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

Tilly Houghton

Tilly Houghton

Law
VIC

Lewis Gentle

Lewis Gentle

Commerce
VIC

Jayke Clayden

Jayke Clayden

International Studies
VIC

Emery Wishart

Emery Wishart

Education
Commonwealth Bank Scholarship
WA

Jack Townsend

Jack Townsend

Law
VIC

Kaitlyn Shepherd

Kaitlyn Shepherd

Intermediate VCAL & Automotive VETis
VIC

Darby Savage

Darby Savage

Arts/Business
VIC

Murray Gatt

Murray Gatt

Arts/Law
The Greg Livingstone Scholarship
NSW

Neville Fields

Neville Fields

Medicine
SA

Taryn Dorrough

Taryn Dorrough

Science/Engineering (Hons) (Telecommunications)
NSW

Lee Taube

Lee Taube

Psychology
VIC

Veronica Mason

Veronica Mason

Arts/Law
NSW

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Cai Langford

Arts
SA

Suzie Day

Suzie Day

Arts
SA

Caleb Nichols-Mansell

Caleb Nichols-Mansell

Certificate of Business
TAS

Kirsty Herbert

Kirsty Herbert

Literary & Cultural Studies (Hons)
WA

Reece Rowe

Reece Rowe

Arts (Music)
VIC

Brodie McGee

Brodie McGee

Education
SA

Gabriel Olaer

Gabriel Olaer

Marketing/Communications
SA

James Clarke

James Clarke

Arts
WA

Edwina Memic

Edwina Memic

Law
VIC

Lauren Sanford

Lauren Sanford

Arts
VIC

Dean Mrotzek

Dean Mrotzek

Science
Commonwealth Bank Scholarship
NSW

Isobel Blomfield

Isobel Blomfield

Law
The John Goldbaum Scholarship
NSW

Eric Gonzalez

Eric Gonzales

Arts/Law
The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG Scholarship
NSW

