The Pinnacle Foundation is proud to announce it will provide scholarships and mentoring to 30 new and continuing LGBTIQ+ scholars, from across Australia, between 18 and 26, to assist in their education.

The Pinnacle Foundation is Australia’s only national charity providing financial assistance and personalised mentoring to marginalised and disadvantaged LGBTIQ+ students whose circumstances may otherwise prevent them from achieving their full potential.

This year, the Foundation received 738 applications, an increase year on year, of 130 percent. Valued at nearly $200,000, the scholarships will assist our young scholars in completing their studies at High School, TAFE or University. This years scholars are studying a range of academic disciplines including Medicine, Paramedics, Veterinary Science, Business, Law, Finance, Education and Social Work.

The Pinnacle Foundation empowers young marginalised and disadvantaged LGBTIQ+ Australians to achieve their full potential and transform society for the better. Founded in 2009 and, funded entirely by the generosity of individual donors and corporate supporters, Pinnacle has, over the past ten years, awarded 209 scholarships to 135 scholars.

Aside from the financial support, scholars are matched with an accomplished mentor who shares their professional experience and life skills that they have gained throughout their own journey.

Pinnacle CEO, Janine Middleton said, “Pinnacle exists to provide educational scholarships and mentoring to young LGBTIQ+ students who need support, no matter what their chosen field may be or which part of Australia they come from.

“Education is one of the greatest gifts you can give. Everyone at Pinnacle draws inspiration from the incredible potential we see in these amazing students. It is a real privilege to offer opportunities and inspiration to bright, talented and ambitious young scholars”.

Pinnacle is on track to achieve its stated goal to double its endowment fund to $2 million by 2020, allowing even more annual scholarships to be offered.

Jacinta Clarke, Pinnacle Scholar 2018 and Medical Student said;

“In becoming a scholar, I was welcomed into this beautiful queer community that is the Pinnacle Foundation. A community that represents the full spectrum of queerness, including people whose queerness looked a lot like mine.”

Joel Wilson Pinnacle Scholar 2018 and Data Scientist said;

“The confidence I have gained from meeting so many LGBTIQ+ people, older and wiser than I, who are there to support us and tell me they believe in me, was truly life changing”