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2020’s Richard R. Silver Memorial Scholarship Recipients

July 13, 2020

Hacienda CDC would like to congratulate Aida Marquez Murga and Daniela Carballo-Rodriguez for receiving 2020’s Richard R. Silver Memorial Scholarships.

Ms. Murga is an immigrant who graduated at the top 5% of her class from Tigard High School with a 3.94 grade point average on June 20, 2020. She was a member of the School’s dance team including last year being named captain of the Team which won the State Championship two years in a row. Aida achieved academic excellence, being co-president of the French Honor Society, as well as a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society. Her volunteer activities included among many others, mentoring 8th graders, helping at the local library, the Portland Special Olympics, the Oregon Food Bank, serving Thanksgiving breakfast to seniors, and helping to raise funds for the National Immigration Law Center.

Her High School Counsellor describes Aida as “…compassionate, intelligent and independent enough to know how to navigate what she needs in this world”. She states further that Aida has taken “…the most rigorous coursework that Tigard High offers”. And finally that Aida “…has made a significant impact in our Tigard community by welcoming new students and helping them navigate high school.”

Ms. Murga will be attending the Honors College at Oregon State University. She is majoring in biology with an option in pre-med. She thinks she would like to pursue a career in the medical field as a doctor, in large part because she wants to be able to reach out to Hispanic women and men to make them feel welcome and in many cases to translate for them.


Ms. Carballo graduated with High Honors from Roosevelt High School in Portland with a 3.84 GPA on June 7th, 2020. And she did all of this while helping to raise 6 younger siblings as well as working every weekend since age 16. In addition to activities at Roosevelt she has been involved as an activist working for Climate Change including making presentations to the City of Portland. At Roosevelt as a result of her activities and academic performance she was awarded a Harold & Pauline Bryan Scholarship, a PCC Future Connect Scholarship and a Seal of Bi-literacy scholarship.

In her letter of recommendation from her Ethnic Studies and Senior Inquiry teacher at Roosevelt he states that Daniela is “…so remarkable, so memorable, so deserving that you want to scream for them through the finish line.” He states further that “I have been honored to watch her learn, build and lead (the) community and challenge so much injustice as we truly engage in genuine learning for justice in social studies.”

Ms. Carballo will be attending Oregon State University in the fall and plans to pursue a career as a Pediatric Nurse.  She is “…dedicated to building bridges with others.” As her Ethics Studies teacher also stated, “…she wants the education for her own justice, as well as that of her community and her peers.” In addition Daniela hopes to go through educational programs that will help her “…travel the world to be able to serve the less fortunate.”