The National AIDS Memorial Grove announced the naming of its youth scholarship program in honor of AIDS educator, activist & reality television pioneer Pedro Zamora, who passed away 20 years ago from an AIDS-related illness. 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. Eric Ciasullo, National AIDS Memorial Grove Board Member stated, “Pedro dedicated his life to fighting the growing HIV/AIDS pandemic. Working diligently to raise public awareness, he helped arm other young people with the information & tools they needed to protect themselves against the virus. We honor Pedro’s courage and legacy through this scholarship program.” At the age of 22, Pedro Zamora captivated the nation with his openness, compassion, vitality & 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 & openly HIV-positive. Viewers saw him living his life with joy & integrity & trying to make a difference in the world. Scholarship applications are being accepted through Oct. 15, 2014. Scholarship recipients will be announced on World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, 2014 with awards ranging from $2,500 to $5,000.
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