Abigail

Abigail Sutherland

For 2020, the Frank Ford AM and Sam Harvey Scholarship has been awarded to Abigail (born in 2001, from South Australia). Abigail received strong results in music subjects at Marryatville High Schools Special Interest Music Centre. In 2020, they will be studying a Bachelor of Music at Adelaide University’s – Elder Conservatorium. Abigail is inspired…

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Ainsley

Ainsley Mann

The Pinnacle Foundation has done more for me than I could ever really put into words. Not only have they helped me move away from home and into the city for uni but they have also given me the support and the encouragement to achieve my dreams. Not only that but I met one of…

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Alex

Alex Bradford

I am extremely grateful and honoured to have been chosen as a recipient of the Pinnacle Foundation’s Manikay Partners scholarship. The ongoing support of the Pinnacle Foundation has been invaluable to furthering my education. As well as providing me with essential study materials the scholarship has allowed me to purchase things such as a bike,…

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Alex

Alex Zerna

When I came out as a Queer-identifying country boy four years ago, I could never have fathomed that there was an organisation giving scholarships to LGBT+ students. Receiving this honour has changed my life beyond any quantifiable measure as it has proved that there is tangible support out there for someone like me and it…

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Alex (he/him)

My name is Alex, and I am going into my first year of a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Melbourne, majoring in International Relations and Politics as well as Psychology. I am the first member of my family to graduate high school, and the first person to attend university. As a young…

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Alice

Alice Knichala

To be considered for a Pinnacle scholarship is humbling, to actually receive a scholarship is amazing. The scholarship means I will be able to concentrate on my studies and have access to the best resources. Having access to the internet will enable me to engage with the queer community outside of my town. I am…

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Alistair

I am currently in my honours year for a double bachelor degree in Media Production, Visual Communication, and Creative Writing at the University of Canberra. My proposed honours thesis research discusses alternative kinship and the worlds/communities created through queer connection in young adult fiction.  I also work in a Transgender, Gender Diverse, and Intersex community organisation. As such working within community, supporting…

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Andy

Andy Tran

I am extremely grateful for the Pinnacle Foundation’s support in my future. The Pinnacle family have connected me with inspiring LGBTIQ+ students, professionals and allies from all over the country; role models passionate in achieving equality and successful in their respective fields, despite the adversity they may have faced. In addition to alleviating financial pressures,…

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Angel

Angel St James

In 2016, I was humbled and honoured to be welcomed into the Pinnacle family. I am incredibly excited for another year brimming with possibility as this scholarship continues to enable me to fully focus on my studies and becoming the person I need to be to pursue my dreams and make a difference in the…

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Angel

Angel St. James

Angel St. James (born in 1998, female, from Victoria) was awarded the Clark Walton Scholarship for 2020. Angel is a returning scholar after completing her first degree – a Bachelor of Creative Arts at the Sunshine Coast University in 2018.  She is now 21 years of age and is commencing her third year of her…

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Angela (she/her)

Hello, my name is Angela, and I am from Hobart in Tasmania. I am the first person in my family to attend university. In 2022, I will be moving to Adelaide to study a Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) and a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Adelaide. I aspire to have a career in…

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Anna

Hi, I’m Anna and I’m going into my third year of Business Law at the University of Western Australia (main Crawley campus). I’m originally from Bunbury in the southwest of WA and I moved to Perth away from home two years ago to pursue University. After I graduate from my undergraduate degree next year, I am doing a…

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Annelise

Annelise Rashoo

Receiving this scholarship from The Pinnacle Foundation has not only taken the added pressure of financial stress out of my studies for 2013 but has also motivated me to do my absolute best to exceed what is expected of me. Without having to worry about being able to afford school fees and the other expenses…

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Annika

I am a fifth-year undergraduate student studying Laws (Honours)/International Security Studies, minoring in Korean at Australian National University (ANU), with a GPA of 6.7.    I am a young leader in the Australian environmental movement, advocating for young people and marginalised communities to have a substantive role in climate justice reform. I am the Founder of GreenLaw, a young…

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Anthony

Anthony Copeland

Anthony Copeland (born in 1994, from Western Australia) was awarded the John Goldbaum Scholarship for 2020. Anthony completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne and an Honours year at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute before undertaking a Doctor of Medicine (Masters) at the University of Western Australia. Anthony will enter his…

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Anu

Anu Francis

Anu Francis (South Australia) has been awarded the Pippa Downes Scholarship for 2020. After graduating from the Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience) in 2017 at the University of Adelaide, Anu is currently finalising a Bachelor of Education (Secondary & Special Education), whilst undertaking a Bachelor of Exercise Science/Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology at Flinders University.…

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Arlyn

Arlyn Swain

As a CommBank Pinnacle Scholar I am being backed by 2 organizations that have a dedicated interest in the welfare of LGBT+ Australians. This award is an investment in my future – it gives me a lot of confidence to be acknowledged as having the potential to create a positive impact for LGBT+ rights. The…

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Arne

Arne will be undertaking first year studies at Charles Darwin University in the Bachelor of Law Course at the Darwin, Northern Territory campus in 2021. Having been born and raised in Alice Springs, and now living in Darwin, Arne has formed fond memories living, working and contributing to the growth of the small regional locations they have resided in. Arne is excited to dive into their program of studies and embrace learnings from traditional and contemporary legal perspectives. They aspire to find…

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Arthur

Arthur Forrest

“It still doesn’t feel real to me that I have such an amazing community behind me and so much support from my mentor, my fellow scholars and the foundation in general.” I am extremely grateful and fortunate to have become part of the Pinnacle family this year. Thanks to the Pinnacle foundation I can relax…

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Ashleigh

Ashleigh Scriven

Having a driving force such as the Pinnacle Foundation behind you is an unparalleled experience, one which embeds within you a determination to change the world. The support and encouragement that the Foundation seemingly inexhaustibly grants you, in conjunction with the sense of self-worth it reinstates within you, affords young LGBT+ people such as myself…

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Ashton

Ashton Brenton

The support of the Pinnacle Foundation is a vital hand in the dark for me, as it is for many other students. It’s wonderful to know that there is an organisation looking out for people like me, and I am extremely grateful to have been chosen to be supported by them. Without their help, I…

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Audrey

Audrey Cremer

I am honoured to be included as a Pinnacle Foundation Scholar in 2012, as this support will undoubtedly aid my navigation of what I anticipate being a precarious year. A reminder that my ambitions are attainable, I believe the effects of this scholarship will also reverberate within the LGBT+ community through the assertion of my…

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Avery (they/them/he/him)

My name is Avery, and I am currently studying a Bachelor of Science majoring in Mathematics at Macquarie University. 2022 will be my second year of study, and after my hopeful transfer to a double degree to add a Bachelor of Education (Secondary), I will be on track to finish in 2026. I am an…

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Axel

Axel-Nathaniel Rose

The support of the Pinnacle Foundation has not only incomparably improved my financial situation, making university study possible, but shown me a pathway forwards as an LGBT+ scholar. My mentor is a living representation of the potential of young LGBT+ people like myself. The existence of the Foundation gives such an inspiring, hopeful perspective on…

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Bailey (he/him)

Hi, my name is Bailey and I am a recently graduated Victorian Certificate of Education student and I will be studying a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience at Latrobe University. I have grown up in country Victoria and I lived here for my whole life. I have always been passionate about the connection between…

