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Fr. Jorge da Silva Scholarship Fund

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Fr. Jorge da Silva Scholarship Fund

The Fr. Jorge da Silva Scholarship is awarded to High School Seniors and Current College Students from Our Lady of Refuge Parish. More about this can found in this article below that was posted in the Valley Catholic.


April 15 – May 15, 2023

Students that meet ALL 6 requirements are eligible to apply for the scholarship:

  1. Families earn below middle-low income;

  2. Must be registered in Our Lady of Refuge Parish;

  3. Agree to meet the application requirements;

  4. Are high school graduates;

  5. Have been accepted in a Community College or University

  6. Are returning college/university students.

  7. VERY IMPORTANT: Additionally, please include    

       » For new applications - Please include a copy of your 4 years of high school grades, AND a copy of your college/university

          acceptance letter also needs to be included 

       » For returning applications - Please include a copy of all your college/university grades to date.


Below you will find the time line, due dates, and procedures:

April 15:

Opening date for accepting all Fr. Jorge da Silva, SM Memorial Scholarship applications. Download applications in the links shown down below, and your E-mail or drop them off at the Parish Office.


May 15:

Closing date for receiving scholarship applications.  No exceptions !. All applications MUST be given to Mr. Luis Miranda

May 20th to June 10th (Tentative): 

New student applicants interviews.  beginning Saturday (TBD) and/or, Sunday (TBD)  after Holy Mass.  

July 2nd. : 

Scholarships given out at 8:00 a.m. Mass and 10:00 a.m. Mass * * * Bishop Cantú will be present.* * * 

Download, print out, and send completed (click on the blue bold words) "New Student application and Student Narrative" forms to:

Please contact:

Mr. Luis Miranda, Parish Office & Business Manager

Our Lady of Refuge

(408) 715-2278

Father Jorge da Silva Memorial Scholarship Fund

Jorge da Silva, SM, Marianist  1927-2009, priest, educator and spiritual guide, has left a rich legacy for those whose lives he touched.  Though he spent years in a wheelchair, he never considered himself “handicapped,” and believed that he was capable of accomplishing the same as anyone else – or more.  He became the best person he could be, and his message has weight, because he “walked the talk.”


Many academically gifted graduating high school seniors and present college students from Our Lady of Refuge Parish, in East San Jose, were able to tap into Fr. Jorge’s legacy and are following follow his footsteps, launching their lives into the pursuit of further education in various colleges and universities.  Their “handicap” was not physical, but economic.  As time goes on more college bound students are expected to need financial assistance for their books, fees, school supplies etc. 


These students, many who are daughters and sons of first generation immigrants, possess enormous potential and already are contributing to our society.  They are intelligent, hungry to learn, and desirous of making the world a better place.  They may have some financial challenges, but they are focused on their hopes and dreams of becoming the best they can be and making a difference in our world.


You are invited to support to this scholarship by making your tax- deductible (no administrative fees) contribution to:


Our Lady of Refuge Parish 

Notation-Fr. Jorge da Silva Scholarship


And sending to:

Luis Miranda, Parish Office & Business Manager

Our Lady of Refuge Parish

2165 Lucretia Ave.

San Jose, Ca 95122


Your generosity is most needed and appreciated.  Matt 25:40

“You did it unto Me.”

The Scholarship is intended for high school seniors continuing their education at accredited colleges or universities, and to students currently attending college/university and would like to apply for this scholarship, please complete the form below.

Thank you for applying for the Fr. Jorge de Silva Scholarship! You will be contacted should your application continue to scholarship consideration.

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