Michelle Slattery

Michelle Slattery

Social Science
VIC

Victoria Knight

Victoria Knight

Arts (History and Cultural Studies)
SA

Sam Kroon

Sam Kroon

Microbiology
NSW

Arlyn Swain

Arlyn Swain

Science & Economics
NSW

Jayde Millington

Jayde Millington

Medicine
The Harvey Milk Scholarship
QLD

Jack Metcalfe

Jack Metcalfe

Science
WA

Jacinta Clark

Jacinta Clark

Medicine
SA

Cody Luke

Cody Luke

Creative Arts
NSW

Simon Byrne

Simon Byrne

Literacy Skills Development
NSW

Nathan Watts

Nathan Watts

Education (Secondary)
QLD

Renae Papalexiou

Renae Papalexiou

Teaching
The Bill Chambers Scholarship
QLD

Eleanor Ryan

Eleanor Ryan

Law
The SHK Scholarship
VIC

Caitlin Frost

Caitlin Frost

Cert IV Youth Work
VIC

Laura Cripps

Laura Cripps

Law
VIC

Abigail Sutherland

Abigail Sutherland

Music
The Frank Ford AM & Sam Harvey Scholarship
SA

Andy Tran

Andy Tran

Chemical Engineering
The Duncan Peerman & Paul Zahra Scholarship
SA

Arthur Forrest

Arthur Forrest

Medical Laboratory Science
The Shelley Argent OAM Scholarship
QLD

Laura Partington

Laura Partington

Social Sciences (Youth Work)
VIC

Lili Murtagh

Lili Murtagh

Teaching
The Reg Holloway Scholarship
QLD

Georgie Stone

Georgie Stone

Arts
The Clark Walton Scholarship
VIC

Logan Ward

Logan Ward

Psychology
WA

Joshua Reilly

Joshua Reilly

Teaching
QLD

Dylan Lloyd

Dylan Lloyd

Law/Criminology
The Harvey Milk Scholarship
NSW

Izzy Treacy

Izzy Treacy

Law
ACT

Blair Schuch

Blair Schuch

Medicine
The Ros & Diana Coffey Scholarship
QLD

Renee Pope

Renee Pope

Teaching/Arts
SA

David Edward

David Edwards

Media/Marketing/Teaching
BHP Scholarship
WA

Ashton Brenton

Ashton Brenton

Ecology
NSW

Anu Francis

Anu Francis

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

Ben Nielsen

Ben Neilson

Music & Media
NSW

Steven Walker

Steven Walker

Social Science
NSW

Morgan Pech

Morgan Pech

Design (Furniture)
VIC

Patrick Eid

Patrick Eid

Clinical Counselling
NSW

Thomas Drake-Brockman

Thomas Drake-Brockman

Medicine
Commonwealth Bank Scholarship
WA

Harriet Harding

Harriet Harding

Music Composition
NSW

Georg Tamm

Georg Tamm

PhD Commerce
Commonwealth Bank Scholarship
NSW

Brendon Hori

Brendon Hori

Architecture
NSW

Julien Grosmaire

Julien Grosmaire

Veterinary Science
The QBE Scholarship
NSW

Hayden Moon

Hayden Moon

Philosophy
The Tea Uglow Scholarship
NSW

Bronte Charles

Bronte Charles

Political Science
Snow Foundation Scholarship
ACT

Lewis McFarlane

Lewis McFarlane

Science
The James Collins & Tony Nelson Scholarship
SA

Ashleigh Scriven

Ashleigh Scriven

Medical Radiation Science – Diagnostic Radiography
NSW

Caitlyn Georgeson

Caitlyn Georgeson

Arts/Law
SA

Gale Chan

Gale Chan

Arts (Sociology)
NSW

Alice Knichala

Alice Knichala

Education
NSW

Anthony Copeland

Anthony Copeland

Medicine
The John Goldbaum Scholarship
WA

Tyler Aves

Tyler Aves

Science in Neuroscience and Psychology
NSW

Harrison Norris

Harrison Norris

Law/Commerce
QLD

Nathan Fullbrook

Nathan Fullbrook

Diploma of Commerce
NSW

Oliver McGrath

Oliver McGrath

Medicine
QLD

Elliot Rentoul

Elliot Rentoul

Teaching
QLD

Benjamin Narooz Mcgrory

Benjamin McGrory

Arts/Law
The Berg Family Foundation Scholarship
NSW

Hannah Worsley

Hannah Worsley

Education
ACT

Tanisha Devene

Tanisha Devene

HSC
QLD

Tavonga Nzenza-Grant

Tavonga Nzenza-Grant

Commerce
The Duncan Peerman & Paul Zahra Scholarship
VIC

Max Taylor

Max Taylor

HSC
VIC

Dibs Barisic Sprem

Dibs Barisic Sprem

Arts (Croatian studies)
NSW

Tynah Pearson

Tynah Pearson

Education
VIC

Leo Sammut

Leo Sammut

Science
The Murray J Collins – The City Gardener Scholarship
VIC

Josh Lavery

Josh Lavery

Fashion Design
VIC

Kai Schweizer

Kai Schweizer

Arts (Creative Writing)
WA

Lindsay Stewart

Lindsay Stewart

VCE
VIC

