Applying for a Scholarship

Applications open in July and close October 1st each year,  for studies taken in the following 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 create an account when clicking on the application form which will enable you to save your application and return at another time.

The Pinnacle Foundation provides Scholarships for 17-26 year old LGBT+ students 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.

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.

Special Scholarships

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’re able to offer the following special scholarships:

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia is proud to be a part of The Pinnacle Foundation, and will continue to be a long-standing supporter of community activities and organisations.

This support is directed at a broad range of activities that bring long term benefits to all Australians and reflect community activities and organisations.

Areas of particular emphasis include education, medical, youth, science and technology, the arts and the environment. In education, the Commonwealth Bank’s aim is to develop financial literacy, especially for youth, as well as online learning. The Commonwealth Bank looks to support educational programs which provide professional and credible learning activities.

In line with their vision to excel at securing and enhancing the financial wellbeing of our people, businesses & communities, the Commonwealth Bank will be offering annual scholarships with mentor support available to student applicants. To learn more about this program, see the Start Smart program.

Named Scholarships

The Clark Walton Pinnacle Scholarship

is offered in memory of Clark Walton for students studying architecture, design and planning or visual and creative arts at either TAFE or University level. Read more about Clark.

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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 Brian Terrence Reilly Pinnacle Scholarship

The Brian Terrence Reilly Pinnacle Scholarship for two students undertaking a University Bachelor degree in any discipline at an approved tertiary institution.

The Paul Zahra Pinnacle Scholarship

The Paul Zahra Pinnacle Scholarship for a meritorious student completing undergrad or post-grad studies in business or commerce.

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The Selig Family Pinnacle Scholarship

The Selig Family Pinnacle Scholarship is a named scholarship open to all Pinnacle Scholarship Applicants.

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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.

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The James Collins & Tony Nelson Scholarship

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

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The Andrew Staite Scholarship

The Andrew Staite Scholarship is for high potential gay males based in Victoria in the fields of liberal arts, visual or performing arts, or commerce.

The SHK Asia Pacific Scholarship

The SHK Asia Pacific Scholarship for a meritorious student who identifies as Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual who is undertaking a commercially orientated degree, and who has grown up and studying in Victoria

The Reg Holloway
Scholarship

The Reg Holloway Scholarship is named to honour a man who has been a long-term supporter of the LGBT+ community, and is open to a student wishing to pursue a career in music.

The QBE Foundation
Scholarship

The QBE Foundation Scholarship – a named scholarship open to all Pinnacle scholars.

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.

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The John Goldbaum
Scholarship

The John Goldbaum Scholarship is a named scholarship open to all Pinnacle Scholarship Applicants.

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The Peter Brennan & 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 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 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 LGBTI+ movement and honour its heroes. The scholarship is 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.

Selection Criteria

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 (1 October each year);
  • Is a permanent resident of Australia;
  • Identifies as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex or Queer and because of this:
  • Has personal or social circumstances which provide significant challenges to the person completing their education; or
  • Has been marginalised due to sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression; and
  • Is a serious, consistent student who has shown scholastic achievement during the student’s school years;
  • 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);
  • has achieved acceptable scholastic results given their background and circumstances; and,
  • demonstrates pride in and dedication to the LGBT+ 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, LGBT+ 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; and
  • shows leadership qualities and an innovative, enterprising attitude; and
  • can meet any specific requirements set by the named scholarship donor.

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