Q: What is your first and last name?
A: Jorge Silva.
Q: What is your high school graduation year?
Q: Which high school did you attend as a Murphy Scholar?
A: St. Paul's School (Concord, NH).
Q: What clubs in high school did you participate in?
A: Wrestling Team, Afro-Latino Alliance, La Sociedad, Fiske Cup Play Competition, and all the high school plays.
Q: What DMSF programs did you participate in?
A: Summer Bridge, Mentorship, and Affinity Group.
Q: What was DMSF’s impact on you?
A: The DMSF Scholarship set me on an entirely unanticipated, unfathomable path. Our agency as a family shifted away from what was strictly defined by our socioeconomic status; it opened a world of privilege and opportunity previously believed to be unavailable to us.
I learned how much is truly placed on us as the next generation - the hopes and dreams of our communities became more and more apparent to me as I matured as a DMSF scholar. How much responsibility accompanies newfound privilege and with that realization an obligation to succeed, if not for ourselves, but for all those who invested in us. It taught me what I was truly capable of and de
Q: Why was receiving a good education so important to you?
A: As I mentioned previously, education was seen as the gateway to upward mobility. With a meaningful education, I could help achieve more than was predetermined by our lives as immigrants.
Q: For you, what does it mean to be a Murphy Scholar?
A: I believe being a Murphy Scholar is a charge - it is a commitment to place service at the center of our personal missions so that the same efforts that benefitted us can benefit others. To be a Murphy Scholar is to be a leader with a willingness to be courageous and compassionate.
Q: What advice do you have for current Murphy Scholars?
A: Cut your hair and stop letting insecurity make your decisions for you.
Moreover, be kind - there’s time to learn everything else, but the moments that end up living with you on a daily basis are the moments where you succeeded and failed at being empathetic and loving.
Q: What college did you attend?
A: Cornell University (Undergrad); The University of Chicago (MBA).
Q: What did you major in?
A: BA in Government, BA in Theatre; Behavior Science Concentration in MBA program.
Q: What is your current job title and company?
A: Managing Director, Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts - Northwestern University.
Q: What college scholarships did you receive?
A: Perez Scholarship (undergrad); Neubauer Civic Scholarship (graduate)