Applying for a Scholarship

We provide educational scholarships, mentoring and opportunities for young LGBTIQ+ Australians to realise their full potential and overcome challenges arising from their identity.

The Pinnacle Foundation provides scholarships for students between the ages of 17 and 26, who are planning to study full-time education at a public institution of higher education in Australia, for the purpose of gaining an educational or vocational qualification in any profession, trade or the arts.

Pinnacle Foundation Scholarships

Pinnacle Scholarships awarded to students in their first year of study are valued at $5,000.

Pinnacle Scholarships awarded to returning scholars, or new Pinnacle Scholars but in subsequent years of study, are valued at $4,000.

Named Pinnacle Foundation Scholarships

Named Pinnacle Scholarships awarded to students in their first year of study are valued at $7,000.

Named Pinnacle Scholarships awarded to returning scholars, or new Pinnacle Scholars but in subsequent years of study, are valued at $5,000.

Multi – Year Scholarships

Scholarships are granted on a multi-year basis, subject to the scholar continuing to satisfy the eligibility and selection criteria, and demonstrating an excellent attendance record, acceptable academic performance, a positive Mentor review, and having made a positive contribution to The Pinnacle Foundation community.

FOUNDATION PARTNER NAMED SCHOLARSHIPS

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.

BHP announced its multi-year support for The Pinnacle Foundation in 2019. 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 provides three Named Scholarships, 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 announced its multi-year support for The Pinnacle Foundation in 2019. The AGL Scholarship is awarded to a student from the La Trobe Valley region of Victoria.

Allens is a leading international law firm with a long and proud heritage of shaping the future for its clients, people and the communities in which the firm works.

Allens announced its multi-year support for The Pinnacle Foundation in 2020. The Allens Scholarship is awarded to a student studying law.

The Bibbulmun Fund aims to open new possibilites for Aboriginal enterprise and foster entrepreneurial leadership. It supports regionally relevant initiatives that facilitate positive impact throughout Aboriginal Australia. The Bibbulmun Fund is held in trust by the Fremantle Foundation.

The Bibbulmun Fund Scholarship is awarded to a student from an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background.

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 announced its multi-year support for The Pinnacle Foundation in 2019. The King & Wood Mallesons Scholarship is awarded to a student studying law.

For more than a century, L’Oreal has devoted its energy and competencies to one business: beauty. L’Oreal embraces beauty for all.

In 2020, L’Oreal made a multi-year commitment to support The Pinnacle Foundation. The L’Oreal Scholarship is open to all scholarship applicants.

We welcome general insurance company, QBE Group, for its fifth year supporting 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.

The QBE Scholarship is open to all scholarship applicants.

SHK is an Asia Pacific executive search and outplacement firm. It is a long-standing champion of diversity and inclusion.

SHK announced its multi-year support for The Pinnacle Foundation in 2018. The SHK Scholarship is awarded to a student studying in a commercial discipline in Victoria.

The St.George Foundation supports community organisations to improve the lives of Australian youth who are physically, socially or economically disadvantaged.

The St.George Foundation has been a long-term partner of The Pinnacle Foundation. The St.George Foundation Scholarship is open to all scholarship applicants.

NAMED SCHOLARSHIPS

The Alan Joyce AC & Shane Lloyd Scholarship

The Alan Joyce AC & Shane Lloyd Scholarship is open to all Pinnacle scholarship applicants.

The Allan Howard Scholarship

The Allan Howard Scholarship is open to Pinnacle scholarship applicants from rural or regional Australia.

The Andrew Staite Scholarship

The Andrew Staite Scholarship is open to all Pinnacle scholarship applicants.

The Australian Marriage Equality Scholarship

This scholarship was created through an enduring impact grant from AME, and will be awarded in perpetuity to celebrate the achievement of marriage equality and the efforts of so many to get us there. It will be awarded annually, ideally to an Indigenous or Torres Strait Islander scholar or a scholar from rural, regional or remote Australia.

The Berg Family Foundation Scholarship

The Berg Family Foundation Scholarship is open to eligible applicants who are Indigenous or first in family to undertake higher education from rural or remote Australia.

The Bill Chambers Scholarship

The Bill Chambers Scholarship is open to all Pinnacle scholarship applicants.

The Clark Walton Scholarship

The Clark Walton Scholarship is for a student studying architecture, design, planning or visual and creative arts at either TAFE or university level.

The Dr Craig White & Rod Anderson Scholarship

The Dr Craig White & Rod Anderson Scholarship is for Tasmanian Pinnacle scholarship applicants who are first in family to attend university.

