We help LGBTIQ+ YOUTH RECLAIM THEIR PATH

About Us

We provide educational scholarships, mentoring and opportunities for young LGBTIQ+ Australians 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 solely on generous donations coupled with the passionate contributions of over 140 volunteers and a fulltime-equivalent staff of under three to deliver our program across the country. 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.

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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.

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Scholarships Awarded

Lisa Brandenburg

Master of Social Work
Commonwealth Bank Scholarship
NSW

Benjamin Narooz Mcgrory

Benjamin McGrory

Arts/Law
The Berg Family Foundation Scholarship
NSW

Thomas Drake-Brockman

Thomas Drake-Brockman

Medicine
Commonwealth Bank Scholarship
WA

Harriet Horsfall

Harriet Horsfall

Law & Criminology
QLD

Erik Ly

Erik Ly

VCE
VIC

Vincent Pearson

Vincent Pearson

Nursing
SA

Nic Wright

Nic Wright

Science (Psychology & Criminology)
QLD

Andy Tran

Andy Tran

Chemical Engineering
The Duncan Peerman & Paul Zahra Scholarship
SA

Max Cooper

Max Cooper

Arts (Advanced)
SA

Alex Zerna

Alex Zerna

Arts (International Community Development)
VIC

Hayden Moon

Philosophy
The Tea Uglow Scholarship
NSW

Dibs Barisic Sprem

Dibs Barisic Sprem

Arts (Croatian studies)
NSW

Curtis Haas

Law
The Allens Scholarship
VIC

Harrison Norris

Harrison Norris

Law/Commerce
QLD

Damian Maher

Damian Maher

Arts (Honours)/Economics
QLD

Nathan Watts

Nathan Watts

Education (Secondary)
QLD

Tyler Aves

Tyler Aves

Science in Neuroscience and Psychology
NSW

Morgan Pech

Morgan Pech

Design (Furniture)
VIC

Lewis McFarlane

Lewis McFarlane

PhD Science
The James Collins & Tony Nelson Scholarship
SA

Yianni Marinos

Yianni Marinos

Nursing
VIC

Joel Wilson

Joel Wilson

Science
ACT

M’Keely Armstrong

M’Keely Armstrong

Paramedicine
The Maurice Joyce Scholarship
QLD

James Holland

James Holland

Arts/Law
Commonwealth Bank Scholarship
VIC

Caitlyn Georgeson

Caitlyn Georgeson

Arts/Law
SA

Lauren Sanford

Lauren Sanford

Arts
VIC

Tanisha Devene

Tanisha Devene

HSC
QLD

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Olivia (details withheld for privacy)

Computer Science
The AGL Scholarship
VIC

Ricky Stocker-Johns

Ricky Stocker-Johns

Medicine
SA

Abigail Sutherland

Abigail Sutherland

Music
The Frank Ford AM & Sam Harvey Scholarship
SA

Benjamin Henry

Benjamin Henry

Law
The SHK Scholarship
VIC

Ashleigh Scriven

Ashleigh Scriven

Medical Radiation Science – Diagnostic Radiography
NSW

Mikhayla Jane Azzopardi

Medicine
The Michael Gorman Scholarship
NSW

Ben Nielsen

Ben Neilson

Music & Media
NSW

Isobel Connell

Isobel Connell

Psychology & Teaching
NSW

Michael Sun

Michael Sun

Arts/Law
NSW

Noah de Losa

Medicine
The Dr Vinay Kumar Scholarship
VIC

Morgan Petrie

Morgan Petrie

Communication (Advertising)
VIC

Tyson Crilly

Science/Arts
The St. George Foundation Scholarship
QLD

Scott Aldred

Scott Aldred

Podiatric Medicine
NSW

Dylan Lloyd

Dylan Lloyd

Law/Criminology
The Harvey Milk Scholarship
NSW

Julien Grosmaire

Julien Grosmaire

Veterinary Science
The QBE Scholarship
NSW

Dean Mrotzek

Dean Mrotzek

Science
Commonwealth Bank Scholarship
NSW

Odette Maher

Engineering (Digital Technology & Design)
The Clark Walton Scholarship
VIC

Rachel Hemer

Bachelors of Science - Masters of Teaching
The Maurice Joyce Scholarship
SA

Jayke Clayden

Jayke Clayden

International Studies
VIC

Edwina Memic

Edwina Memic

Law
VIC

Richelle Osborne

Richelle Osborne

Nursing
VIC

Angel St James

Angel St James

Arts
VIC

Sarah Sanford

Sarah Sandford

Immunology
The Alan Joyce AC & Shane Lloyd Scholarship
VIC

Patrick Eid

Patrick Eid

Clinical Counselling
NSW

Leo Sammut

Leo Sammut

Science
The Murray J Collins – The City Gardener Scholarship
VIC

Angel St. James

Angel St. James

Arts
The Clark Walton Scholarship
VIC

Hamil Nauzer

Science / Advanced Studies (Animal and Veterinary Bioscience / Gender Studies)
The Peter Brennan AM & Michael Lynch Scholarship (No.2)
NSW

