Applications are now open and close September 15th, for studies taken in the 2020 calendar year. To apply for a Pinnacle Foundation scholarship you need to comply with the selection criteria, and then complete our online application form.
Please note that if you wish to save your application and return in another session you will be given a URL to save.
The Pinnacle Foundation provides Scholarships for students between the ages of 17-26, who are planning to study full-time education at a public or private secondary school (final year) or public institution of higher education in Australia, for the purpose of gaining an educational or vocational qualification in any profession, trade or the arts.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate that because of their gender identity, sexual orientation or sexual characteristics they have been prevented or hindered from achieving their academic aspirations.
Pinnacle Foundation Scholarship
Pinnacle Scholarships awarded to students in their first year of study are $5,000
Pinnacle scholarships awarded to returning scholars, or new Pinnacle Scholars, but in subsequent years of study, is $4,000
Sponsored & Named Scholarships
Named scholarships awarded to students in their first year of study is $7,000
Named Scholarships awarded to returning scholars or new Pinnacle Scholars, but in subsequent years of study, is $5,000
Multi – Year Scholarships
All Scholarships will be renewed on a multi-year basis, subject to the scholar satisfying certain condtions such as excellent attendance record, strong academic performance, a positive mentor review, and having a positive contribution to The Pinnacle Foundation Community.
These Scholarships are highly prized by students, and valued by our Foundation since they represent an outstanding opportunity to succeed, thanks to the generosity of specific donors. The Scholarships are generally of a higher value, and available to students who undertake specific courses, attend a particular University or are undertaking a specific standard of study such as Bachelor or Masters degrees. There may be other requirements which the Donor or Sponsors has requested.
With thanks to our very generous Corporate Sponsors & Cornerstone Donors, we will be able to offer the following special scholarships in 2020:
The Commonwealth Bank of Australia is a proud and long-standing partner of The Pinnacle Foundation. The Commonwealth Bank supports a broad range of activities that bring long term benefits to all Australians.
Commonwealth Bank Scholarships are awarded in every state in Australia, with particular emphasis on education, medical, youth, science, technology, the arts, and the environment.
In May 2019, BHP announced its multi-year support for The Pinnacle Foundation. BHP is committed to contributing to society through engagement and advocacy on important issues and by supporting targeted development areas to benefit the communities where it operates.
BHP will provide three named scholarships for a period of three years, one for each of its major operating areas in Queensland, South Australia, and Western Australia.
AGL operates the country’s largest electricity generation portfolio and is the largest ASX-listed investor in renewable energy. It is committed to LGBTIQ+ inclusion.
AGL has confirmed its multi-year support for The Pinnacle Foundation. The AGL Scholarship will be awarded to a student from the Latrobe Valley region of Victoria.
King & Wood Mallesons is a leading international law firm headquartered in Asia. It is recognised as one of the world’s most innovative law firms.
King & Wood Mallesons has confirmed its multi-year support for The Pinnacle Foundation. The King & Wood Mallesons Scholarship will be awarded to a student studying law.
We welcome the general insurance company, QBE Group, for its fourth year of support of The Pinnacle Foundation. As part of its commitment to encouraging diversity and inclusion, QBE supports community initiatives that promote acceptance and opportunity for vulnerable and under-represented groups.
QBE Scholarships do not have special conditions and are open to all potential Pinnacle scholars.
SHK is an Asia Pacific executive search and outplacement firm. It is a long-standing champion of diversity and inclusion.
Through its multi-year sponsorship of The Pinnacle Foundation, SHK will once again support a scholar, studying in Victoria, for a commercially oriented degree.
The Clark Walton Pinnacle Scholarship
This scholarship is offered in memory of Clark Walton for students studying architecture, design, planning or visual and creative arts at either TAFE or University level.
The Manikay Partners Pinnacle Scholarship
The Manikay Partners Pinnacle Scholarship for a student coming from rural or regional areas in Australia studying in a Finance or related field at an Australian University.
The Darryl Wilde Pinnacle Scholarship
The Darryl Wilde Pinnacle Scholarship for Marketing studies at an approved tertiary institution.
The Snow Foundation Pinnacle Scholarship
The Snow Foundation Pinnacle Scholarship for a student studying or living in ACT/Canberra Region undertaking a course at an approved tertiary institution.
The Tom Snow Scholarship
The Tom Snow Scholarship is a named scholarship open to all Pinnacle Scholarship Applicants.
The Pippa Downes Pinnacle Scholarship
The Pippa Downes Pinnacle Scholarship for an athlete competing or training at the national level and aspiring to represent Australia, whilst also pursuing their full-time academic goals in any tertiary faculty or discipline.
The Paul Zahra Pinnacle Scholarship
The Paul Zahra Pinnacle Scholarship for a meritorious student completing undergrad or post-grad studies in business or commerce.
