Applications Available for 2013 HIV/AIDS Scholarships

by Joyce Mitchell

Capital City AIDS Fund (CCAF) invites young people living with HIV/AIDS to apply for scholarships through the Helen Veress-Mitchell Scholarship Fund of up to $1,500 each per year to attend college or technical school.

One of CCAF’s primary goals is to raise money to distribute to local HIV+ youth to help them with school. To date, the scholarship fund has awarded approximately $150,000 to dozens of students.

CCAF prides itself on having two MA graduates and many BA and technical school grads. “What we have found is that many of our students, once they graduate, get jobs in the community helping others living with HIV/AIDS,” said Stuart Eldridge, CCAF scholarship committee chair. “We believe this is one of the best investments we could ever make.”

“I am one of those people that must never for a moment take for granted the time they have right now,” said 18-year-old Christina when she applied for her CCAF scholarship. “I was born with the HIV disease and I have had to live the 18 years of my life as if any day I will get sick.”

Unfortunately, Christina died from complications related to AIDS but not before receiving a $1,500 scholarship from the Helen Veress-Mitchell Scholarship Fund. She did enroll in college and said she had never been happier.

“With organizations like the Capital City AIDS Fund, it makes my dream of being an interior designer easier to obtain,” Christina said. “Hopefully, I will not leave this world knowing that there was something I never did get to do.”

Eldridge said that CCAF was honored to help Christina. “She is one of the many faces we remember and who remind us that we must not abandon this journey of helping people living with HIV/AIDS.”

Applications must be received no later than June 30. Scholarships will be awarded September 15, 2013. To get more information about scholarships and download applications, go to www.capcityaidsfund.org.

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