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Ben

Ben Nielsen

It is a pleasure to continue my relationship with the Pinnacle Foundation during my final year of tertiary education. Pinnacle has played an integral role over the past several years: providing text books, musical equipment, professional development opportunities, and of course facilitating my mentorships with Lachlan Philpott and Matt Gilbertson. When I don mortarboard and…

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Ben

Ben Nielsen

It is humbling to be chosen by the Pinnacle Foundation as a 2013 scholar, and thus an ambassador for LGBT+ youth. The Foundation’s assistance is a validation of my efforts, ambitions, and ultimately my worth as a member of the community. It is reassuring and empowering that the difficulties facing LGBT+ youth are recognised and…

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Benjamin

Benjamin Henry

The incredible generosity of those at Pinnacle and SHK have allowed me to enter my final year of law with confidence in my career path ahead. I have been absolutely overwhelmed with the support from all those involved with the foundation, and their willingness to foster the growth of the queer community. Perhaps the most…

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Benjamin

Benjamin Narooz Mcgrory

The 2020 recipient for The Berg Family Foundation Scholarship is Benjamin (Ben) Narooz McGrory (born in 1999, male, with an Indigenous background, from New South Wales). At the end of 2019 after completing his first year of tertiary studies, Benjamin was successful in transferring into a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Law at The University of…

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Blair

Blair Schuch

I only realised how difficult the last few years have been after I received a Pinnacle scholarship. Before I received the scholarship, I was only just getting by financially and I felt as though no one in my medical degree understood what I was going through. Being able to talk to my mentor about medicine…

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Brandon

Brandon Saputra

What drew me to the Pinnacle Foundation is its unique opportunity for LGBT+ youth. Not only will the scholarship provide me with financial aid that will go a long way in helping me acclimatise to my first year in Uni but the Foundation also conducts a mentorship program. Having already met my mentor, I know that…

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Brayden (he/him)

Hello, my name is Brayden, and I am currently studying a Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Sport Science) at Edith Cowan University. I am commencing my first year in 2022. I have a great passion for sport, especially basketball and Australian Football League. I love sport because of the team spirit and comradery that comes…

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Brendon

Brendon Hori

I feel incredibly fortunate and privileged to have received a scholarship from the Pinnacle Family. Words cannot describe how much it means to have people believe in my future and think me worthy of such a fantastic opportunity.
The financial assistance for my educational expenses will mean that some of the barriers I would have had…

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Brock

Brock Manson

I have been passionate about the power of the law since high school. When a barrister stands in a court room and argues before a judge, each word that is uttered has the capacity to transform the law. With its universal prevalence that reaches every aspect of our lives, positive changes in the law can…

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Brodie

Brodie McGee

The Pinnacle Scholarship means I can make focus more on my studies and will be able to improve what I get out of Uni. Partnering with a mentor who is able to provide advice and guidance provides something that a normal Uni degree doesn’t, it’s invaluable.

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Bronte

Bronte Charles

“The Pinnacle Foundation has given me the ability to pursue my ambitious educational goals by assisting me to move to Canberra to attend the Australian National University, as well as providing me with the support of other LGBTIQ+ students and role models that make me believe I can achieve success.” I am extremely honoured and…

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Bryan

Bryan Banks

I’m extremely grateful to the Pinnacle Foundation for giving me this scholarship and allowing me to continue with my studies with financial security that is so necessary in a student’s life. Managing both university life and a community-based production fortnightly show is difficult, but well worth the reward, and the Pinnacle Foundation are whole heartedly…

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Cai

Cai Langfordjpg

I feel incredibly grateful to have received a Pinnacle scholarship. This enables me to work towards my future goals in a secure and enriching environment. Pinnacle does an amazing job of equipping young people with the tools to succeed, and I am looking forward to the opportunities have ahead of me to study without the…

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Caiti (she/they)

My name is Caiti, and I am a third-year Juris Doctor student at the University of Melbourne. I grew up between regional South Australia and the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales. I went to nine different schools throughout my primary and secondary education. I lived abroad in Hong Kong and worked as a graphic…

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Caitlin

Caitlin Frost

The Pinnacle Foundation is everything I stand for. My current goal through study is to work with LGBTIQ+ youth and I am so grateful for the support from Pinnacle to help me achieve that. Not only the financial assistance but the community of mentors and other scholars that come along for the ride. I live…

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Caitlyn

Caitlyn Georgeson

The vital support of the Pinnacle Foundation at this time in my academic career has been an overwhelming privilege to receive. This generous scholarship will not only help to relieve the financial burden of my full-time studies but will also provide me with a mentor who will help to foster my development as both a…

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Caleb

Caleb Nichols-Mansell

Being awarded the Pinnacle Foundations Scholarship for 2014 has given me the opportunity to further pursue my career goals through study. The Pinnacle Foundation has lifted the burden of financial pressure off my back and allowed me to focus wholly on my education, ensuring I have the support from my mentor and the Pinnacle ‘family’…

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Cecilia

Cecilia Kavara-Verraro

I am super honoured and excited to be awarded such an important scholarship. It is really going to help me excel and complete my studies. I think it is super important to support people who have barriers in accessing education and the stability and resources required to see that education through. The Pinnacle Foundation have…

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Celia (she/they)

Hi, my name is Celia. I am about to commence my final year of a Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Sydney with a major in History. Throughout my course I have written extensively about America’s rich queer history, and I plan to pursue this field of inquiry as I continue with postgraduate…

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Charlie

Charlie Jackson-Martin

The Pinnacle Foundation has filled my coming university year with exciting prospects and opportunities. I feel privileged and incredibly lucky to have been chosen as a scholar and am particularly excited to build my relationship with my mentor in the coming year. Thanks to my scholarship I now have the ability to purchase a laptop…

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Chase

I’m in my second year of Bachelor of Biomedical Science at Deakin University, Waurn Ponds. I’m a transgender man and have struggled to find people who understand me, nonetheless I’m proud to be part of the LGBTIQ+ community and the person I am today.   I’m the first and only member of my family to attend university. I…

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Cody

Cody Luke

I like to tell stories and create the worlds they live in. I am a studying artist and designer in Wollongong, Australia. For me the Pinnacle Foundation scholarship and mentorship is a chance to make my art and design study more accessible and serves as means to connect with my community – the LGBT+ community…

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Connor Allen

Connor Allen

Being in such awe-inspiring company as my fellow scholars and the Pinnacle team, I am beyond grateful for the acceptance and belonging that this organisation has endowed me with. It goes without saying that I feel truly empowered to committing myself as a future practitioner to tackling the various social and health inequalities that plague…

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Curtis

Hi, I’m Curtis, I’m a second year Juris Doctor student at the University of Melbourne. I’m originally from Tasmania, and the first in my family to attend university. Prior to commencing my Juris Doctor (JD), I completed a Bachelor of International Studies at RMIT University and was fortunate to spend a semester abroad at the…

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Damian

Damian Maher

I never thought a scholarship program like the program run by the Pinnacle Foundation would exist, let alone that I would be fortunate enough to be a part of it. The financial, professional, and personal benefits provided by the Pinnacle Foundation, as well as my Pinnacle Mentor, will be invaluable as I pursue an Honours…

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Daniel

Daniel Wang

Growing up gay, and what it represented, always had a stigma attached to it. Knowing however the Pinnacle Foundation is behind me, supporting me for what and who I am, and what I believe, is something that I never thought possible. With the Foundation’s assistance, I will be able to better concentrate on my future…

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Darby

Darby Savage

The Pinnacle Foundation Scholarship has given me the most invaluable gift I could have ever asked for; the funds, freedom, and support to be able to leave a rural area and start a great degree.  The Foundation has been paramount in changing the lives of so many young Australians and I am absolutely honoured to…