The Darryl Wild Scholarship

The Darryl Wild Scholarship is for a student studying Marketing at an approved tertiary institution.

The Duncan Peerman & Paul Zahra Scholarship

The Duncan Peerman & Paul Zahra Scholarship is open to all Pinnacle scholarship applicants.

The Frank Ford AM and Sam Harvey Scholarship

The Frank Ford AM and Sam Harvey Scholarship is open to students from South Australia who are studying performing arts, technical theatre or arts management in South Australia.

The Greg Livingstone Scholarship

The Greg Livingstone Scholarship is open to all Pinnacle scholarship applicants.

The Harvey Milk Scholarship

The Harvey Milk Scholarship is open to all Pinnacle scholarship applicants.

The James Collins & Tony Nelson Scholarship

The James Collins and Tony Nelson Scholarship is for a student keen to pursue studies in Science, Digital or Aviation.

The John Goldbaum Scholarship

The John Goldbaum Scholarship is open to all Pinnacle scholarship applicants.

The Maurice Joyce Scholarship

The Maurice Joyce Scholarship is open to all Pinnacle scholarship applicants who are studying in the fields of science or mathematics.

The Michael Gorman Scholarship

The Michael Gorman Scholarship is open to all Pinnacle scholarship applicants.

The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG Scholarship

The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG Scholarship is open to Pinnacle scholarship applicants studying law.

The Murray J. Collins – The City Gardener Scholarship

The Murray J. Collins – the City Gardener Scholarship is open to students from country Victoria. Ideally, they will seek to study in the fields of agriculture, horticulture or landscape design.

The Peter Brennan AM & Michael Lynch Scholarship (No. 1)

The Peter Brennan AM and Michael Lynch Scholarship (No. 1) is open to students ideally studying at The University of Western Sydney.

The Peter Brennan AM & Michael Lynch Scholarship (No. 2)

The Peter Brennan AM and Michael Lynch Scholarship (No. 2) is open to students ideally who have grown up in Western Sydney.

The Pippa Downes Scholarship

The Pippa Downes Scholarship is for an athlete competing or training at the national level and aspiring to represent Australia whilst also pursuing their full-time academic goals, or for an Indigenous student.

The Reg Holloway Scholarship

The Reg Holloway Scholarship is open to a student wishing to pursue a career in music.

The Ros & Diana Coffey Scholarship

The Ros and Diana Coffey Scholarship is open to all Pinnacle scholarship applicants.

The Selig Family Scholarship

The Selig Family Scholarship is open to all Pinnacle scholarship applicants.

The Shelley Argent OAM Scholarship

This scholarship is open to any student studying at a Brisbane educational facility.

The Snow Foundation Scholarship

The Snow Foundation Scholarship is for a student studying or living in the ACT/Canberra Region and undertaking a course at an approved tertiary institution.

The Tea Uglow Scholarship

The Tea Uglow Scholarship is open to trans students who lack family support.

The Tom Snow Scholarship

The Tom Snow Scholarship is open to all Pinnacle scholarship applicants.

The Dr Vinay Kumar Scholarship

The Dr Vinay Kumar Scholarship is awarded to gay cis male students studying either medicine or a performing arts discipline.

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

Eligibility criteria:

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

  • Australian citizen or permanent resident (proof required during application stage)
  • At least 17 years of age, and younger than 27 years of age, on the day of closure of applications (15 September)
  • Identify as a member of the LGBTIQ+ community
  • Have achieved good or reasonable scholastic results given your circumstances
  • Will be undertaking full-time studies.

Selection criteria:

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

  • Have faced, and attempted to overcome, challenges because of your identity and/or sexual orientation and/or sexual characteristics
  • Have personal or social circumstances which may hinder completion of your education. Personal and social circumstances may include whether you are first in family to attend a tertiary institution, identify as being from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, are from a non-English speaking background, have been in foster care, have been homeless, or were raised or live(d) in a regional, rural or remote area of Australia
  • Can demonstrate sufficient motivation to complete a course or the remaining years of a course (as the case may be) of full-time study and demonstrate an understanding of the rigors of academic life
  • Are clear about where your studies may take your career; and
  • Are proud to be a part of a diverse Australian community, including with respect to gender identity, sexual orientation and sexual characteristics.

Named Scholarships:

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

  • Self-awareness, courage and determination
  • Problem solving capacity and initiative
  • Social and political awareness
  • Involved in extra-curricular activities including, but not limited to, causes related to the LGBTIQ+ community, politics, sport, music, a trade and/or the arts; and
  • Fulfil any specific requirements set by the Named Scholarship donor.

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