HIV League Awards 39 Student Scholarships

The HIV League has announced the eighteen 2021 HIV League Scholars and twenty-one recipients of the HIV League Micro-Scholarship, investing $104,500 in their education.

The HIV League is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower the HIV community through scholarship, wellness, and education. To achieve those goals, the HIV League sponsors the HIV League Scholarship, the only national scholarship program for students living with HIV, as well as the needs-based HIV League Micro-Scholarship. The HIV League works to bring higher educational equity among students who are a part of the HIV community. Acknowledging the many intersectional factors that individuals in the HIV community hold, the HIV League Scholarship also works to help achieve higher educational equity among women, Blacks, Indigenous people, and transgender BIPOC. The recipients are selected because they have shown how promising they are as students living with HIV through their educational accomplishments, leadership, and service.

This year’s HIV League Scholars are full-time students and will reach receive $7,000 over two years, include: Christan Eduardo, of Brooklyn, New York; Enrique Hernandez, of New York, New York; Shakira J. Gonzalez Hernandez of San Juan, Puerto Rico; Del Likins of Portland, Oregon; Ang Quiroz of Riverside, California; and Andrew Stinson of Los Angeles, California. HIV League Scholars receiving $3,500 over one year include: K. Anderson of Tempe, Arizona; Grant Gutierrez of Seattle, Washington; Ethan Hawes of Lexington, Kentucky; Dominic Min-Tran of Seattle, Washington; and Martez Smith of Brooklyn, New York.

HIV League Scholars who are part-time students and will receive $1,000 to $1,500 over one year include Danny Burke of Portland, Oregon; Billy Brown of Eastern Texas; Barbara Darby of San Francisco, California; Brooke Davidoff of Long Beach, California; Alejandro Gonzalez-Caceres of Miami, Florida; TerahAnn Green of Indianapolis, Indiana; Sato Hilario of Brooklyn, New York; Eunice Mejiadeu of Winchester, Virginia; Kara R. of Sacramento, California; Miguel Garcia of Seattle, Washington; and Claudine Rose of Bronx, New York.

Recognizing that HIV-related stigma still exists today with roots in homophobia, transphobia, racism, and misogyny, the HIV League gives recipients of the HIV League Scholarship the option not to make their name public. The remaining 2021 HIV League Scholars have taken that option and requested that their names remain private.

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—Reporting by Hank Trout

Hank Trout, Senior Editor, edited Drummer, Malebox, and Folsom magazines in the early 1980s. A long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS (diagnosed in 1989), he is a forty-year resident of San Francisco, where he lives with his husband Rick.