On June 8, 2018, The HIV League announced the names of their 2018 Scholars to receive an HIV League Scholarship. The four Scholars have exemplified living with HIV through their educational accomplishments, leadership, and service.
Alex Aldana is a thirty-one-year-old undocumented queer activist and movement organizer from Guadalajara, Mexico. Alex fights against the criminalization and human rights violations of trans/queer immigrant communities in the United States. He hopes to provide more funding for asylum seekers and previously incarcerated.
Tranisha Arzah is a first-year and full-time student starting in the fall quarter at Seattle Central College. The past five years, Tranisha has worked as a Peer Advocate for a supportive YWCA program in Seattle called BABES-Network. Her goal is to continue educating and advocating on behalf of vulnerable and marginalized communities such as the queer community and women of color in Seattle and surrounding areas.
Michael B. Clark is pursuing his Master of Public Health at New York University, specializing in Social and Behavioral Health. He has studied how stigma impacts the health and HIV-vulnerability of marginalized populations, with much of his research being with sexual minority refugees and migrants in East Africa. He looks forward to continuing his work to reduce stigma and improve health.
Drew Hockman, with a bachelor’s degree in Multidisciplinary Studies from the University of Minnesota, is a Master of Social Welfare student at the University of California, Berkeley. Drew’s primary research interest is the intersection of social welfare with public health. He has worked as a case manager with the Minnesota AIDS Project and served as co-chair of the Minnesota Council for HIV/AIDS Care and Prevention Disparities Elimination Committee.
The HIV League is a nonprofit organization working to empower the HIV community through scholarship, wellness, and education. The HIV League Scholarship is the only national scholarship awarded specifically to students living with HIV.
In a December 2017 feature, Daniel Szymczyk, founder and executive director of The HIV League, told interviewer Alina Oswald: “Education is a huge part of wellness, at least I believe that. We [at The HIV League] believe that the overall wellbeing of someone living with HIV includes education.”
To learn more about The HIV League and their scholarship for students living with HIV, log on to www.hivleague.org.
—Reporting by Hank Trout
Hank Trout, Editor at Large, edited Drummer, Malebox, and Folsom magazines in the early 1980s. A long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS (diagnosed in 1989), he is a thirty-eight-year resident of San Francisco, where he lives with his fiancé Rick. Follow him on Twitter @HankTroutWriter.