Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship Program

Award Amount
Application deadline
Awarded By:

National AIDS Memorial Grove

Number of Awards & Eligibility: A minimum of eighteen awards offered annually.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must reside or study in the 50 United States.
  3. Must be a current high school senior or college freshman, sophomore, or junior.
  4. Must be 27 years of age or younger.
  5. Must have an overall grade point average of 2.5 or higher.
  6. Must demonstrate an active commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS and taking on roles of public service and leadership. Students must also plan to continue to find ways to make a difference in the epidemic through their careers or through public service opportunities after their education is complete.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: Dedicated to continuing the legacy of AIDS educator and activist Pedro Zamora, the Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship supports the undergraduate academic pursuits of young activists (27 years of age or under) working in their communities who carry Pedro's torch forward in pursuit of a bold vision that never again will a community be harmed because of fear, silence, discrimination, or stigma. Using the HIV/AIDS activism movement as an example, the scholarship supports students taking up social justice work in its many forms and whose activism and work is inspired by their own passions, insights, originality, and conviction. When the National AIDS Memorial launched the program in 2009, its focus was on selecting scholars who were pursuing careers and community work around HIV/AIDS. Today, the program has evolved, to support young students who are actively engaged in health and social justice issues in a variety of ways.

Application requirements for the Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship Program are:

  • Essay
  • Recommendation letter
  • Application form
  • Personal statement
  • Official Transcript
Additional Information: The scholarship is open to current or incoming undergraduate students (ages 27 and younger) enrolled in a U.S. community college or four-year university. Proof of acceptance or current enrollment is required. The academic, extracurricular, and/or career pursuits of scholars must be consistent with the goals of the scholarship program, including demonstrating an active commitment to community justice work, public service and other leadership roles. The National AIDS Memorial is committed to ensuring that Pedro Zamora's legacy continues and thrives through this scholarship. Since 2009, $410,000 has been provided in financial support to 112 scholars through the generous support of many partners, including Gilead Science

Award Amount: Chosen applicants will receive up to $5,000.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $90,000.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Saturday, July 15, 2023

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Saturday, July 15, 2023

All applications and supporting materials must be submitted by the listed deadline. No incomplete/late submissions will be accepted.
About National AIDS Memorial Grove:
Contact Information: Matt Kennedy, Operations/Development Assistant
Address: P.O. Box 2270 San Francisco, California 94126-2270

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