Wellness.

For this scholarship, each applicant must submit an essay (250-350 words) in which they discuss what they have done, are doing or plan to do to advocate for BIPOC women’s health and wellness. This includes studies, undergraduate research, pathways to healthcare for underserved communities, conversations with BIPOC women, volunteering and more.

Application Due Date: April 15, 2022

Award Date: April 29, 2022

For any questions, email with Subject line: Scholarships


BHM Events 2022

2022 Black History Month Events

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