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Darcy (he/him)

Hi, my name is Darcy and I am in my third year of studying Clinical Lab Science and Forensic Toxicology and Biology and I have two years left after 2022. I grew up rural and only came out when I moved to Perth in late 2018. I started university shortly afterwards and honestly had a…

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David

David Edward

David Edwards (born in 1995, from Western Australia) will undertake either a Media/Marketing and/or Bachelor of Teaching at Edith Cowan University, with 2020 being David’s first year of university study. David has a hopeful approach to the future and looks forward to starting at either Edith Cowan University or Curtin University in 2020. David would…

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Dean

Dean Mrotzek

Trust in your struggle… After the disowning from my family, friends and home country for being LGBTQI+. I was left disconnected and forced to leave everything behind to find a new life abroad. Struggling to support myself and create a new life, had me work harder than ever had before however I often missed out…

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I feel truly blessed to have been allowed the opportunity for a better standard of living with the help of the Pinnacle Foundation. I was at first hesitant at sharing my story and enlisting the help of the Pinnacle Foundation. I tried to talk myself out of applying, that I could get through it on…

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Dibs

Dibs Barisic Sprem

Being awarded this scholarship by the Pinnacle Foundation means I can relax and enjoy my first year of university. I feel very lucky to not only have part of my financial burden be taken care of but to receive support from a mentor. Having this assistance would make a big difference in any person’s life…

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Dominic (he/they)

Hi, my name is Dominic. I am in my 5th year of study, currently finishing off my honours in microbiology. I have one more year left of my undergrad, an honours year in linguistics, and then a 4-year PhD after that. I am studying at UNSW Sydney. Having grown up in a rural region of…

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Dylan

I’m Dylan Barnes and I am a proud Wiradjuri person born and raised on the Central Coast with cultural connections to the Ngardi people of East Arnhem Land and the Darkinjung people of the Central Coast. I am studying a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Indigenous Studies and Politics at Macquarie University. I will be going into…

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Dylan

Dylan Lewis

I’m completely honoured and grateful to the Pinnacle Foundation for not just the financial support but also the opportunity to work with a mentor. Most of the time my anxiety and insecurities get the best of me, having someone that can both keep me on track and educate me in the field is a vital…

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Dylan

Dylan Lloyd

Words can’t express how grateful I am for the support of the Pinnacle Foundation – from the other amazing scholars, to my brilliant mentor and all the supportive staff around me. Being able to be not only comfortable and proud of who I am, but to be a leader in my community is something I…

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Edwina

Edwina Memic

The Pinnacle Foundation’s support means that I can finally put my education first and strive towards my ambitions without being held back due to financial difficulties and a lack of support. This scholarship will enable me to succeed as it has shown me that hard work and persistence does pay off even in difficult times.…

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Eleanor

For 2020, the SHK Asia Pacific Scholarship has been awarded to Eleanor Ryan (born in 1993, from Canberra and currently residing in Victoria). Eleanor is undertaking a Juris Doctorate at University of Melbourne and is about to start her third and final year after achieving very strong academic results for 2019. Eleanor’s career goal is…

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Eliza (she/her)

Hi there, my name is Eliza. I am currently studying a double degree of Law and Commerce with a major in Finance at Curtin University.  2022 will be the third year of my degree out of a total of five years. Volleyball is a big part of my life, for social and fitness reasons. The…

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Elizabeth (she/they)

Hello, my name is Elizabeth. I live on Guringai Country with my beautiful partner, our cat, and four mischievous pet rats. I am studying a Master of Research Program in Macquarie University’s Department of History. I enjoy all kinds of history, medieval to now, but my primary interest is Australian history since colonisation to now.…

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Elliot

Elliot Rentoul

I was surprised and humbled to be receiving the Pinnacle Scholarship this year. Although I think we all face the professional realm with a bit of healthy trepidation, having the support of a mentor in my final few years of study has eased my fears about the future. If so many LGBTIQ+ people have “made…

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Eloise (she/her)

Hi there, I am Eloise. I study a Bachelor of Medicine/Surgery at the University of Tasmania, entering my fourth year in 2022, and I am on track to graduate in late 2023. I grew up in a poor area, with a mother who has schizoaffective disorder and an absentee father, and I was raised by…

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Elyse

Elyse Wilson

For 2020, Elyse Wilson (born 1998, female, from Tasmania) has been granted the Dr. White and Rod Anderson Tasmanian Scholarship. Elyse is currently in her third year of a Medical degree at the University of Tasmania and in 2020 she will be starting to work in the rural clinical school in Burnie.  Elyse enjoys the opportunity to…

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Emery

Emery Wishart

Studying my second year of a Bachelor of Education my hope is to become an inspiring Primary School teacher. I voluntarily manage the non-profit organisation TransFolk of WA – the only peer support service for trans people and their loved ones in Western Australia. In 2018 I undertook specialised suicide prevention training and founded DISCHARGED…

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Emmanuel (he/him)

Hi! I am Emmanuel (he/him), a second year Juris Doctor (JD) student at the University of Melbourne. I grew up in Hong Kong and Guangzhou, so now I am excited to be back in Australia for my education and career. Prior to starting my JD, I completed a Bachelor of Music at Berklee College of…

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Eric

Eric Gonzalez

The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG Scholarship for 2020 has been awarded to Eric Gonzales. Eric (born in 1996, from New South Wales) is about to undertake his final year of a Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Law course at The University of Sydney. Eric commented, “I enrolled in undergraduate Law at the University of…

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Erik

Erik Ly

I really didn’t think that the Pinnacle Foundation would take into consideration my application even though I had known about the Foundation for quite a while, until one of my referees said to me that I should totally apply for it.
I feel very grateful and honoured that the Pinnacle Foundation believes in me and has…

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Estelle

James Clarke

With the Pinnacle Foundation supporting me in my journey, I don’t believe there will be much I won’t achieve. Being backed by such an inspiring Foundation, one that really helps students (including myself) reach the pinnacle of their personal and educational success, is an opportunity I am so thankful to be given.
I am delighted to…

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Freja (she/her)

Hi, I am Freja and I am currently entering my second year of Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at Curtin University and I will be graduating in 2025. Once I graduate, I hope to specialise in emergency medicine or general practice, but I also am very excited to explore all the different options…

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Gabby (they/them)

Hello, my name is Gabby. I am currently in my second year at Edith Cowan University studying a Bachelor of Nursing. I will finish my nursing degree in 2023, however, I hope to continue my education further by completing a degree in midwifery as well as my master’s degree and a PhD. I have spent…

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Gabin (he/him)

Hi, my name is Gabin. It is an exceptional honour to have the Pinnacle Foundation’s support as I enter my final year of medicine and the burgeoning phase of my career. I am incredibly humbled to have been chosen as the recipient of The Alan Joyce AC & Shane Lloyd Scholarship in 2022. I was…

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Gabriel

Gabriel Olaer

This Pinnacle scholarship is such a wonderful opportunity in gaining support to enable me to achieve my goals. As it would be my personal legend to make something out of myself and to prove to people that anyone has the potential, that we are all equally capable and that it only takes willingness and perseverance;…

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Gale

Gale Chan

I am incredibly honoured in being chosen to receive a Pinnacle Scholarship. Receiving the scholarship will allow me to do better in my studies by taking away some of the financial burdens associated with university. This will make the overall year less stressful for me, which in turn enables me to focus on my education…

