The Pinnacle Foundation lights the spark, providing educational and vocational support to young adults across Australia where their gender identity, sexual orientation or sexual characteristics have prevented or hindered achievement of their career aspirations or personal development.
Our vision is to empower young LGBTIQ+ Australians to achieve their full potential, transforming Australian society for the better.
The Foundation awards multi-year scholarships nationally to students aged between 17 and 26 to study at public higher education institutions in Australia to achieve educational or vocational qualifications in any profession, trade or the arts. Scholarships may also be awarded to complete year 12 schooling.
We rely solely on donations combined with the passionate contributions of over 115 volunteers and three staff 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 and can sustainably enhance their future, and the contribution they make to our community.
We match our scholars with mentors who share the same academic and professional interests, gender identity, sexual orientation or sexual characteristics.
95% of our scholarship alumni say the Pinnacle program helped them academically and improved their confidence. 93% now feel more valued as a person.