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Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship

Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship is open to all high school seniors, and college freshman, sophomores and juniors (ages 27 and younger) who demonstrate an active commitment to fighting AIDS. Scholarship funds can be used at any accredited 2 or 4 year undergraduate program for tuition and education-related expenses.

Applicants can attend any school, and the scholarship is open to students residing in all 50 states. Students must be able to demonstrate that they are active in their community in the fight against HIV/AIDS. They must have a GPA of 2.5 or above.

Eligible students may apply by returning a completed application, a cover letter explaining how the scholarship will help them achieve their goals, one letter of recommendation, and an essay of up to 1500 words that answers three specific questions about HIV/AIDS.

The scholarship is offered by The National AIDS Memorial Grove, a 10-acre serene park established in 1988 to remember the people who have died from AIDS. The memorial gained national status in 1996 when President Bill Clinton designated the Grove as the nation’s AIDS Memorial. The scholarship is named after AIDS educator and activist Pedro Zamora, who appeared on MTV’s The Real World 3: San Francisco, and died of an AIDS-related illness in 1994 at the age of 22.

The deadline for this scholarship is usually in MAY of each year, and the award amount is usually $2,500 - $5,000.

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