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Georg

Georg Tamm

During my Undergraduate degree I had a tough couple of years that were financially and emotionally difficult. As I begin my PhD at the University of Melbourne having the financial and emotional support from the Pinnacle Foundation is going to allow me to reach my potential and hopefully light the spark to create a better…

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Georgie

Georgie Stone

For a long time, I didn’t know anyone else who was trans like me. I felt isolated, and alone. This is why I am so excited to be a part of the Pinnacle Foundation family. I have met such a wonderful bunch of LGBTIQ+ young people who are passionate about life and reaching their full…

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Hamil

I am a Sri-Lankan Australian transgender man who travelled a bit when I was a child. I have been in Sydney since 2014. Life was a bit difficult for me growing up in a conservative religious household and moving to a different country. I am glad that I have managed to overcome those challenges. Now,…

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Hannah

Hannah Worsley

As a rural queer person, being awarded a Pinnacle Foundation Scholarship is not only a massive honour, but also a rare and important opportunity to become a part of a supportive LGBTIQ+ organisation. This scholarship takes a great deal of financial pressure off, and allows me to continue activities that make me who I am,…

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Harriet

Harriet Horsfall

This scholarship marks a watershed for my development as a young scholar. I am exceedingly grateful for the support of the Pinnacle Foundation, which will allow me to remain steadfast in my commitment to academic excellence and social change. There are so many negative connotations around being young and identifying as LGBT+, and it is…

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Harriet

Harriet Harding

“I’m very honoured to be awarded one of this year’s Pinnacle scholarships. As a young gay person who lives ‘out’ in society every day, I am excited to continue my involvement with the broader community. With the help of this scholarship I hope to help change the way our society sees gay, lesbian, bisexual and…

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Harrison

Harrison Norris

Moving from Regional Queensland and undertaking a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Commerce degree, there are many expected emotional and financial adversities which will arise. Being awarded a Pinnacle Foundation Scholarship will enable me to focus on my studies, by easing foreseeable financial hardships. Furthermore, having the emotional support and guidance from a mentor will add…

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Harrison

Harrison Comino

Receiving a scholarship from the Pinnacle Foundation meant a great deal to me, a lot more than just receiving financial aid.  It meant an amazing education, a lifestyle that I want and the realisation of my dream profession.  It meant that I can be the person I need to, and it meant that I can…

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Harry

Harry Koelyn

I am extremely grateful and feel truly blessed to receive the Pinnacle scholarship for 2016. It means so much to me that there’s someone out there that are very willing to support my education and overall my livelihood. Over the past years, I wasn’t able to fully cope with school and university due to my…

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Harry (he/him)

Hello, I am Harry, and I am beginning my fourth year of a Bachelor of Arts and Law at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in 2022. I am currently majoring in History with a minor in Politics and International Relations under my Arts degree. At UNSW Law Society, I am the current standing…

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Hayden

In 2020 the Tea Uglow Scholarship has been awarded to Hayden Moon. Hayden graduated Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Theatre and Performance Studies at University of Sydney in 2019 with a first-class Honours grade. Hayden is commencing their Doctor of Philosophy in 2020. Hayden’s academic results have been outstanding, and they have received the 2018 and…

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Isabella Kotasek

Isabella Kotasek

Isabella Kotasek (born 1995, female, from South Australia) completed a Bachelor of Science (Advanced), majoring in ecology and zoology in 2016. She is currently in her third year of Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience) at the University of Adelaide. She will be going on to complete the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine by 2023. Raised on…

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Isobel

Isobel Blomfield

“As I transition from University to professional life, the Pinnacle scholarship has helped me financially, socially and emotionally. One of the most rewarding parts is the mentorship I receive with an LGBTIQ+ woman in my industry, as well as the support base throughout the program.” I feel incredibly grateful to be a Pinnacle Scholar. It’s…

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Isobel

Isobel Connell

The scholarship makes my life a lot easier. Without Pinnacle I’d have real difficulty affording (both financially and psychologically) to be able to study full time and create the life I want.

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Izzy

Izzy Treacy

The Pinnacle foundation has provided me with unbelievable opportunities through the presentation of this scholarship. The Foundation does such amazing work for young LGBT+ youth, and this scholarship will allow me to speak out in my own community to spread the message that you are not alone in this journey, which is something that Pinnacle…

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Jacinta

Jacinta Clark

I talked myself out of applying for a scholarship 3 years in a row because I thought I wasn’t queer enough or disadvantaged enough. It wasn’t until I was about to start my final year that I decided I truly needed it and now I’m here and cursing my past self for being so worried…

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Jack

Jack Metcalfe

Receiving the Pinnacle Scholarship has been a wonderful surprise, knowing that this year I will have some assistance to further my studies in my Sports Science degree. My history within the Queer community has led me to realise that within the Health and Fitness industry, there is a distinct lack of knowledge and research specific…

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Jack

Jack Townsend

I’m very grateful to have been granted a Pinnacle Foundation Scholarship for 2018. As I finish my final year of law, the support the Pinnacle Foundation is providing me is of invaluable assistance as I prepare to enter the legal industry as a graduate. In particular, I’m grateful for the opportunity to be connected (through…

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Jaius (he/him)

I’m Jaius, and I’m commencing my studies in a Bachelor of Commerce at The University of Melbourne in 2022. I have been very blessed with my education thus far, and am particularly grateful to have been lucky enough to have had so many enriching experiences throughout high school. In year nine, I developed a strong…

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Jake

Jake Quilligan

“Being awarded something is always a great feeling, however, being recognised by The Pinnacle Foundation is a different feeling entirely. It’s amazing! I feel valued, and their support will help me achieve my dream of becoming a health professional. I’m really thankful.”

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James

James Holland

In my fifth year of a Bachelor of Law (Honours)/Arts at Monash University, I am excited by all things public policy. The experience of growing up in a community that did not accept my sexuality left me with a desire to build a fairer society, where fewer are alienated and alone. My interest in a…

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Jan (he/him/his)

Hello, my name is Jan, and I am medical student at the University of Queensland (UQ). I am currently in my third year, undertaking a rural placement in Hervey Bay for the next two years. I am interested in rural practice, and this placement is a great opportunity to explore that option before I graduate.…

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Jayde

This year The Harvey Milk Scholarship was awarded to Jayde (born in 1995, from Melbourne) who will commence her third year of a Doctor of Medicine at the University of Queensland after completing a Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne. Jayde is focused on improving LGBTIQ+ Australians’ access to suitable healthcare and endeavours…

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Jayke

Jayke Clayden

I feel very privileged to be awarded this scholarship. I know that the support that I’m going to receive from Pinnacle and my mentor will help me achieve my goals and dreams in the future. Being a part of a mentoring program such as this is an invaluable experience and I intend to make the…

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Jen

Jen Chen

It has been incredibly difficult for me this year as I was outed to my conservative, religious parents and even now they continue to reject my sexual identity. It was during this period of my life that I felt isolated, alone and mentally exhausted. However, organisations like the Pinnacle Foundation have given me hope that…

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Jessie (she/her)

My name is Jessie and I am about to start my final year of the Doctor of Medicine at the University of Queensland. I am originally from Dalby (a small town 2.5 hours west of Brisbane), moved to Brisbane to attend high school and university, and now I am based at the UQ Rural Clinical…

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Joel

Joel Wilson

I feel extremely honoured to be a 2017 recipient of the Pinnacle Foundation Scholarship. The past few years have presented me with numerous challenges whilst coming out and transitioning. As such, this scholarship will not only relieve some of the financial burden of being an independent transgender university student but will allow me to excel…

