Fr. Ray Jackson was an Augustinian priest and campus minister who co-founded and served in Villanova's Center for Peace and Justice Education. Fr. Ray held these positions until his death in June of 1997. He was renowned for his desire and personal commitment to justice, peace and service to the poor. Not only was he tirelessly involved in service himself, he also possessed a vision that helped Villanova students use their education and resources on behalf of the poor, both locally and internationally. Our thanks to the generous donations of Fr. Ray's friends and Villanova Alumni who financially support the memorial fund.
A fund has been established by many of Fr. Ray's supporters that offers financial grants to students to help them continue in peace and justice education and direct service during their time at Villanova. The grants are awarded to Villanova students engaged in providing direct service to impoverished and marginalized people in the United States or abroad. Amounts are determined by need, the number applications, the overall cost of the service experience, and the fund balance. Grants range from $50-$500 and cannot exceed 50% of the cost of an Experience.
- A student must truly have a need for financial assistance in order to apply. This is the HONOR SYSTEM. The Grants are not to be considered an "easy way" to raise money for a Service Break Experience. Let your conscience be your guide in knowing that someone who may truly need financial help will be deprived of it if the monies are dispersed to those who do not have a serious need for support.
- Students may not apply for this grant if they have received funds from another grant source for the same Service Break Experience.
- Students may only receive this award once in their time at Villanova.
- Grants may only be used to assist with the cost of Campus Ministry sponsored Service Break Experiences.
- Applications are to be filled out and submitted online.
- A 1,500 word reflection paper about your experience will be due within 2 weeks of your return to the University. The paper is in the spirit of St. Augustine asking you to write on how the trip affected your mind and your heart.