Young Leaders Scholarship Program
The National AIDS Memorial Grove Young Leaders Scholarship Program (YLSP) recognizes, supports and encourages the educational efforts of young people committed to active roles of public service and leadership in the struggle against HIV/AIDS.
YLSP is open to current high school seniors and college undergraduates who have demonstrated an active commitment to fighting AIDS (for example: providing peer-based prevention and education; advocacy or activism; public awareness; and/or practical, emotional or treatment support to people living with HIV/AIDS).
All applicants must describe their leadership experience and its significance to the future of the epidemic in an essay of up to 1,000 words. Applicants will be asked to provide a recommending letter. Applications will be judged by a panel of community leaders.
A minimum of five YLSP scholarships, ranging in amounts from $1,000 to $2,500, are awarded. Winners are recognized on World AIDS Day.
Who we are
The National AIDS Memorial Grove is a living tribute to all whose lives have been touched by HIV/AIDS. The Memorial provides a healing sanctuary for grieving, gathering and renewal, and is committed to keeping the human tragedy of AIDS in the forefront of the national consciousness.
We encourage applicants to learn about the Memorial, and if possible, to visit and explore its unique cultural and historic significance.
- A completed Application
- A brief personal statement explaining how the YLSP can assist you in achieving your academic goals
- A written essay, in which you: a) reflect on the ways in which your life has been impacted by HIV/AIDS, and b) explore and describe the ways in which you have provided public service or leadership designed to make a difference in the lives of people with HIV/AIDS, or people at risk
- A written letter of recommendation from a teacher, program coordinator, or other adult supervisor/ally/community leader familiar with your service
September 16, 2013: Application and Personal Statement Due
September 30, 2013: Essay Due