Awards & Student Funding

Ryan White Distinguished Leadership Award

This award was created in 2009 by RCAP to honor Ryan White and persons who have made significant, national and/or international achievements in HIV/AIDS prevention. Ryan White, a rural, Indiana youth, contracted HIV in 1984 and became a national poster boy on AIDS until his death in 1990, a few months prior to his intended enrollment at Indiana University, Bloomington. The award plaque given to each recipient reads "in appreciation for your outstanding contributions to HIV/AIDS prevention and for being an exemplary bearer of the standard of excellence and commitment needed to combat HIV/AIDS."

2016 Recipient

Greg Louganis received the eighth Ryan White Distinguished Leadership Award at the inaugural Ryan White and William L. Yarber Lecture on March 1, 2016, sponsored by the Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention (RCAP) and the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington and conducted on the IU campus. The award was presented by Dr. William L. Yarber, RCAP senior director, and Jeanne White Ginder, Ryan's mother. Greg's presentation was Overcoming Adversity From an HIV Positive Legend, the inaugural Ryan White and William L. Yarber Lecture Series address.

Ryan White Leadership AwardGreg is considered by many as the greatest diver ever. He is the only male to sweep both the 3m and 10m diving events in consecutive Olympic Games ('84 and '88). He earned a total of five Olympic medals, five World Championships titles, and 47 national titles (more than anyone is US history). Knowing and remembering Greg only for his unsurpassed athletic greatness leaves out his touching and powerful personal story that is an inspiration to all. He has experienced truly harrowing social, emotional, and family circumstances that nearly destroyed him. Despite all that he faced, he found the inner strength to save himself.

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