Please note that Applications are now Closed for 2017, and we will advise when we re-open for applications for 2018.


Welcome to the Pinnacle Foundation
The Pinnacle Foundation provides scholarships to marginalised or disadvantaged LGBTIQ students aged 16-24. We know that some young LGBTIQs can face a tough time coming out to their families, friends and schools; some find themselves without the money and support needed to keep up their studies.

We want to help LGBTIQ students create the lives they dream of so that they can act as future role models for others.

The Pinnacle Foundation Scholarships
LGBTIQ high school and tertiary students can access up to $3,000 per year to spend on study related and well-being expenses like computers, stationary, text books, uniforms, tools, medication etc.

The Pinnacle Foundation Scholarships are for 12 months and provide:

  • $3000 for eligible first year of tertiary students and $2000 for subsequent years.
  • $2000 for eligible year 12 students.

Scholars are also partnered with a Pinnacle Foundation mentor who identifies as LGBTIQ and has established a successful career similar to their own aspirations.

Special Scholarships
Special Scholarships provide LGBTIQ  tertiary students with financial help up to $5000; they are funded by generous supporters of the Foundation.

How to apply
1) Read the selection criteria to check your eligibility
2) Create an online application account
3) Complete the online application by 1 October 2016

Apply now

More information

Key dates

  • Applications close 1 October 2016
  • Candidates shortlisted TBC
  • Successful candidates contacted TBC
  • 2017 scholars announced TBC
  • Scholarships commence TBC

Selection criteria

Pinnacle Foundation Scholarships are open to anyone who…

  1. Is an Australian citizen of at least 16 up to 24 years of age at the time the Scholarships applications close (1 October each year);
  2. Is a permanent resident of Australia;
  3. Identifies as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex or Queer and because of this:
  4. Has personal or social circumstances which provide significant challenges to the person completing their education; or
  5. Has been marginalised due to sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression; and
  6. Is a serious, consistent student who has shown scholastic achievement during the student’s school years;
  7. Is able to demonstrate a commitment to completing Year 12 of the student’s secondary education, a tertiary degree or vocational training (as the case may be);
  8. Has achieved acceptable scholastic results given their background and circumstances; and,
  9. Demonstrates pride in and dedication to the LGBTIQ community.

Equity in grants policy

Unfortunately those who need grants and scholarships the most can’t always access the information, nor do they have the resources to apply. Knowing where to access such funding opportunities, making inquiries and completing applications can be a daunting task for some LGBTIQ students. We recognise that the students most likely to have difficulty will probably come from strong ethnic and indigenous backgrounds, are disabled or live in rural areas.

We all know that urban-based gay men are much more organised in terms of communication channels and support systems, however, rural-based gay men and lesbians generally may be less aware of the existence of our program and some will struggle with our scholarship application process.

To ensure that there is reasonable representation amongst applicants and grant scholars from these sub-groups in our community we promise the following:

  • When organising public functions/events, Pinnacle will approach key representation groups from the sub-sectors identified above to ensure their participation and engagement;
  • When promoting our scholarship, Pinnacle will not only use mainstream communication channels such as dedicated LGBTIQ avenues but will also use minority communications channels such as dedicated Aboriginal, foreign language and rural outlets, including internet sites, radio and television and the print medium;
  • To improve communication take-up by various outlets, Pinnacle will (if required) organise communications in specific languages (targeted);
  • Pinnacle will provide assistance for any candidate (from the groups listed above) who does not feel confident in completing an application by them;

In short-listing candidates, the Chair of our Selection Committee will:

  • Ensure that members declare any conflict of interest in relation to applications received. A potential conflict may arise from the fact that a committee member has met or had discussions with the applicant or has received representations from someone else or the applicant’s behalf. The Chair of the Selection Committee will determine if the relevant committee member abstains from discussing the candidate’s application and/or voting on it;
  • Prior to finalising the short-list, they will review rejected applications from the above sub-groups to ensure that these applications have been given sufficient considerations. The final decision by the Selection Committee will continue to be made on merit and in accordance with Section 8.2 of the Constitution and Section 7 of its Policy 2008 document;
  • The Board will undertake best efforts to find a Mentor with a similar demographic profile if the successful candidate seeks such a Mentor.

Contact

For application questions please email us at applications@thepinnaclefoundation.org or call Geoff Annabel on 0410 471 504.