Vielka Hoy Consulting was founded in 2013 and is committed to supporting students in their college ambitions. We are a college counseling consultancy that specializes in working with underserved communities: students of color; immigrant and first-generation students; low-income students; girls; and students in public schools. We realize that includes a lot of students—most everyone—but we take the approach that these students are not getting the level of service that students and families with means are getting. So, we decided to see what happens when the students who typically would not receive this level of service actually did.
And we found a service that works.
Thus far, VHC clients have been admitted to and are attending selective four-year universities with their funding needs met. These universities include:
• Barnard College
• Columbia University
• Duke University
• New York University
• Northwestern University
• Oberlin College
• Pepperdine University
• St. Mary’s College
• UC Berkeley
• University of Pennsylvania
• University of Southern California
…and many more.
The need to graduate from college is more important now than ever. Doing so with as little debt as possible, is becoming more difficult. That’s why we are committed to graduating students, in as close to four years, with as little debt as possible.
We work with students and families as early as Grade 7 and as late as Fall of Grade 12. We begin with a consultation with the student and family to assess your concerns and goals, share more about our services, and propose a plan to best meet your needs.
We offer a scaled service with holistic support for all of our clients. As a client, you will work with our CEO & Founder, a designated Case Manager, and customized support from our team of tutors and education experts.
Our offices are located in San Francisco, California and Portland, Oregon. All of our services can be accessed remotely, and we work with clients throughout the U.S. as well as international students.
Vielka has been in education for nearly twenty years as a middle and high school teacher and university instructor. She earned a BS in Social Studies Education from New York University and MA in Afro-American Studies from UCLA, and most of her doctorate at UC Berkeley in African Diaspora Studies. Vielka also founded Bridge to College Inc, a web app, and works as a program associate and specialist in educational technologies at the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. Vielka is an Afro-Latina and was a first-generation college student. You may also see her riding her bike down both University Aves in Berkeley and Palo Alto without a helmet #freethedread.
Taryn earned her BA in Adolescent Education from St. John’s University in 2012. After graduating she served an AmeriCorps year with City Year, changing her goals from teaching Italian to teaching Math! She taught at several charter schools in Brooklyn, NY and earned her Masters Degree from Relay Graduate School of Education. She is excited to use her experience as an educator and coach to support students and families through the journey of applying to and persisting through college. #EachOneTeachOne
Azhia is a senior at Stanford University double majoring in Computer Science and Biology. She is really interested in ways to combine tech with health and healthcare delivery. Azhia loves working with students and helping them reach their goals. In her free time, Azhia likes to read, bike, and bake. #foodie
Guadalupe is a rising Junior at Claremont McKenna College where she plans to major in Mathematics and Spanish. Throughout high school, Guadalupe understood that as a first generation college student she wanted to give back to her community and became involved with different affinity and centers on campus. Despite being from Los Angeles, Guadalupe has not explored much of her home city. Given this, on her free time, Guadalupe likes to go out and see other sites and explore secret jewels of the city. #Wheretonext?
Jaime Luis Benitez, or Luigi (as he is known by his peers and colleagues) is a student at the University of Southern California, pursuing a major in Mathematics and a minor in Applied Analytics. Some of Luigi’s favorite hobbies are playing games, working out, and socializing with friends. #FightOn