Apply for a scholarship

Applications for 2022 scholarships will open in July 2021 and close in September 2021.

We provide educational scholarships, mentoring and opportunities for young LGBTIQ+ Australians to realise their full potential and overcome challenges arising from their identity. Scholarships are awarded for fulltime study at public institutions of higher education in Australia, for the purpose of gaining an educational or vocational qualification in any profession, trade or the arts.

Scholarships are open to young LGBTIQ+ Australians who meet the criteria detailed below:

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Eligibility

To be eligible for consideration for a Pinnacle Foundation Scholarship, you must meet every one of the following eligibility criteria:

Australian citizen or permanent resident (proof required during application stage)

At least 17 years of age, and younger than 27 years of age, on the day of closure of applications (15 September)

Have achieved good or reasonable scholastic results given your circumstances

Will be undertaking fulltime studies

Identify as a member of the LGBTIQ+ community

Selection

Eligible applicants will be assessed for a Scholarship by the Selection Committee and State/Territory Committees based on the following selection criteria:

Have faced, and attempted to overcome, challenges because of your identity and/or sexual orientation and/or sexual characteristics

Have personal or social circumstances which may hinder completion of your education. Personal and social circumstances may include whether you are first in family to attend a tertiary institution, identify as being from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, are from a non-English speaking background, have been in foster care, have been homeless, or were raised or live(d) in a regional, rural or remote area of Australia

Can demonstrate sufficient motivation to complete a course or the remaining years of a course (as the case may be) of fulltime study and demonstrate an understanding of the rigors of academic life

Are clear about where your studies may take your career; and

Are proud to be a part of a diverse Australian community, including with respect to gender identity, sexual orientation and sexual characteristics

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Named Scholarships

Applicants for Named Scholarships demonstrating the following attributes will be preferred:

Self-awareness, courage and determination

Problem solving capacity and initiative

Social and political awareness

Involved in extra-curricular activities including, but not limited to, causes related to the LGBTIQ+ community, politics, sport, music, a trade and/or the arts; and

Fulfil specific requirements set by the Named Scholarship donor

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Pinnacle Foundation Scholarships

Pinnacle scholarships awarded to students in their first year as a Pinnacle scholar are valued at $5,000.

Pinnacle scholarships awarded to returning scholars are valued at $4,000.

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Named Pinnacle Foundation Scholarships

Named Pinnacle Scholarships awarded to students in their first year as a Pinnacle scholar are valued at $7,000.

Named Pinnacle Scholarships awarded to returning scholars are valued at $5,000.

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Multi–Year Scholarships

Scholarships may be granted on a multi-year basis, subject to the scholar continuing to satisfy the eligibility and selection criteria, and demonstrating an excellent attendance record, acceptable academic performance, a positive mentor review, and having made a positive contribution to the Pinnacle family.