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Ryan White Legacy Scholarship

The Ryan White Legacy Scholarship is awarded to graduate students pursuing a Master of Public Health degree with preference given to students studying AIDS/STD prevention and/or sexual education.

The donors of this scholarship wish to honor the legacy of Ryan White, the rural Indiana youth who contracted HIV at age 13 from tainted blood products given for his hemophilia. Ryan became the national poster child for HIV/AIDS in the United States after being expelled from school because of his illness. He died April 8, 1990. In his honor, “The Ryan White Care Act”, the single largest federal program designed for people with HIV in the United States, was created in 1990. In 2009, the Indiana University Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention (RCAP) established the Ryan White Distinguished Leadership Award. Jeanne White Ginder, Ryan’s mother, was the first recipient of this prestigious award.