Richard R. Silver Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was created the in memory of Richard R. Silver, son of immigrants and remarkable Mexican-American. Mr. Silver believed in the importance of education for Hispanic youth, being proud of who you are and belief in your ability to accomplish any goal despite your background, minority status or economic circumstances.

This Scholarship aims to support exemplary Hispanic youth who wish to pursue higher education but require additional financial resources. The ideal applicant is someone who is highly motivated, and demonstrates outstanding leadership in their community.

Two scholarships of $2,500 each will be awarded to pay in this order, tuition, books, room & board and other college related expenses.

Hacienda CDC is the scholarship sponsor and will the selection will be made by them in their sole discretion.

This application for the 2021 scholarship must be electronically submitted, postmarked or delivered to the following no later than May 31, 2021.

Postal mail:
Jaclyn Sarna
Hacienda CDC
6700 NE Killingsworth St. Portland, OR 97218


Richard R. Silver

Richard Silver was born in 1917 in East Los Angeles California, the son of immigrants from Mexico, Mexico City and La Paz. He spent his youth and early adulthood in East Los Angeles as well as living in Mexico as a child. Living in East Los Angeles in the 30s, 40S and 50s could be a challenging time for Mexicans and those of Hispanic heritage. Although he never acquired wealth, he was rich in his beliefs. He believed that you should be proud of who you are, no matter who you are or where you came from, always do your best, question everything, don’t let others define you. Although he may not have read The Four Agreements, he lived them. Above all he believed in personal responsibility, and in education as a way to advance yourself. He was a lifelong volunteer. Even into his 80s he was volunteering to tutor Latino youth, he was bilingual of course. He challenged them to be he best they could be. Not to use their background or whatever they may lack as an excuse. Just work hard, be the best you can be.