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John (he/him)

Hello, I am John, and I am going into my final year of Medicine in North Queensland. I aspire to use my degree to train in obstetrics, gynaecology, and sexual health. My main motive is to be part of the movement to improve access of such services to the LGBTIQ+ community, especially transgender and gender…

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Jordan

Jordan Brown

During a time where I am fully discovering myself, I feel that receiving this scholarship not only supports my education, but also my identity as I enter a new and exciting chapter of my life. The Pinnacle Foundation provides the educational, financial and well-being encouragement of LGBT+ students. Coming from a rural area, this was…

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Jordan (they/them)

Hello, my name is Jordan. I have been accepted to study a Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) at Curtin University, beginning in 2022 and therefore likely to finish in 2026. I plan to study physics and see where that takes me in life. Besides loving physics, I have a passion for making jewellery and would…

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Josh

Josh Lavery

I cannot communicate the difference that this scholarship will make to my life. Not only will it ensure that I am able to start my academic career with the same opportunities as others, it will mean that I am able to commence my studies stress free. The additional benefit of a mentor is just wonderful.…

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Joshua

Joshua Reilly

The Pinnacle Foundation has provided me with an amazing start to the next stage of my studies. Not only has the financial support alleviated a lot of my stress, the mentoring received by the foundation has helped me immensely. I consider myself so lucky to be associated with a community which celebrates and builds the…

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Julian (he/they)

Hello, my name is Julian, and I am a first year Bachelor of Psychological Sciences student due to graduate (after completing my honours) in mid-2025, so I have two-and-a-half years left to study is after 2022 is done. I study at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). This is actually my second degree; my first degree…

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Julien

Julien Grosmaire

I always dreamt of being a vet from a very young age. When I was offered a position in the veterinary course in Wagga Wagga, I didn’t hesitate a second to take up the amazing opportunity to help all creatures great and small and be fortunate enough to call it a job. Thank you to…

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Kai

For 2020, The Pinnacle Foundation Scholarship has been Awarded to Kai James Morley. Kai (born in 1999) currently resides in Malaysia and is relocating to Melbourne to undertake a Bachelor of Dermal Therapy. Kai wants to pursue a degree which will allow him to pursue his creative endeavours. He enjoys the science and clinical aspects…

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Kai

Kai Schweizer

I am deeply honoured to be a 2018 Pinnacle Scholar. For the first time in my studies, I am able to focus on working toward the best possible grades without financial barriers. Unfortunately, here in WA, it is still difficult to be a trans person at university, but I know I have the support of…

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Kaitlyn

Kaitlyn Shepherd

Being awarded this scholarship means more than words can express, the scholarship that The Pinnacle Foundation has given me will be helping me finish Year 12 and the second year in my automotive studies. This scholarship and mentoring is an honour and privilege to be awarded and will be helping me tremendously with my ambition…

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Kalani (he/him)

My name is Kalani, and I am in my final year of a Bachelor of Biomedicine at The University of Melbourne. I am originally from Byron Bay in Northern New South Wales and moved to Melbourne in 2020 to study. I am majoring in pharmacology and am hoping to study medicine after completing my degree.…

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Kat

Kat Reed

2015 was the hardest year of my life. I was trying to manage various personal issues arising in my life due to my identity as well as navigating the stresses of university and working to completely support myself out of home. My identity has had a huge impact on my ability to dedicate myself fully…

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Katie (she/her)

Hello, my name is Katie Bird. I am in my final year of studying a Doctor of Medicine at the University of Newcastle, based in the Central Coast Local Health District. I am a strong advocate for inclusivity and passionately champion LGBTIQ+ rights. I volunteer with Consent Labs, an organisation which educates young people on…

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Keiraley

I am studying a Bachelor of Science in the stream of Medical Science. I commenced my studies in 2018 and am due to complete my studies at the end of 2021. I am studying with The University of Sydney. Prior to 2020 I attended the Camperdown campus; I am now studying online since the pandemic.  …

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Kirsty

Kirsty Herbert

It took me until the second year of university to admit that I needed help along the way. This scholarship not only means that I can receive the support that will enable me to finish strong in my final year, it also showed me that trusting others by asking for help is not always a…

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Kyra (she/them)

Hi, my name is Kyra, and I am currently completing my Bachelor of Nursing at Charles Sturt University. I started studying at Charles Sturt University in 2021 and have enjoyed every moment of it. I identify as pansexual, and I have since a very young age. I had many difficulties growing up with unsupportive family…

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Lara

Lara Tonkin

I am extremely honoured and grateful to become a scholar for the Pinnacle Foundation. This scholarship has given me opportunities I never thought possible allowing me to overcome so much of the stress that comes with attending university during a very turbulent time in my life. The Pinnacle Foundation has opened many doors for me,…

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Laura

Laura Cripps

Receiving the Pinnacle Foundation Scholarship has been a highlight of my University career. Not only has the foundation given me financial support through my Scholarship, sponsored by SHK Asia Pacific, but also the opportunity to meet amazing people, including my mentor, other scholars and members of the foundation. The combination of financial and personal support…

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Lauren

Lauren Sanford

I am amazed and honoured to have been awarded a 2013 Pinnacle scholarship. For me, this is a reminder of the importance of both hard work and community. It is a reward for the years I have precariously balanced study with difficult health and family situations, and an encouragement and source of support in continuing…

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Leann (she/her/they/them)

Hello, my name is Leann. I will graduate from The University of Sydney mid-way through 2023 with a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Advanced Studies with majors in economics and econometrics. I am so looking forward to using economics and data to improve the lives of everyday Australians and contribute to the discipline…

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Lee

Lee Taube

Being awarded this scholarship made me feel worthy and validated not only my career goals but also me as a person. This scholarship means that I won’t be stressed about the financial costs of my education, which I feel relived about. I am even more excited about the mentoring program as I feel supported in…

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Leo

Leo Sammut

The Murray J Collins – The City Gardener Scholarship for 2020 has been awarded to Leo Sammut (born in 1998, from Victoria). Leo is from a regional area of central Victoria and the first in family to attend university. They are currently studying a Bachelor of Science Advanced – Global Challenges at Monash University and…

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Leo (he/him)

Hi, my name is Leo. I am a transgender man from Brisbane who is studying a Bachelors of Regional and Town Planning at the University of Queensland. I knew from a young age that I wanted to pursue a career focused on solving problems and after a few work experience opportunities I found urban planning…

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Lewis

Lewis McFarlane

My goal is to become an academic in the field of Medicinal chemistry so that I can use my passion for chemistry to help people. This scholarship has allowed me to focus on my studies during my final year of university and now during my PhD. I am in the process of conducting postgraduate research…

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Lewis

Lewis Gentle

Pinnacle has provided a lifeline in furthering our education as LGBTQI+ youth. Not only can we now meet the financial obligations of university, but have also been given mentors who are able to offer invaluable career and personal guidance. Moving from Coffs Harbour to Melbourne to study Commerce at Monash University has been a huge…

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Lili

Lili Murtagh

The Reg Holloway Scholarship for 2020 has been awarded to Lili Murtagh (born in 1998, from Queensland). Lili has completed a Bachelor of Music at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane in 2019 and will go on to do a Masters of Teaching at either Queensland University of Technology in 2020. She is…

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Lindsay

Lindsay Stewart

I am very grateful receiving The Pinnacle Foundation Scholarship as it will allow me to continue my education. I am honoured to be acknowledged for my abilities and raising awareness of disadvantaged transgender youths in regional areas. My family was very disadvantaged when I was growing up and they are very proud of me reaching…

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Logan

Logan Ward

I feel really honoured to receive this scholarship, it means a lot to me. The scholarship provided by Pinnacle has given me the opportunity and support to continue studying full time and build relationships with my LGBT+ peers.

