Who Can Apply: The Scholarship supports young leaders who carry the torch of activists, like Pedro, in pursuit of a bold vision that never again will a community be harmed because of fear, silence, discrimination, or stigma. Much like Pedro himself, this Scholarship seeks to support young scholars who embody their activism work in ways inspired by their own passions, insights, originality, and conviction.
When the National AIDS Memorial launched the Scholarship in 2009, we looked to young activists to tell us how their career choice would impact the trajectory of the AIDS epidemic. As the program grew, we saw how more and more of our scholars worked at the intersection of health and social justice in a variety of ways.
Moving forward, we are looking to grow our Scholarship program to embrace a broader interpretation of 21st century public health and health justice issues. Examples of a scholarship recipient’s work may include, but are not limited to:
● HIV/AIDS research, prevention, treatment, access and activism
● Public health and health justice
● Reproductive health
● Serving in peer education, prevention, and community resource programs
● Racial justice
● Immigrant rights
● LGBTQ+ equality and rights
● Drug policy and drug sentencing reform
● Employment and economic justice issues
● Housing and homelessness
● Technology innovation that supports justice work
Deadline: July 15, 2023