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Who do I contact?

For scholarship application assistance or enquiries email here

For Mentor enquiries email here

For general enquiries here

Is my application confidential?

Yes, your application will be read only by Pinnacle Foundation members involved in the selection process and members of the management team. All records will be kept securely and confidentially. Please see our Privacy Policy for more details.

What if I can’t finish the application form in one go?

You will be able to save your application at any time, log out and come back to complete it later.

It is really important to finish the application form and submit it before 1st October. If you have a problem with a question, contact us. All discussions will be confidential.

Once you have finished your application, read through it carefully and make sure that you have completed all questions, before you submit it. Applicants who complete the documentation fully will be considered for short-listing and interview (confidential and held in November).

How old do I have to be for a scholarship?

You need to be aged between 17 and 26 years old. However, students younger than 18 years may only apply if they have been granted university entrance and will be taking up the place at the start of the next academic year.

How good do my academic results have to be?

All applicants are evaluated on the whole of their response to the selection criteria including academic achievements; financial and social need; extracurricular activities; personal circumstances; and goals for their future. You do not need straight A’s or High Distinctions to receive a scholarship. Of course, that helps. But we also take into consideration your background and personal circumstances.

We focus on whether you take your studies seriously and have consistently shown good academic achievement. We are looking for individuals who have the potential to achieve well academically and want to use their education to make a difference and potentially be future leaders in the community .

What is the Pinnacle Foundation doing to ensure that there is reasonable representation among applicants from the sub-groups in our community (i.e. from ethnic and indigenous backgrounds, or who are disabled or who live in rural and remote areas)?

Our Equity in Grants Policy (see “Equity in Grants” tab on the Apply Page) is very clear on how important it is to reach this target audience and how we go about getting our message to them.

Is it advantageous to submit my application early?

Absolutely, get your application in as soon as you can when you have all the information you need.

Don’t leave it to the last minute.

Do I have to pay this money back?

No. The Pinnacle Foundation Scholarship is not a loan. You receive a debit card which you use responsibly according to the terms of the scholarship and the agreed spending criteria.

When will I find out if I have been successful?

Pinnacle will contact you by email in November if you are selected for interview which will take place soon after. Successful candidates will be notified by phone in December and the scholarship and accompanying mentorship will be confirmed after you submit the details of your tertiary placement offer to us.

What does the mentorship involve?

The Pinnacle Foundation assigns a mentor to each scholar. Generally, this person will have the same sexual identification, be professionally engaged in the field you want to study and be located near where you are living. The Mentor is there to provide advice and support to you throughout your scholarship. They will be as valuable to you and your future as the scholarship.

More information about the mentor’s role is available in our Mentor Guidelines.

Do I have to be LGBT+ to apply?

Yes, you must identify as LGBT+. You should have a history of participating / or capacity to participate in the LGBT+ community; or be able to demonstrate that you plan to be a LGBT+ leader in the future.

Can application deadlines change?

No. Applications close 1st October and short-listed candidates are identified soon after.

What is the selection process?
There is a Selection Committee who read your application and are guided by criteria requested in the Application Form.
The Committee looks for candidates who as a result of economic, social, or personal circumstances face significant challenges, which have affected or could affect their ability to complete their education.
The Committee also considers whether the applicant is:
• A serious consistent student who has demonstrated scholastic achievement;
• Can prove a commitment to completing their preferred education course;
• Manifests leadership skills and wants to make a difference in the world; and
• Displays pride in and dedication to the LGBT+ community.
Does the Pinnacle Foundation provide scholarships to residents of foreign countries?

The application process is open only to Australian citizens and those with permanent resident status.

What are my chances of being selected as a Pinnacle Scholar?

Every year there is strong competition for our scholarships. Make sure you have read the questions carefully and consider your responses. Make sure you answer every question to the best of your abilities, and you will have every chance.

What is the value of the scholarships?

You will receive from $5,000 to $7,000 in the first year of the scholarship and slightly less in subsequent years. Pinnacle Foundation Scholarships are multi-year and are designed to support you throughout your degree.

What expenses do the Scholarship cover?

Pinnacle Scholarship covers a variety of expenses including (but not limited to) tuition fees where HECS is not available. The Scholarship can also cover other educational expenses including the cost of text books, professional membership or student union fees, professional tools of trade, uniform, lap top computer and printer expenses. Cost of living expenses including rent are not covered but public transport costs may be.

What kinds of education are considered?

You can apply if you are going to TAFE or university but you must intend to be a full time student.

What does the Pinnacle Foundation expect from Pinnacle scholars?

All successful candidates must attend an Induction Weekend in February (at the Foundation’s expense).
All scholars are expected to communicate with the Pinnacle Foundation Management Team promptly and in a courteous manner.
We expect scholars and mentors to form positive working relationships with consistent, courteous and excellent communication between them.
Pinnacle Foundation Scholars will be invited to participate in Foundation events to promote the work of the Foundation. These invitations will be appropriate and considerate with regard to the scholars’ needs and any issues of confidentiality.

If I apply once and am not selected as a Pinnacle Scholar, can I reapply?

Yes, you can apply if you still meet our eligibility criteria.

When I reapply, can I just use my old application?

No. You need to submit a new form. Not only do we refine our application form each year to make the process more efficient and informative for applicants and the Selection Committee, but your circumstances will also have changed.

How can I apply?

For the upcoming year, an application form and instructions can be found on this site here.

I’d like to apply for a scholarship for the following year. When will that be possible?

Scholarship applications start in July for study in the following academic year (i.e. apply in 2018 for 2019 study).