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Lucy

Lucy Bonanno

This scholarship not only provides me with financial aid but also the means, in the form of a mentor, to properly motivate and help me achieve my absolute academic best, as well as allowing me to become more involved and active in LGBT+ events and organisations. I’m truly one of the lucky few to embrace…

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M’Keely

M’Keely Armstrong

“Never forget what you are, the rest of the world will not. Wear it like armour and it can never be used to hurt you.” ~ Tyrion Lannister I am humbly grateful for The Pinnacle Foundation awarding me a Maurice Joyce Named Scholarship, which has provided me with extraordinary opportunities in achieving my goal to become…

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Maddy (they/them)

Hello, my name is Maddy. I am currently studying a Bachelor of Communications (Media) at RMIT University. I am one and a half years in and have one and a half years to go. I am originally from Gandangara Land (Goulburn), a small town in New South Wales – home of the Big Merino! I…

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Mat

Mat Russo

Receiving a scholarship from The Pinnacle Foundation has given me incredible confidence to achieve the academic and professional goals I have set for the final year of my Primary Education degree. Through the joint assistance of the Foundation and my Mentor Maurie, I believe 2012 will be a pivotal year for my development as a…

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Mat (they/them)

Hello, my name is Mat and I am studying a Bachelor of Music Theatre. I will be entering my second year of study in 2022 and will complete my final year of in 2023. I am studying at the University of Adelaide. I am a non-binary, pansexual person who has a passion for student activism,…

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Matthew (he/him)

Hi, my name is Matthew. In 2022, I will be commencing a Bachelors Degree of Science and Maths at the University of Queensland. I have long been involved in environmental committees and am excited to continue my study and activism at university.  Additionally, after experiencing and witnessing discrimination in my local communities I hope to…

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Max

Max Cooper

In 2013 Pinnacle enabled me to focus on my studies in a way that would not have seemed possible to me without the scholarship. I was able to stop counting every cent, and my ability to take advantage of the opportunities offered to me was hugely increased. The quality of my work improved because I…

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Max

Max Cooper

I’m looking forward to the year ahead, and this is greatly enhanced by the opportunities that the Pinnacle Scholarship will offer me. The financial benefits will be enormously helpful, but even more than that I look forward to having the chance to work with an experienced mentor who will be an invaluable source of guidance…

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Max

Max Taylor

Receiving this scholarship has been the most life changing experience for me, and I am so thankful and happy to be a part of the pinnacle family. The pinnacle Foundation provides more than just financial aid, and the sense of community already developing between current scholars, mentors and Pinnacle members is very valuable to me.…

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Michael

Michael Sun

The vital support of the Pinnacle Foundation at this time in my academic career has been an overwhelming privilege to receive. This generous scholarship will not only help to relieve the financial burden of my full-time studies but will also provide me with a mentor who will help to foster my development as both a…

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Michael (he/him)

Hello, I am Michael. I am deeply grateful to The Pinnacle Foundation and The Sir James McNeill Trust for supporting me in my educational aspirations. I am a Vietnamese Australian who has grown up in Melbourne and I am the only person in my family to attend university. Having recently completed my fourth year of…

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Mikhayla

Hello! My name is Mikhayla and I am very excited to be starting my first year of my Doctor of Medicine at the University of Sydney in 2021. I’m located at the Nepean Clinical School based at Nepean Hospital in Penrith where I will attend one day a week with the other days of the…

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Mitchell

Mitchell will be undertaking first year studies at Queensland University of Technology in the Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Behavioural Science, Kelvin Grove and Gardens Point campus in 2021. Growing up in rural far North Queensland with a burning passion to help make people’s lives better, one day at a time. My life aspiration…

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Morgan

Morgan Petrie

I feel privileged to receive a Pinnacle scholarship for 2015. It is without question that this opportunity will create boundless opportunities to network with many people from a variety of different backgrounds within the LGBT+ community, whilst also easing the financial pressures that are associated with studying away from home, that are inevitable to anyone…

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Murray

Murray Gatt

Receiving a scholarship from the Pinnacle Foundation is an opportunity for personal and professional development more impactful than I could have anticipated. Being connected with an aspirational mentor is assisting me not only navigate my studies but become a more resilient and driven individual. I have been introduced to an inspiring and supportive group of…

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Nathan

Nathan Watts

I feel truly honoured to be awarded a scholarship for 2014 from the Pinnacle Foundation. For me to be considered and accepted for the Pinnacle Foundation Scholarship, gave me a sense of feeling worthwhile in the eyes of society. The Scholarship will allow me to access the resources and materials to help me achieve, and…

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Nathan

Nathan Fullbrook

I graciously accept this scholarship as it an honour to be granted it. I believe with it, as well as the support from The Pinnacle Foundation and my mentor; that it will help me reach my full potential for this year and set up a promising path for the future.

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Nathan

Nathan Cappelluti

“My world’s been flipped on its head this year, and without the support of Pinnacle it wouldn’t have been possible.” I’ve been able to move away from regional SA to be closer to hospital and end the 3 hour commute I’d been making every day for the previous 4 years. By gaining the financial independence to…

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Nathan

Nathan Li

Being a Pinnacle Scholar means that someone recognises not just the hard work that I have already put into myself and my community, but rather has the foresight and faith in me to see all the good work I could do in the future.

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Neville

Neville Fields

I feel very honoured and proud to be a 2011 recipient of this scholarship and I look forward to the day I graduate and start working in the field so that I too can involve myself in the foundation and give back maybe just some of what has been offered to me when I need…

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Nic

Nic Wright

The support the Pinnacle Foundation has given me is immeasurable. The financial aspect of the scholarship has allowed me to focus on my degree and mental health in a way that I definitely wouldn’t have been able to otherwise and has made my life so much easier. The biggest impact it has had on me…

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Nicholas

Nicholas Tarpey

The continued support of the Pinnacle Foundation is an amazing and generous opportunity to focus on the ever-increasing difficulty and immersion that my course requires. Developing my practical skills and knowledge steadily over the last couple of years has been made possible with the equipment, textbooks and opportunities required, that would have been otherwise out…

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Nick (they/them)

Hi, I’m Nick, I’m currently in my second year of a Bachelor of Youth Work & Youth Studies at RMIT. I am a first-generation Australian born Chinese. My parents came to Australia in search for a better life and worked hard to provide for me and my brother. This has allowed me to be openly…

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Noah

Joining The Pinnacle Foundation has been incredibly meaningful to me, and I am grateful to have been chosen as a recipient of such a generous and inclusive scholarship program.   I am currently enrolled in the Doctor of Medicine at UniMelb, and hope to graduate in 2023 following completion of a Masters of Public Health alongside the MD program.  …

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Odette

I have been accepted into an engineering double degree at Monash University Clayton campus in 2021.  I come from a pretty traditional upbringing in Lilydale, although I spent the early years of my life in Ringwood. My dad is an electrical engineer himself, which has given me years of tinkering and designing experience shared with him. I…

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Oliver

Oliver Robertson

I am studying year 12 VCE this year. I am studying biology, sociology, psychology, general English and health & human development. I only heard about the Pinnacle Foundation in 2016 and immediately wanted to apply. I am truly grateful to be given the financial and educational support the Foundation provides. It has been difficult at…

