FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
In order to complete your application, you will need to create an account on the scholarship application page.
Once you have created your account, you can complete your application in one go or you can complete it in parts. The system will automatically save your work as you go so when you want to return to complete the application, just return to your application page and enter your login credentials and it will return to where you left off. When you complete your application, please ensure that you press Submit.
You must finish the application form and submit it on or before 31 August. 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 you have completed every question before you submit it. Applicants who complete the documentation fully will be considered for short-listing and interview (confidential and held in September/ October).
You must be at least 18 years of age and younger than 27 years of age on 20 January in each year for which the scholarship is sought.
Applicants are evaluated on the whole of their response to the selection criteria including academic achievements; financial and social need; extracurricular activities; personal circumstances, personal resilience and self-determination; as well as goals for their future. Whilst academic results are one part of the selection criteria, we also take into consideration your background and personal circumstances and assess your response holistically.
We are looking for individuals who have the potential to achieve academically and want to use their education to make a difference and be future leaders in the community.
We recommend you commence your application as soon as applications open (1 July). This will ensure you have plenty of time to prepare your responses, edit your responses when needed and make any changes before the application closing date.
No, a Pinnace Foundation scholarship is not a loan. You will receive a debit card which you can use responsibly according to the terms and conditions and the agreed spending criteria.
It is intended that scholarships are primarily for study related costs such as the following items:
- technology (inclusive of laptop/PC, printer, storage devices i.e. hard drives/cloud membership, course relevant software, tablet/iPad, laptop/tablet cables and charging devices, keyboard, mouse, stylus/electronic pencil)
- the cost of uniforms, clothing and/or shoes associated with the education/vocation being undertaken
- the cost of textbooks and online related services
- the cost of fees or dues to an approved educational institution
- student union and professional association fees
- professional equipment, memberships or tools of trade associated with the education or vocation being sought
- public transport student concession passes
- additional travel and accommodation costs associated with vocational placements, internships and volunteering which is undertaken as a requirement of an Australian based educational or training course and where the scholar is not entitled to be paid any remuneration
- a contribution towards the costs of attending an overseas educational course
- cost of fees associated with tuition to address a learning disability
- relevant (to their academic studies and career) registration costs associated with attendance to domestic conferences or forums.
Other scholarship expenses must relate to the wellbeing of the scholar.
Items such as living expenses, medical, optical and dental treatment, medication and optical expenses are all acceptable.
The Pinnacle Foundation will contact you by email in September/October if you are selected for a video call interview which will take place during September/October. Successful candidates will be notified by phone in December once reference checks have been conducted and the scholarship and accompanying mentorship will be confirmed after you submit the details of your tertiary placement offer to us.
The Pinnacle Foundation assigns a mentor to each scholar. Your mentor will typically share the same academic and professional interests, gender identity and sexual orientation and be located near to where you are living. The mentor is there to provide advice and support to you throughout your scholarship.
The role of a mentor
The main role of a mentor is to be a “sounding board” and provide guidance on academic and related issues to a scholar. Communication is key to being a successful mentor (and a successful scholar). A mentor is there to help their scholar navigate the everyday challenges of long-term studies, society and the community by drawing on their greater knowledge and experience, and their genuine concern for young people.
A mentor’s role includes:
- Offering support, encouragement, optimism and hope
- Offering guidance and realistic advice as requested
- Assisting with goal-setting; suggesting possible courses of action, and support in making choices
- Helping the scholar to identify their strengths and thereby strengthen their self-esteem
- Being “a sounding-board” for ideas and problems
- Helping them develop their skills and knowledge in their area of study
- Offering a consistent, non-judgmental relationship
- Where appropriate introducing them to their work environment, and engaging in some social and recreational activities with the scholar; and
- Helping the scholar deal with any sense of alienation and loneliness.
Yes, you must be able to demonstrate that because of your gender identity, sexual orientation or sexual characteristics you have been prevented or hindered from achieving your academic aspirations. You should also have a history of participating / or capacity to participate in the LGBTQIA+ community or be able to demonstrate that you plan to be an LGBTQIA+ leader in the future.
No. Applications will close on 31 August and short-listed candidates will be determined in the period thereafter.
Eligible applications are assessed by local state and territory selection committees. The national selection committee reviews their recommendations and determines those to be invited for interview. Assessments are made in accord with the criteria detailed below:
An eligible candidate is someone who meets all of the following requirements:
- Australian citizen or permanent resident (proof required during application stage)
- At least 18 years of age and younger than 27 years of age on 20 January in each year for which the scholarship is sought
- Have achieved good or reasonable scholastic results given your circumstances
- Will be undertaking full-time studies at a public tertiary institution (TAFE or public university)
- Identify as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community.
- 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 culturally and linguistically diverse, have a disability, 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
Desirable scholar attributes:
- 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 LGBTQIA+ community, politics, sport, music, a trade and/or the arts.
The application process is open only to Australian citizens and those with permanent resident status. We require proof of residency and citizenship from all our applicants.
Every year there is strong competition for scholarships. We strongly encourage you read the questions carefully, consider your responses and take the time to look through our website to ensure that a Pinnacle scholarship is right for you. Make sure you answer every question to the best of your abilities, and you will have every chance.
Pinnacle Foundation scholarships awarded to students in their first year as a Pinnacle scholar are valued at $8,000. Pinnacle scholarships awarded to returning scholars are valued at $6,000.
Pinnacle Foundation scholarships are primarily intended to cover study-related expenses. A smaller percentage of scholarship funds awarded may be spent on wellbeing expenses to support you while you study.
Scholarships are awarded for fulltime study at public higher education institutions in Australia to achieve educational or vocational qualifications in any profession, trade or the arts.
This expressly includes fulltime study at a public university or a public TAFE. Study at private universities or private training institutions is not eligible.
Pinnacle scholars are required to:
Uphold The Pinnacle Foundation’s values:
- Embrace learning – creating opportunities, new horizons and joy through learning
- Sense of belonging – supporting each other, being part of a community, showing gratitude and having fun
- Will to transform – changing lives by having a go, challenging boundaries, being courageous and celebrating success.
- Strive for academic excellence and maintain a satisfactory level of fulltime academic achievement (reviewed bi-annually)
- Maintain a meaningful mentor-scholar relationship, adhering to the undertakings contained in the Mentor Handbook
- Share any significant life changes, areas of concern and academic issues that may impact upon my financial or academic position, openly communicating and always asking for permission first, rather than forgiveness later
- Respond promptly to all Pinnacle communication and requests
- Complete ten hours of community service per annum to the satisfaction of my mentor (community service may include volunteering with on-campus LGBTQIA+ groups)
- Be actively involved in the Pinnacle family and constructively engage with my local Pinnacle state or territory committee
- Respect and treat other members of the Pinnacle family and LGBTQIA+ community equally despite difference
- Spend my scholarship funds strictly in accordance with the Scholar Debit Card Conditions of Use, maintaining receipts for all expenditure.
Yes, you may re-apply subject to you continuing to meet the eligibility requirements.
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.
For the upcoming year, an application form and instructions can be found on this site here.
Scholarship applications open on 1 July and close on 31 August for study in the following academic year (ie apply between 1 July 2023 and 31 August 2023 for 2024 study).