Morgan Pech

Morgan Pech

Clinical Science (Osteopathy)
VIC

Murray Gatt

Murray Gatt

Arts/Law
The Greg Livingstone Scholarship
NSW

Isobel Blomfield

Isobel Blomfield

Law
The John Goldbaum Scholarship
NSW

Oliver McGrath

Oliver McGrath

Medicine
QLD

Cody Luke

Cody Luke

Creative Arts
NSW

Joshua Reilly

Joshua Reilly

Teaching
QLD

David Edward

David Edwards

Media/Marketing/Teaching
BHP Scholarship
WA

Kai James Morley

Dermal Therapy
The Pinnacle Foundation Scholarship
VIC

Lara Tonkin

Lara Tonkin

Arts/Applied Science (Hons)
NSW

Kirsty Herbert

Kirsty Herbert

Literary & Cultural Studies (Hons)
WA

Bronte Charles

Bronte Charles

Political Science
Snow Foundation Scholarship
ACT

Rhiannon Harris

Rhiannon Harris

High School
TAS

Lucy Bonanno

Lucy Bonanno

Medical science
NSW

Lili Murtagh

Lili Murtagh

Teaching
The Reg Holloway Scholarship
QLD

Annika Reynolds

Laws (Honours) / International Security Studies
The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG Scholarship
ACT

Connor Allen

Connor Allen

Medicine
The Brian Terrence Reilly Scholarship
VIC

Nathan Fullbrook

Nathan Fullbrook

Diploma of Commerce
NSW

Shae Maree Nicholson

Shae Maree Nicholson

Science and Arts, Majoring in Psychology
ACT

Ashton Brenton

Ashton Brenton

Ecology
NSW

Alice Knichala

Alice Knichala

Education
NSW

Tynah Pearson

Tynah Pearson

Education
VIC

Nathan Li

Nathan Li

Arts/Law
NSW

Eric Gonzalez

Eric Gonzales

Arts/Law
The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG Scholarship
NSW

Stephanie Green

Science
Commonwealth Bank Scholarship
QLD

Neville Fields

Neville Fields

Medicine
SA

Nathan Cappelluti

Nathan Cappelluti

Medicine
The Tom Snow Scholarship
SA

Arlyn Swain

Arlyn Swain

Science & Economics
NSW

Arthur Forrest

Arthur Forrest

Medical Laboratory Science
The Shelley Argent OAM Scholarship
QLD

Gabriel Olaer

Gabriel Olaer

Marketing/Communications
SA

Elliot Rentoul

Elliot Rentoul

Teaching
QLD

Anna Kimpton

Law
The Bill Chambers Scholarship
WA

Brandon Saputra

Brandon Saputra

Commerce
NSW

Izzy Treacy

Izzy Treacy

Law
ACT

Daniel Wang

Daniel Wang

Science (Advanced) (Hons)
ACT

Tavonga Nzenza-Grant

Tavonga Nzenza-Grant

Commerce
The Duncan Peerman & Paul Zahra Scholarship
VIC

Anu Francis

Anu Francis

Education (Secondary & Special Education)
The Pippa Downes Scholarship
SA

Chase Bautista

Biomedical Science
Commonwealth Bank Scholarship
VIC

Brendon Hori

Brendon Hori

Architecture
NSW

Max Taylor

Max Taylor

HSC
VIC

Renae Papalexiou

Renae Papalexiou

Teaching
The Bill Chambers Scholarship
QLD

Jake Quilligan

Jake Quilligan

Nursing and Paramedics
VIC

Arne Orstavik

Law
The Allan Howard Scholarship
NT

Alex Bradford

Alex Bradford

Science and Business Management
QLD

Michelle Slattery

Michelle Slattery

Social Science
VIC

Dylan Lewis

Dylan Lewis

Diploma of Alcohol/Mental Health
VIC

Jordan Brown

Jordan Brown

Law/Communications
NSW

Hannah Worsley

Hannah Worsley

Education
ACT

Lindsay Stewart

Lindsay Stewart

VCE
VIC

Bryan Banks

Bryan Banks

Science (Space Science and Astrophysics)
SA

Patrick Webster

Medicine
The Pinnacle Foundation Public Health Scholarship
WA

Caitlin Frost

Caitlin Frost

Cert IV Youth Work
VIC

Keiraley O’Connor

Medical science
Commonwealth Bank Scholarship
NSW

Renee Pope

Renee Pope

Teaching/Arts
SA

Gale Chan

Gale Chan

Arts (Sociology)
NSW

Victoria Knight

Victoria Knight

Arts (History and Cultural Studies)
SA

Nicholas Steepe

Nicholas Steepe

Social Work
NSW

Mat Russo

Mat Russo

Education (Primary)
NSW

Annelise Rashoo

Annelise Rashoo

VCE
VIC

Wade Goldwyer

Wade Goldwyer

Arts (Archaeology)
WA

Isabella Kotasek

Isabella Kotasek

Science
BHP Scholarship
SA

Harrison Comino

Harrison Comino


Design
QLD

Jacinta Clark

Jacinta Clark

Medicine
SA

Suzie Day

Suzie Day

Arts
SA

Laura Partington

Laura Partington

Social Sciences (Youth Work)
VIC

Elyse Wilson

Elyse Wilson

Medicine
The Dr Craig White & Rod Anderson Scholarship
TAS

Dylan Barnes

Bachelor of Arts majoring in Indigenous Studies and Politics
The Bibbulmun Fund Scholarship
NSW