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Oliver

Oliver McGrath

I am very grateful to be awarded a 2018 Pinnacle Foundation Scholarship, and knowing that I have the support and encouragement of the Foundation, and my mentor is invaluable. I am looking forward to being able to use this opportunity to excel in my studies and career path, and work towards improving the health of…

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Olivia (details withheld for privacy)

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In 2020 the AGL Scholarship was awarded to Olivia from Victoria. Olivia moved to Melbourne to study and in 2020 she will enter into her second year of a Bachelor of Computer Science degree. Olivia notes, “I really am fascinated by the idea how technology can help people in so many ways. Getting a Bachelor…

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Ono (they/them)

Hello, my name is Ono. Inspired by Black and Asian-led queer spaces in London and teachings from the ‘Erotic as Power’ by Audre Lorde, I envisioned a space for community and liberation for Queer, Transgender, Intersex, Black and People of Colour (QTIBPOC) here in Australia. Thus began my journey of bringing together DEiFY – a…

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Patrick

Patrick Eid

The Pinnacle Foundation has surpassed the expectations of a scholarship. In addition to providing financial aid to assist in the continuation of my education, it has played a vital role in creating both a well-being and social support network. The Foundation provides opportunities for professional development through mentorships and fosters further networking within our LGBT+…

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Patrick

My aim is to pursue a career in healthcare … a huge field, I know! I have become increasingly certain that this is a career that infuses my fundamental values – helping wholeheartedly, compassion and service to others. I will be studying Medicine and Surgery at Curtin University. I believe Medicine will offer this balance between care and empathy and the critical thinking…

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Reece

Reece Rowe

Receiving this scholarship from the Pinnacle Foundation is like a dream come true! Knowing that I have the support I need to get through my degree is such a relief and a weight of my mind! I am so grateful to the Pinnacle Foundation for all of their support from financial support, to mentor support…

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Ren (she/her)

Hello, my name is Ren. I am currently in my third year of a five-year double degree in Bachelor of Law/ Bachelor of Science (environmental Biology) at University of Technology. Growing up in the late 90s and early 2000s has meant that I have witnessed the dramatic changes in climatic patterns which has motivated me…

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Renae

Renae Papalexiou

The Bill Chambers Scholarship for 2020 has been awarded to Renae Papalexiou (born in 1994, from Queensland). Renae will enter into their final year of their Masters of Teaching (Secondary) at Queensland University of Technology, having earlier completed a Science degree. They are the first in Family to attend university. Renae is determined to use…

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Renee

Renee Pope

I’ll never forget the feeling of absolute awe and disbelief when I found out I had been selected as a 2014 Pinnacle Scholar. It is such an honour and a privilege, and for me it is life changing. As an activist and a young member of the LGBT+ community I have so many visions for…

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Rhian

Rhian Mordaunt

The Pinnacle Foundation does far more than providing financial support to marganlised students. It creates a strong network of talented LGBT+ youth and transforms us into the leaders that will work together to create a world that is safe for all young LGBT+ people; a world in which they are free to grow, learn and…

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Rhiannon

Rhiannon Harris

I am truly grateful and humbled at being selected as a recipient for an education scholarship from The Pinnacle Foundation for another year. The financial aid provided will alleviate the financial burdens associated with studying full-time at university, allowing me to apply myself to my studies without having to worry if it will be affordable.…

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Richelle

Richelle Osborne

I feel incredibly grateful and lucky to receive a scholarship from The Pinnacle Foundation. Having a group of people recognise how important my education is to me and taking me on as a Scholar means a tremendous amount. The financial assistance for educational expenses and equipment will break down some of the difficulties associated with…

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Ricky

Ricky Stocker-Johns

If you’d have told a 14-year-old me he’d be the recipient of a scholarship specifically for Queer Students he’d have never believed you. To be the recipient of Pinnacle Scholarship in 2018 is both incredibly humbling and validating as young gay man. Having moved from the country to Adelaide in 2016 to study Medicine the…

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Riley (he/him)

Hello, my name is Riley. I am currently a second year Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine student at the University of England in Armidale and am due to finish my studies by the end of 2025. I grew up on the border of New South Wales and Queensland in a country town…

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Rory (he/they)

Hi, my name is Rory, and I will be going into my second year of a double degree in Law and Archaeological Practice at the Australian National University (ANU). ANU has an excellent archaeological department, and the course will give me experience in useful practical skills. ANU also gives me the options to do a…

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Ruben

Ruben Blackwood

I have never had a community of people around me who were casually and unassumingly accepting and supportive of my identity, so I failed to realise the difference in my life that would make. Yet, Pinnacle has easily offered me this and a mentor whose willing to commit to making time for me to help…

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Salv (he/him)

Hello, my name is Salvatore. I am a third year Bachelor of Commerce (Finance)/ Bachelor of Laws candidate at Macquarie University in Sydney. I am aiming to seek admission to the Law School’s honours program and, if successful, I will most likely graduate in 2023. My research interests include Australian constitutional law, equity and charitable…

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Sam

Sam Kroon

“you never swim in the same ocean twice; its never the same ocean, and its never the same you” (author unknown)

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Sam (he/him)

Hello, my name is Sam, and I am incredibly excited and absolutely honoured to be a Pinnacle scholar. I am about to endeavour upon my second of five years of study. I am currently completing a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) combined with a Bachelor of Social Science at the University of Newcastle. Outside of my…

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Sarah

Sarah Sanford

For 2020 The Alan Joyce AC & Shane Lloyd Scholarship has been awarded to Sarah Sandford (born in 1995). Originally from New Zealand and now a permanent resident of Australia, Sarah is undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy in Immunology at University of Melbourne and will commence her third year in 2020. Sarah has clearly defined…

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Scott

Scott Aldred

I am incredibly grateful and honoured to be a recipient of a Pinnacle Foundation Scholarship. It is amazing to know that there are institutions like the Pinnacle Foundation who are willing and able to provide financial and mental support to myself and other LGBT+ youth, as the obstacles we can face can prevent us from…

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Shae

Shae Maree Nicholson

When I found out about the Pinnacle Foundation I never believed that I could actually be a Scholar, I thought that I would give it a shot and hope. When I completed my interview, I was almost certain that I wasn’t going to get it, many words of doubt rose in my mind and the financial…

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Simon

Simon Byrne

Although I struggled in the first 6 months I stuck with it. But later I saw how fruitful it was because of the work I did in the first 6 months with Lindamood-Bell. I believe that my mentor and the scholarship help me considerably by assuring me I had the skills to make my Year…

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Stefan

Stefan Boyd

During my time at Swinburne I came across the Pinnacle Foundation scholarship program which I’m thrilled to be part of. This scholarship will help to alleviate the financial pressure weighing down on me; such as the cost of groceries, textbooks and student fees. This scholarship will not only help me re-direct my income towards other…

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Stephanie

In 2021 I will begin studying a Master in Science at the University of Queensland (UQ), St Lucia, where I will specialise in applied mathematics.  I completed my undergraduate studies at the UQ graduating in 2018 with degrees in Science (Mathematics) and Secondary Education. Throughout my undergraduate years, I participated in the Mathematics Student Society and UQ Queer Collective. After working…

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Stephanie

I am embarking on my first year of a Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Adelaide.  Over the past five years, I have explored numerous public speaking and Model UN events. My perseverance earned me several leadership positions; from coaching my former debating team to organising Unley GSA’s fundraiser for peer support charity, Bfriend.   Being blessed with significant freedom…

