|[August 15, 2014]
National AIDS Memorial Scholarship Program Named in Honor of AIDS Educator, Activist and Reality TV Pioneer Pedro Zamora
SAN FRANCISCO --(Business Wire)--
The National AIDS Memorial Grove announced today the naming of its youth
scholarship program in honor of AIDS educator, activist and reality
television pioneer Pedro Zamora, who passed away 20 years ago from an
The Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship Program will help foster the
next generation of leaders, helping support the academic efforts of
emerging young people who share Pedro's passionate commitment to ending
the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
"Pedro dedicated his life to fighting the growing HIV/AIDS pandemic,"
said Eric Ciasullo, National AIDS Memorial Grove board member. "Working
diligently to raise public awareness, he helped arm other young people
with the information and tools they needed to protect themselves against
the virus. We honor Pedro's courage and legacy through this scholarship
At the age of 22, Pedro Zamora captivated the nation with his openness,
compassion, vitality and charisma when he appeared on MTV's The Real
World 3: San Francisco (1994). At the veritable dawn of reality
television, America watched a young Latino who was openly gay and openly
HIV-positive. Viewers saw him living his life with joy and integrity,
and trying to make a difference in the world
"We are heartened that 20 years after his passing, Pedro Zamora's legacy
continues on with the Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship. Pedro
would be so proud that his work and his fight will be carried on by the
very young people he was fighting for," said Judd Winick, Pedro's Real
World roommate and author/illustrator of the award-winning graphic
memoir Pedro and Me.
The Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship Program is funded primarily
through a grant provided by UnitedHealthcare, a long-standing supporter
of the National AIDS Memorial Grove.
Scholarship applications are being accepted through Oct. 15, 2014 and
can be downloaded from the National AIDS Memorial Grove website at www.aidsmemorial.org.
Scholarship recipients will be announced on World AIDS Day on Dec. 1,
2014 with awards ranging from $2,500 to $5,000.
High school seniors, and college freshman, sophomores and juniors (ages
27 and younger) are eligible to apply. Applicants are asked to
demonstrate an active commitment to fighting AIDS, taking on roles of
public service and leadership, and who intend to pursue a career that
will have a clear and demonstrable impact on the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
"UnitedHealthcare is honored to support the Pedro Zamora Young Leaders
Scholarship Program, which helps the educational efforts of young people
who will continue to carry the torch that Pedro lit 20 years ago in the
fight against HIV/AIDS," said Brandon Cuevas, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of
California. "This is an important program that is helping inspire the
next generation of leaders who will eventually find a cure for this
The scholarship program began in 2009 and has helped support the
education of young people who today are engaged in a wide variety of
HIV-related work both in school as well as within the chosen academic
Some examples include pursuing a medical degree to work with
HIV-positive individuals; strengthening community-based peer-education
programs targeting both high-risk and HIV+ youth and young adults in a
college setting; academic studies in the fields of microbiology and
computers to pursue a career in HIV research; working in an
international setting providing HIV-prevention efforts; entering into
the business/philanthropic community to strengthen corporate efforts to
help fund community initiatives; and studying to continue working in the
reproductive-health field to work with high-risk young women and
addressing HIV, STDs, and reproductive health.
Further information and applications are available at www.aidsmemorial.org,or
by contacting Steve Sagaser at (415) 765-0497 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Details about helping fund and support the Pedro Zamora Young Leaders
Scholarship Program can also be found on the website. All donors will be
recognized on World AIDS Day, when this year's scholarship recipients
About the National AIDS Memorial Grove: The National AIDS
Memorial Grove is a dedicated space in the national landscape where
millions of Americans touched directly or indirectly by AIDS can gather
to heal, hope, and remember. The Grove was created more than 20 years
ago at the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic as a place where those
impacted by AIDS could both grieve and begin the process of healing. In
1996, The Grove was elevated as a National Memorial through legislation
sponsored by Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and signed into law by President
Bill Clinton. Today, more than 18,000 individuals from around the world
have contributed over 135,000 volunteer hours to support The National
AIDS Memorial Grove and its mission to provide, in perpetuity, a place
of remembrance so that the lives of people who died from AIDS are not
forgotten and the story is known by future generations. For more
information visit www.aidsmemorial.org
or call 415-765-0498.
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