For more information on the different scholarships The Pinnacle Foundation provides

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How to apply
1) Read the selection criteria to check your eligibility
2) Create an online application account
3) Complete the online application by 1 October 2018

2019 Applications are Closed2019 Applications are Closed

Applications close 1 October 2018
Candidates shortlisted November 2018
Successful candidates contacted December 2018
2019 scholars announced January 2019
Scholarships commence Feburary 2019

Pinnacle Foundation Scholarships are open to anyone who…

  • Is an Australian citizen of at least 17 up to 26 years of age at the time the Scholarships applications close (1 October each year);
  • Is a permanent resident of Australia;
  • Identifies as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex or Queer and because of this:
  • Has personal or social circumstances which provide significant challenges to the person completing their education; or
  • Has been marginalised due to sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression; and
  • Is a serious, consistent student who has shown scholastic achievement during the student’s school years;
  • Is able to demonstrate a commitment to completing Year 12 of the student’s secondary education, a tertiary degree or vocational training (as the case may be);
  • Has achieved acceptable scholastic results given their background and circumstances; and,
  • Demonstrates pride in and dedication to the LGBT+ community.

For application questions please email us at [email protected] or call Warren Perumal on 0419 578 752

Unfortunately those who need grants and scholarships the most can’t always access the information, nor do they have the resources to apply. Knowing where to access such funding opportunities, making inquiries and completing applications can be a daunting task for some LGBT+ students. We recognise that the students most likely to have difficulty will probably come from strong ethnic and indigenous backgrounds, are disabled or live in rural areas.

To ensure that there is reasonable representation amongst applicants and grant scholars from these sub-groups in our community we promise the following:

  • When organising public functions/events, Pinnacle will approach key representation groups from the sub-sectors identified above to ensure their participation and engagement;
  • When promoting our scholarship, Pinnacle will not only use mainstream communication channels such as dedicated LGBT+ avenues but will also use minority communications channels such as dedicated Aboriginal, foreign language and rural outlets, including internet sites, radio and television and the print medium;
  • To improve communication take-up by various outlets, Pinnacle will (if required) organise communications in specific languages (targeted);
  • Pinnacle will provide assistance for any candidate (from the groups listed above) who does not feel confident in completing an application by them;

In short-listing candidates, the Chair of our Selection Committee will:

  • Ensure that members declare any conflict of interest in relation to applications received. A potential conflict may arise from the fact that a committee member has met or had discussions with the applicant or has received representations from someone else or the applicant’s behalf. The Chair of the Selection Committee will determine if the relevant committee member abstains from discussing the candidate’s application and/or voting on it;
  • Prior to finalising the short-list, they will review rejected applications from the above sub-groups to ensure that these applications have been given sufficient considerations.
  • The final decision by the Selection Committee will continue to be made on merit and in accordance with Section 8.2 of the Constitution and Section 7 of its Policy 2008 document;
  • The Board will undertake best efforts to find a Mentor with a similar demographic profile if the successful candidate seeks such a Mentor.