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Sujin

Sujin Jang

In 2020, Sujin Jang (born in 1998, female) has been awarded The Peter Brennan AM and Michael Lynch Scholarship.  Sujin is beginning her fourth year in medicine at the University of New South Wales. Sujin is dedicated to following a career path that will allow her to contribute positively to the status of the LGBTIQ+…

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Suzie

Suzie Day

I am honoured that The Pinnacle Foundation believes in me so much, that they think I am worthy something like this”. One of my referees was one of my lecturers, and when I told her that I had got the scholarship, she replied it was because that they knew that I would one day give…

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Tamasyn

Tamasyn Carman

It is both an honour and a privilege to been named a 2018 Pinnacle Foundation scholar. Foundations like Pinnacle are changing the lives of young LGBT+ people, like myself, across Australia. My scholarship will substantially lessen the financial burden of university study, thereby allowing me to fully dedicate myself to my studies and clinical placements…

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Tamika

Tamika Dartnell-Moore

Receiving the Pinnacle Scholarship for me is an enormous privilege. I am grateful for the Pinnacle Foundation’s support and encouragement of sexually and gender diverse youth, such as myself. This scholarship has taken a large amount of financial stress off my shoulders; so that I can be successful in focusing on achieving my goals in…

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Tanisha

Tanisha Devene

I never thought that I could achieve anything on my own, especially being a young LGBT+ member in an unaccepting society, but now I feel I have security and guidance from the Pinnacle Foundation who have granted me a 2013 scholarship to help me achieve something great in life, to help people and to change…

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Taryn

Taryn Dorrough

Being awarded a Pinnacle scholarship for 2015 has done a great deal to help me achieve my ambitions of tertiary education whilst also providing the social and emotional support of a mentor in my chosen field of study. This scholarship has allowed me to discover and explore Uni life without the stress of study related…

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Tavonga

Tavonga Nzenza-Grant

For the 2020 year, The Duncan Peerman & Paul Zahra Scholarship has been awarded to Tavonga Nzenza-Grant (born 1999, from Victoria).  Tavonga will enter his third year of a Bachelor of Commerce degree at The University of Melbourne. He came to Australia when he was 16 years of age and obtained a scholarship to attend…

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Thomas Drake-Brockman

Thomas Drake-Brockman

Thomas Drake-Brockman (born in 1994, from Western Australia) is a student doctor, emerging medical researcher, and software engineer, focussed on improving the lives of sick and injured children. Thomas will be entering into their final year of the Doctor of Medicine at the University of Western Australia. This follows undergraduate studies in Computer Science and…

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Tilly

Tilly Houghton

Being an LGBTIQ student last year was difficult for everyone – and law school sometimes makes hypothetical situations out of very real and traumatic experiences faced by gender-diverse and same-sex attracted people. I’m an old scholar: thankfully, Pinnacle has made my seventh (and final!) year at university far easier to complete than it would have…

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Troy

Troy Hewitt

Without a doubt the Foundation and my mentor have made a huge difference in my life, both personally and during my education…The mentorship and financial support has allowed me to for fill both my personal and academic aspirations, which I have previously thought to be out of my reach…

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Tyler

Tyler Aves

Being a scholar for the Pinnacle Foundation has not only relieved the financial stress related to university expenses but has increased my motivation to do better with my degree; knowing that I am supported by such an organisation and will have a mentor to provide assistance and direction this upcoming year. It has made me…

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Tynah

Tynah Pearson

The Pinnacle Foundation is a big community that welcomes you with open arms to a safe and caring family. I feel so privileged to be apart of such a wonderful foundation that supports and cares for young LGBT+ people. Having a mentor to talk to and let know about the good and bad times is…

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Tyson

My name is Tyson Crilly, and I have just been accepted as the St. George Foundation Scholarship recipient for 2021 following my recent graduation from high school. I will begin a Bachelor of Science/Arts commencing early 2021 at the University of Queensland, based at their St Lucia campus. I am a trans, bi man who has only…

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Valerie

Valerie Nizette-Wiseman

Having the privilege of being awarded this scholarship means more than words can express. Moving to a different state, far away from everything that I know is a huge and daunting step and knowing that I have the Foundation behind me will allow me to relax and focus during this important and exciting stage of…

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Veronica

Veronica Mason

It is with this profound respect for not only education but also the enhancement of identity, culture, knowledge and lifestyle that I am honoured to be a Pinnacle Foundation Scholar. Being the recipient of such a remarkable scholarship will not only allow me to pursue my dreams, by providing the necessary materials to succeed, but…

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Victor

Morgan Pech

I am incredibly grateful to the Pinnacle team for their consideration and selection of me as a scholar. Having previously received a scholarship whilst undertaking a different course, I’m humbled and proud to have their ongoing support as I figure out what I want to do with my studies. This year I am particularly looking…

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Victor

Morgan Pech

The Pinnacle Foundation Scholarship has enabled me to have a flying start to my year. Not only has the financial support helped alleviate some of the stresses of beginning study, but the confidence I’ve gained in my abilities through the application and mentor process has been invaluable. It is also a huge honour to be…

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Victoria

Victoria Knight

The Pinnacle Foundation has opened so many doors for me that I would not have been able to access without that support. I have been able to combine two vital parts of myself, that of a passionate student as well as a bisexual young person. Thanks to the foundation, I have been able to explore…

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Vincent

Vincent Pearson

I am in my final year of Bachelor of Nursing at Flinders University. I enjoy helping people and the interactions that I have with people.  Nursing to me is more than just a job. It is about helping people and the community.  The scholarship will facilitate my growth as a person.  The mentorship will allow…

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Wade

Wade Goldwyer

I am truly grateful for being awarded a most needed scholarship by the Pinnacle Foundation. It means the world to me and will allow me to pursue my lifelong dream of becoming an Archaeologist (aka. The next Indiana Jones!). Being born and raised in a strictly cultured third world country has allowed me to realise…

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Wesley

In 2021, I’ll be continuing my academic journey into my honours year in psychology at the University of Melbourne.  As a young gay man growing up in rural NSW, I faced a lot of bullying in high school. Along with this, my undiagnosed and untreated attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, anorexia, and anxiety made my teenage years really hard. And while…

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William (he/him)

Hello, my name is William. I am a Bachelor of Arts graduate and started a Juris Doctor at the University of Western Australia in 2021. The course is three years, and my expected completion date is late 2023. I have a keen interest in pursuing a career in the commercial sector, and I am currently…

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William (he/him)

Hello, my name is William. I am currently studying a Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra and just completed my second year so halfway through my four-year degree. I am working towards a major in Astrophysics as this is what I hope to pursue a career in, with…

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Xavier (he/him)

Hello, my name is Xavier, and I am studying a double Bachelors Degree of Law/Business at Swinburne University of Technology at the Hawthorn Campus. I am a third-year student, and I am undertaking a five-year course. I grew up in Regional Victoria in a low socio-economic background with significant wider family challenges including issues of…

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Yianni

Yianni Marinos

I have so much gratitude and I am extremely humbled to be selected as one out of few people to be receiving the 2017 Pinnacle Foundation scholarship. Living in a society that can be at times daunting for LGBT+ youth, It is refreshing to see organisations such as the Pinnacle Foundation aid queer youth like…

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Zachary

Zachary Hayes

I feel very fortunate to have received a scholarship from the Pinnacle Foundation as it will allow me to focus on establishing my career and also focus on my post graduate studies with little financial strain for my upfront education fees. Having a mentor from the industry to offer support and guidance to help me…

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