WE HELP LGBTIQ+ YOUTH RECLAIM THEIR PATH
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We provide educational scholarships, mentoring and opportunities for young LGBTIQ+ Australians to reclaim their path and overcome challenges arising from their identity.
The Foundation awards multi-year scholarships nationally to students aged between 18 and 26 for fulltime study at public higher education institutions in Australia to achieve educational or vocational qualifications in any profession, trade or the arts.
Scholarship applications open in July and close in mid-September, with scholarships awarded in December.
Every Pinnacle scholar is carefully matched with a mentor who will typically share the same academic and professional interests, gender identity and sexual orientation. The mentor acts as a role model. They will have trod the scholar’s path – and provide the encouragement, counsel and inspiration to support the scholar’s rounded development and successful completion of their studies.
We rely on the generosity of our individual donors, philanthropic and corporate partners, the passionate contributions of over 170 volunteers, and a fulltime-equivalent staff of less than five, to deliver our program across Australia.
Your support will help to transform the lives of young scholars. The gift of education is one that impacts every aspect of a young person’s life to substantially enhance their future, and the contribution they make to our community.
WHAT WE DO
Founded in 2007, The Pinnacle Foundation is a national charity with deductible gift recipient (DGR) status that provides educational scholarships, mentoring and opportunities for young LGBTIQ+ Australians to reclaim their path and overcome challenges arising from their identity.
Pinnacle Foundation Scholarships
Pinnacle scholarships awarded to students in their first year as a Pinnacle scholar are valued at $5,000.
Pinnacle scholarships awarded to returning scholars are valued at $4,000.
Named Pinnacle Foundation Scholarships
Named Pinnacle Scholarships awarded to students in their first year as a Pinnacle scholar are valued at $7,000.
Named Pinnacle Scholarships awarded to returning scholars are valued at $5,000.
Scholarships may be granted on a multi-year basis, subject to the scholar continuing to satisfy the eligibility and selection criteria, and demonstrating an excellent attendance record, acceptable academic performance, a positive mentor review, and having made a positive contribution to the Pinnacle family.
WHY WE EXIST
There is a common misconception that since Australia achieved marriage equality, life for young LGBTIQ+ people became much easier. For some that may be true, but not for many.
National LGBTIQ+ Health Alliance research tells us that young adults in the LGBTIQ+ community are still between five and 11 times more likely to attempt self-harm or experience psychological distress directly related to experiences of stigma, prejudice, discrimination, bullying or abuse.
We also understand from research conducted by the Mitchell Institute in 2017 that low self-esteem, family disruption and severe peer victimisation are critical factors that make it difficult for young people to complete their education – both at great personal cost, and also at great cost to our wider society.
And it is here where The Pinnacle Foundation fits.
Many of the young LGBTIQ+ people that Pinnacle supports have grown up in environments where they have been rejected because of who they are and how they identify. Many have experienced bullying, discrimination and abuse.
We know that gaining an education can significantly change life for the better. Education increases our options; it enriches us and empowers us – it helps us to expand our life choices.
HOW TO APPLY?
For more information, visit the official website.