We know that our scholarship recipients often need more than just financial support. As one of our Scholars put it:

“Without a doubt the Foundation and my mentor have made a huge difference in my life, both personally and during my education…The mentorship and financial support has allowed me to fulfil both my personal and academic aspirations, which I have previously thought to be out of my reach…”

Troy Hewitt, 23 from Sydney, Final Year of Masters of Geology, Macquarie University

Mentor/Scholar Selection Process

We aim to match sexual identity, location and academic/professional interests of both scholar and mentor. This process is challenging given the odds of finding the right fit for our Scholar, so registration of your interest in mentoring is very important. This process also means that it may take some time for us to find a match with a registered mentor. So when we do think we might have a match with you we contact you and confirm your continuing interest before taking the next steps.

Would I make a good Mentor?

The Mentor checklist is the first step and is designed to guide individuals who are thinking about becoming Pinnacle Mentors through a self selection process.

Mentor Checklist

On each question below, please rate yourself according to the following scale: 4 = Strongly Agree 3 = Agree 2 = Disagree 1 = Strongly Disagree

* I see myself as being people oriented; * I am a good listener and respect my colleagues and peers; * I am sensitive to the needs and feelings of others; * I recognise when others need support or independence; * I want to contribute to the academic development of others; * I am able to support and help without smothering, parenting, or taking charge; * I find it easy to separate professional and personal relationships; * I am able to explain things at various levels of complexity and detail; * I am familiar with Anti-Discrimination laws and have no issue with what they are aiming to
 achieve; * I have no past incidents or associations with other persons or organisations which is likely to 
bring The Pinnacle Foundation and its aims into disrepute. * I am prepared to sign a written agreement to comply with the Foundation’s code of conduct and
operate within The Pinnacle Foundation’s mentor/mentee protocols; * I can clearly articulate the value, expertise and distinct benefit I can bring to the role of mentor; * I can provide independent referees; * I am comfortable with The Pinnacle Foundation conducting an independent probity check that 
includes ASIO and police records.

Scoring your Mentor Abilities

  There is no single ideal profile, but respondents who score highly (high 40s) and possess most of these qualities are likely to serve well as Mentors. If you have serious doubts about the strength of your qualifications, it might be useful to seek a second opinion from a colleague.

What do I do Next?

If you’d like to register your interest in joining our mentor data base please open an application form below (this will open a website called Form Site. Please create a login so you can save and return to your application at any time.

Further Reading ...

The Updated 2018 Pinnacle Mentor Guidelines

Any Questions?

Please email our Mentor Manager Dr Jim Sait