Stefan Boyd

Stefan Boyd

Information Systems
VIC

Joel Wilson

Joel Wilson

Science
ACT

Connor Allen

Connor Allen

Medicine
The Brian Terrence Reilly Scholarship
VIC

Bryan Banks

Bryan Banks

Science (Space Science and Astrophysics)
SA

M’Keely Armstrong

M’Keely Armstrong

Paramedicine
The Maurice Joyce Scholarship
QLD

Morgan Pech

Morgan Pech

Clinical Science (Osteopathy)
VIC

Jake Quilligan

Jake Quilligan

Nursing and Paramedics
VIC

Nathan Li

Nathan Li

Arts/Law
NSW

Rhian Mordaunt

Rhian Mordaunt

Arts/Law
NSW

Damian Maher

Damian Maher

Arts (Honours)/Economics
QLD

Morgan Petrie

Morgan Petrie

Communication (Advertising)
VIC

Nic Wright

Nic Wright

Science (Psychology & Criminology)
QLD

Audrey Cremer

Audrey Cremer

Combined Law
NSW

Jordan Brown

Jordan Brown

Law/Communications
NSW

Troy Hewitt

Troy Hewitt

Geology
NSW

James Holland

James Holland

Arts/Law
Commonwealth Bank Scholarship
VIC

Ben Nielsen

Ben Nielsen

Arts (Journalism)
NSW

Vincent Pearson

Vincent Pearson

Nursing
SA

Sarah Sanford

Sarah Sandford

Immunology
The Alan Joyce AC & Shane Lloyd Scholarship
VIC

Daniel Wang

Daniel Wang

Science (Advanced) (Hons)
ACT

Brock Manson

Brock Manson

Arts
The Pinnacle Foundation Scholarship
VIC

Sujin Jang

Sujin Jang

Medicine
The Peter Brennan AM & Michael Lynch Scholarship
NSW

Yianni Marinos

Yianni Marinos

Nursing
VIC

Nicholas Tarpey

Nicholas Tarpey

Dental Science
NSW

Shae Maree Nicholson

Shae Maree Nicholson

Science and Arts, Majoring in Psychology
ACT

Richelle Osborne

Richelle Osborne

Nursing
VIC

Erik Ly

Erik Ly

VCE
VIC

Zachary Hayes

Zachary Hayes

Financial Planning and Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accountancy
NSW

Ruben Blackwood

Ruben Blackwood

Psychology
QLD

Kai James Morley

Kai James Morley

Dermal Therapy
The Pinnacle Foundation Scholarship
VIC

Max Cooper

Max Cooper

Arts (Advanced)
SA

Brandon Saputra

Brandon Saputra

Commerce
NSW

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Olivia (details withheld for privacy)

Computer Science
The AGL Scholarship
VIC

Lara Tonkin

Lara Tonkin

Arts/Applied Science (Hons)
NSW

Scott Aldred

Scott Aldred

Podiatric Medicine
NSW

Ainsley Mann

Ainsley Mann

Arts/Science
ACT

Angel St James

Angel St James

Arts
VIC

Tamasyn Carman

Tamasyn Carman

Physiotherapy
QLD

Harriet Horsfall

Harriet Horsfall

Law & Criminology
QLD

Nicholas Steepe

Nicholas Steepe

Social Work
NSW

Luke Jobson

Luke Jobson

Social Sciences & Communications
VIC

Isobel Connell

Isobel Connell

Psychology & Teaching
NSW

Alex Zerna

Alex Zerna

Arts (International Community Development)
VIC

Michael Sun

Michael Sun

Arts/Law
NSW

Annelise Rashoo

Annelise Rashoo

VCE
VIC

Harry Koelyn

Harry Koelyn

Science and Global Studies
VIC

Ricky Stocker-Johns

Ricky Stocker-Johns

Medicine
SA

Max Cooper

Max Cooper

Arts
SA

Rhiannon Harris

Rhiannon Harris

High School
TAS

Jen Chen

Jen Chen

Law/Commerce
NSW

Lucy Bonanno

Lucy Bonanno

Medical science
NSW

Dylan Lewis

Dylan Lewis

Diploma of Alcohol/Mental Health
VIC

Mat Russo

Mat Russo

Education (Primary)
NSW

Elyse Wilson

Elyse Wilson

Medicine
The Dr Craig White & Rod Anderson Scholarship
TAS

Nathan Cappelluti

Nathan Cappelluti

Medicine
The Tom Snow Scholarship
SA

Harrison Comino

Harrison Comino


Design
QLD

Wade Goldwyer

Wade Goldwyer

Arts (Archaeology)
WA

Alex Bradford

Alex Bradford

Science and Business Management
QLD

Angel St. James

Angel St. James

Arts
The Clark Walton Scholarship
VIC

Kat Reed

Kat Reed

Psychology
ACT

Isabella Kotasek

Isabella Kotasek

Science
BHP Scholarship
SA

Benjamin Henry

Benjamin Henry

Law
The SHK Scholarship
VIC

Valerie Nizette-Wiseman

Valerie Nizette-Wiseman

Media and Communications
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.