Kaitlyn Shepherd

Kaitlyn Shepherd

Intermediate VCAL & Automotive VETis
VIC

Troy Hewitt

Troy Hewitt

Geology
NSW

Stefan Boyd

Stefan Boyd

Information Systems
VIC

Valerie Nizette-Wiseman

Valerie Nizette-Wiseman

Media and Communications
NSW

Alistair Ott

Media Production, Visual Communication, and Creative Writing
Snow Foundation Scholarship
ACT

Logan Ward

Logan Ward

Psychology
WA

Harriet Harding

Harriet Harding

Music Composition
NSW

Georg Tamm

Georg Tamm

PhD Commerce
Commonwealth Bank Scholarship
NSW

Stephanie Madigan

Politics/ Philosophy/ Economics
The Accenture Scholarship
SA

Ruben Blackwood

Ruben Blackwood

Psychology
QLD

Brock Manson

Brock Manson

Arts
The Pinnacle Foundation Scholarship
VIC

Tamasyn Carman

Tamasyn Carman

Physiotherapy
QLD

Laura Cripps

Laura Cripps

Law
VIC

Audrey Cremer

Audrey Cremer

Combined Law
NSW

Reece Rowe

Reece Rowe

Arts (Music)
VIC

James Clarke

James Clarke

Arts
WA

Jack Townsend

Jack Townsend

Law
VIC

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Cai Langford

Arts
SA

Steven Walker

Steven Walker

Social Science
NSW

Max Cooper

Max Cooper

Arts
SA

Sam Kroon

Sam Kroon

Microbiology
NSW

Caleb Nichols-Mansell

Caleb Nichols-Mansell

Certificate of Business
TAS

Taryn Dorrough

Taryn Dorrough

Science/Engineering (Hons) (Telecommunications)
NSW

Luke Jobson

Luke Jobson

Social Sciences & Communications
VIC

Lee Taube

Lee Taube

Psychology
VIC

Lewis Gentle

Lewis Gentle

Commerce
VIC

Darby Savage

Darby Savage

Arts/Business
VIC

Kai Schweizer

Kai Schweizer

Arts (Creative Writing)
WA

Kat Reed

Kat Reed

Psychology
ACT

Rhian Mordaunt

Rhian Mordaunt

Arts/Law
NSW

Ben Nielsen

Ben Nielsen

Arts (Journalism)
NSW

Jayde Millington

Jayde Millington

Medicine
The Harvey Milk Scholarship
QLD

Sujin Jang

Sujin Jang

Medicine
The Peter Brennan AM & Michael Lynch Scholarship
NSW

Josh Lavery

Josh Lavery

Fashion Design
VIC

Jen Chen

Jen Chen

Law/Commerce
NSW

Georgie Stone

Georgie Stone

Arts
The Clark Walton Scholarship
VIC

Anthony Copeland

Anthony Copeland

Medicine
The John Goldbaum Scholarship
WA

Zachary Hayes

Zachary Hayes

Financial Planning and Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accountancy
NSW

Emery Wishart

Emery Wishart

Education
Commonwealth Bank Scholarship
WA

Brodie McGee

Brodie McGee

Education
SA

Blair Schuch

Blair Schuch

Medicine
The Ros & Diana Coffey Scholarship
QLD

Eleanor Ryan

Eleanor Ryan

Law
The SHK Scholarship
VIC

Jack Metcalfe

Jack Metcalfe

Science
WA

Wesley Grey

Arts
The SHK Asia Pacific Scholarship
VIC

Veronica Mason

Veronica Mason

Arts/Law
NSW

Tilly Houghton

Tilly Houghton

Law
VIC

Harry Koelyn

Harry Koelyn

Science and Global Studies
VIC

Mitchell Bidner

Nursing & Behavioual Science
The Australian Marriage Equality Scholarship
QLD

Simon Byrne

Simon Byrne

Literacy Skills Development
NSW

Ainsley Mann

Ainsley Mann

Arts/Science
ACT

Nicholas Tarpey

Nicholas Tarpey

Dental Science
NSW

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Our Values

Embrace learning

Creating opportunities, new horizons and joy through learning

Sense of belonging

Supporting each other, being part of a community, “giving back” and having fun

Will to transform

Changing lives by having a go, challenging boundaries, being courageous and celebrating success

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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.