Disadvantaged LGBTIQ students can apply now for The Pinnacle Foundation’s 2017 academic scholarships.
The scholarships allow high school and tertiary students to access up to $3000 per year to spend on study-related and well-being expenses such as computers, stationary, text books, uniforms and medication.
The Pinnacle Foundation started in 2010 with the aim of helping LGBTIQ students to “create the lives they dream of” so they can act as future role models.
The scholarships cover a range of academic disciplines including Arts, Sciences, Architecture, Teaching, Social Work and Fashion Design.
Applications are open to students aged 16 to 24 and close on October 1. To see the selection criteria and to apply, visit the Pinnacle Foundation website.
"This girl right here made the massive mistake of falling in love with a girl, instead of a boy. The ‘you are our child, we love you & being gay is okay’ moment never came for me, & the sentiments left in place left me completely crushed & broken. Before I really knew what was happening I found myself without a place to call home, only what I could jam into a beat up old Mazda 121 (bugger all) & a heartbreaking & mentally crushing conviction of what a failure I was. The next two years were filled with 16 hour days waitressing two jobs, battling to make ends meet & mostly failing uni. I didn't have a computer for uni & barely made classes. I was exhausted, isolated, depressed, anxious, & had little self-worth. If it weren't for The Pinnacle Foundation providing me with one of their scholarships, I wouldn't have been able to complete my education. I think the likelihood that I would be here at all if Pinnacle hadn't stepped in is fairly slim – I was almost at breaking point & was teetering on the edge of a very dark place when Pinnacle jumped in & gave me back some hope. The scholarship gave my life direction & purpose again. My scholarship paid for a laptop, for physics tutoring & work boots, & provided me with textbooks. I was lucky enough to have Pinnacle sponsor me a second year, for the final year of my degree, and that year I was even able to afford doctor visits and to seek counselling services. I even graduated. But most cherished were the gifts that most students take for granted; encouragement, emotional support, financial stability & especially hope. I graduated happy, confident & finally at peace with the human that I am. A few years ago I never believed that I would finish uni. Now, I have a Bachelor, am partway through postgraduate studies, & scored a highly competitive position in my dream job, all while being a raging homo (just kidding, I don't rage). I still can’t believe the happiness I have been capable of. Pinnacle gave me self-worth, the means to embrace my future & become someone of value, & I will be forever grateful.” Ash Mellows #scholaralumni #pinnaclepeople