Need-based Service and Justice Experience Funding

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Father Ray Jackson

Fr. Ray Jackson 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.

Funding 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.  


  1. 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.
  2. Students may not apply for this grant if they have received funds from another grant source for the same Service Break Experience.
  3. Students may only receive this award once in their time at Villanova.
  4. Grants may only be used to assist with the cost of Campus Ministry sponsored Service Break Experiences. 
  5. Applications are to be filled out and submitted online.
  6. 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.

Fr. Ray Jackson was born in New York City in 1933. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, he joined the Augustinian Order at Villanova University. He graduated from Villanova in 1961 and was ordained a priest in 1965.

He spent the rest of his life teaching and inspiring young people as a high school teacher and college professor. At Villanova, he was immensely dedicated to both Campus Ministry and the Center for Peace and Justice Education, which he co-founded. In 1975, Fr. Ray started Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week as well as Balloon day. Fr. Ray passed away on June 5, 1997 but his legacy lives on through Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Balloon Day, and the Center for Peace and Justice Education.


The Durham Fund will provide up to half the cost of the trip’s travel expenses, with the final allocation being dependent on student need. Grants may only be received once and strong preference is given to trips that require air travel. Student who receive funds are required to write a 1,500 word reflection of their experience.  The essay is due two weeks after the student returns from his/her trip.