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

Mentors play a key role in providing the scholars with skills that they have gained throughout their own careers.

Our mentors identify as LGBTIQ, have established successful careers and come from all walks of life across Australia. Our aim is give all scholarship recipients regular access to these guiding lights and be further inspired.

Our objectives and operating conditions are very important to ensure that our reputation continues to grow. Without transparency in the way in which Pinnacle operates and clarity on what we expect from Mentors and Scholars, the Foundation cannot expect to obtain financial support from the community.

If you become a Mentor for the Foundation you are one of Pinnacle’s front line representatives. Your role as Mentor is to be a ‘sounding board’ and provide guidance on academic and related issues to Scholar. You will be expected to conduct yourself in a professional manner while representing the Mentor program. Professional manner is understood to be respecting the dignity and rights of others, observing all relevant laws in conducting mentor relations and avoiding any improprieties.

 Our Mentor guidelines

 Our Mentoring program requirements & guidelines 

Our Mentoring program application form (this will open a website called Form Site. Please create a login so you can save and return to your application at any time).

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.

These steps involve reference checking, probity checks with ASIO and police, completion of our Undertaking and compliance with our Code of Conduct. We provide both mentor and scholar with Mentoring Guidelines as well as a briefing session at the commencement of any new relationship.  We provide an opportunity for both mentor and scholar to meet to assess whether a positive relationship is likely since it is not in our interest for a relationship to continue if it is not going to be beneficial to the Scholar.

We continue to monitor the development of the mentor/scholar relationship through informal contact as well as half yearly and end of year reviews. The Board receives a report on mentoring outcomes. Our Scholar Liaison Officer is charged with the responsibility of taking early action if a relationship is not beneficial to both parties.

Could 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

  1. I see myself as being people oriented;
  2. I am a good listener and respect my colleagues and peers;
  3. I am sensitive to the needs and feelings of others;
  4. I recognise when others need support or independence;
  5. I want to contribute to the academic development of others;
  6. I am able to support and help without smothering, parenting, or taking charge;
  7. I find it easy to separate professional and personal relationships;
  8. I am able to explain things at various levels of complexity and detail;
  9. I am familiar with Anti-Discrimination laws and have no issue with what they are aiming to
  10. 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.
  11. 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;
  12. I can clearly articulate the value, expertise and distinct benefit I can bring to the role of mentor;
  13. I can provide independent referees;
  14. 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 (this will open a website called Form Site. Please create a login so you can save and return to your application at any time) or contact us at info@thepinnaclefoundation.org.

We will let you know that we have received the application and registered your interest. To keep you informed we will ensure you receive our regular e-newsletter and invitations to our functions in your home city.