SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The National AIDS Memorial, through its Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship Program, has awarded ten outstanding undergraduate students $50,000 in financial scholarships to further pursue their educational goals and commitment to active roles of public service and leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Named in honor of AIDS educator, activist and reality television pioneer Pedro Zamora, who passed away on November 11, 1994 from an AIDS-related illness, the scholarship program has helped support the education of young people who today are engaged in a wide variety of HIV-related work both in school as well as within the chosen academic field. "Pedro knew that the key to changing social misconceptions about HIV/AIDS lay in the hands of the youth of America," said Pedro's Real World roommates Pam Ling, M.D. and Judd Winick, author/illustrator of the award-winning graphic memoir Pedro and Me. "With the support of the Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship, these ten young students will continue making a positive difference in their communities. We're very proud of these recipients and the work National AIDS Memorial is doing continuing his legacy." The scholarships recipients announced today will each receive a $5,000 scholarship and include Caitlyn Anderson, sophomore, University of Nevada Las Vegas; Tsion Afman, freshman, University of Washington; Albert Appouh, junior, Rutgers University; Benjamin Di'Costa, freshman, Truman College; Patrick Sabillon, freshman, Florida State University; Ruben Molina, junior, University of Florida; Abdon Orrostieta, a second year scholarship recipient, senior, University of Central Florida; Hannah Piecuch, freshman, Agnes Scott College; Nestor Rogel, junior, Cal State University Dominguez Hills; and Manuel Venegas, a second-year scholarship recipient, senior, University of Washington. "I made a promise to myself and to my mom after she died that I would work to empower and support youth living with HIV/AIDS," said Rogel. "This scholarship from the National AIDS Memorial will help me continue my education and serve as a positive role model helping break the stereotypes about HIV/AIDS."