The Selig Family Pinnacle Scholarship
The Selig Family Pinnacle Scholarship is a named scholarship open to all Pinnacle Scholarship Applicants.
The Dr Craig White & Rod Anderson Tasmanian Scholarship
The Dr Craig White & Rod Anderson Tasmanian Scholarship for a resident Tasmanian undertaking post-secondary vocational education (other than via an apprenticeship) or is the ‘first in the family’ to attend university.
The James Collins & Tony Nelson Scholarship
The James Collins and Tony Nelson Scholarship for students keen to pursue studies in Science, Digital or Aviation.
The Andrew Staite Scholarship
The Andrew Staite Scholarship is for high potential scholars based in Victoria in the fields of liberal arts, visual or performing arts, or commerce.
The Greg Livingstone Scholarship
The Greg Livingstone Scholarship is available to scholars demonstrating a passion and commitment to sustainability in its broadest context. Fields of study might include (but not be limited to) environmental sciences, agriculture, architecture, economics, business or the arts.
The Reg Holloway Scholarship
The Reg Holloway Scholarship is named to honour a man who has been a long-term supporter of the LGBTIQ+ community, and is open to a student wishing to pursue a career in music.
The Peter Brennan AM & Michael Lynch Scholarship
The Peter Brennan and Michael Lynch Scholarship is a named scholarship open to students studying at The University of Western Sydney.
The Shelley Argent OAM Scholarship
This scholarship is named to honour the tireless work of LGBTIQ+ activist and philanthropist, Shelley Argent OAM. Shelley has committed her life to improving the rights of the LGBTIQ+ community and was a long term campaigner in the marriage equality movement. The scholarship is open to any student studying at a Brisbane educational facility.
The John Goldbaum Scholarship
The John Goldbaum Scholarship is a named scholarship open to all Pinnacle Scholarship Applicants.
The Ros & Diana Coffey Scholarship
The Ros and Diana Coffey Scholarship is a named scholarship open to all Pinnacle Scholarship applicants.
The Bill Chambers Scholarship
The Bill Chambers Scholarship is a named scholarship open to all Pinnacle Scholarship Applicants.
The Harvey Milk Scholarship
The Harvey Milk Scholarship is funded by an anonymous donor to honour gay rights activist and visionary Harvey Milk. The donor, a student of history, wishes to ensure that we remember the history of the LGBTIQ+ movement and honour its heroes. The scholarship is open to all Pinnacle Scholarship Applicants.
The Frank Ford AM and Sam Harvey Scholarship
This scholarship has been created by Sam Harvey in memory of his late partner, Frank Ford AM. Frank was Head of Drama at Adelaide University, Founding Chair of the Adelaide Festival Fringe organisation, and Founder of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Sam managed arts organisations. This scholarship is open to students from South Australia who are studying performing arts, technical theatre or arts management in South Australia.
The Maurice Joyce Scholarship
The Maurice Joyce Scholarship is funded by Alan Joyce AC and Shane Lloyd in memory of Alan’s late father, Maurice Joyce. Mr Joyce was a firm believer in the importance of education in opening up the possibilities in a person’s future and enabling them to fully reach their potential. The Maurice Joyce scholarship is open to all Pinnacle Scholarship applicants who are studying in the fields of science or mathematics.
The Murray J. Collins – The City Gardener Scholarship
This scholarship is funded by Rob Grant in memory of his late partner, Murray J. Collins. Murray grew up in country Victoria. For many years, Murray and Rob ran a highly successful business, The City Gardener. This scholarship is open to students from country Victoria. Ideally, they will seek to study in the fields of agriculture, horticulture or landscape design.
The Tea Uglow Scholarship
The Tea Uglow Scholarship is open to trans students who lack family support.
All Scholarships are open to anyone who meet the following criteria:
- Is an Australian citizen of at least 17 up to 26 years of age at the time the Scholarships applications close (September 15)
- Is a permanent resident of Australia
- Has because of their gender identity, sexual orientation or characteristics been prevented or hindered from completing their education
- Is a serious, consistent student who has achieved acceptable scholastic results given their background and circumstances
- Is able to demonstrate a commitment to completing Year 12 of the student’s secondary education, a tertiary degree or vocational training (as the case may be), and
- demonstrates pride in and dedication to the LGBTIQ+ community.
For Sponsored/Named Scholarships additional selection criteria is applied:
- demonstrates the potential to have a positive social impact as a result of being awarded the Scholarship
- has an active interest in extra-curricular activities including, but not limited to, LGBTIQ+ causes, sport, music, a trade and/or the arts
- demonstrates social and political awareness
is able to demonstrate a character of resilience, independence, courage and determination
- is able to focus on a goal and show a tenacious attitude in achieving that goal,
- shows leadership qualities and an innovative, enterprising attitude, and
- can meet any specific requirements set by the named scholarship donor.