What level of academic results are acceptable?

You do not need straight A’s or High Distinctions to apply. Of course it helps and we do take into consideration your background and circumstances at the time we assess your scholastic results. We also focus on whether the applicant takes their studies seriously and has consistently shown academic achievement. We are also looking for individuals who have educational potential and want to make a difference in their community. All applicants are evaluated on the totality of their situation including, academic accomplishments, financial, emotional and social need, extracurricular activities, personal circumstances and goals for the future.

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I’m not sure that I would qualify (or identify) as disadvantaged, but I am fairly confident that I have many of the other strengths mentioned (history of leadership and dedication to a field of endeavour). How much is eligibility determined by disadvantage?

Short answer: you should apply since it is an important consideration. Long answer: our Selection Committee weights all the issues we outline on the website. Need, leadership, merit, professional and personal goals are all considered. We want to help those persons who have the greatest need and also have a proven track record of leadership and scholastic achievement.

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Whom do I contact?

We provide detailed information on this website.  However, if there is a question not covered by this information then use email communications.  Email us at (info@thepinnaclefoundation.org).

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My career goals are not exclusively focused on the LGBTIQ. Can I still apply?

You bet!  Pinnacle Foundation selects scholars who it believes will make a contribution to the LGBTIQ community, directly or indirectly. Some scholars will choose a career that is focused on the LGBTIQ community most will use their skills and influence to support the community, while not working full time on LGBTIQ issues.  Talent and a drive to contribute are key characteristics of a Pinnacle Scholar.

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Do I have to be openly LGBTIQ with my family to qualify for a scholarship?

There is no formal requirement that you be ‘out’ to apply, but you should be aware that we will evaluate your leadership skills, abilities and dedications to the LGBTIQ community and if selected as a Pinnacle Scholar you will be required to submit your photo and biography for publication and be willing to occasionally attend and speak publicly at our events.

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What do I have to do once I am selected as a Pinnacle Scholar?

We will give you a contract to sign and return to us before any funds are transferred.  The contract is an agreement, a commitment by both of us that you will keep the mentor meetings (in person or by phone), achieve very good half yearly results, will support Pinnacle’s vision, be willing to occasionally speak publicly at pinnacle events and provide Pinnacle with official education notifications.

A Mentor will be provided to periodically discuss issues and outcomes with you over the academic year.  Wherever possible this mentor will have a background in the discipline/field you have selected to study.  You should feel free to contact your Mentor to talk through any issue or concerns which arise.

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Do I have to be LGBTIQ to apply?

Yes, you must identify as LGBTIQ, and further, have a history of or capacity to participate in the LGBTIQ community or be able to demonstrate that you plan to be a LGBTIQ leader in the future.

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I am an applicant and have not heard from Pinnacle. Will you please let me know if you received my application?

Receipt of your application will be acknowledged by us as quickly as possible. The Foundation will then either inform you that you have been selected for interview or that you have been unsuccessful this year.

The Foundation will not confirm receipt of any additional information you provide, so we recommend you use a delivery confirmation and tracking system, such as Australia Post registered mail so you know your information has arrived safely.

Your application is not complete until all additional information we requested has been received by us.

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How do I apply?

The application form can be downloaded from this site. Once completed by you it must be forwarded to the email address within the specified time.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to have their own email address to facilitate quick, efficient communications. Free email address can be easily obtained on the internet at websites such as Hotmail.

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When are the application deadlines?

All applications must be submitted by 15 October. Short listed candidates will be contacted by November, and if you cannot attend an interview in person free telephone/video connection will be arranged with Pinnacle Foundation’s Selection Committee, no later than the end of November (at a location to be determined but within the state where the candidate lives). A final decision will be made in December for Secondary applicants and January for Tertiary applicants once all academic results and placement offers have been made. A public announcement will be made in February. Unsuccessful candidates will be notified no later that the end of January.

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What is the selection process?

The selection process aligns with the academic year. Applications close 1 October and short listed candidates are identified for interview in November with the winners of the scholarship being informed by the end of the December subject to the placement offer being made.
The Selection Committee’s deliberations are guided by criteria. The Application Form addresses each part of these criteria.
Most importantly, applicants need to identify as Lesbians, Gay, Queer, Bisexual, Intersex or Transgender. The Committee gives preference to these candidates who as a result of personal or social circumstances face significant challenges which has affected or could affect their ability to complete their education.
The Committee also considers whether the applicant is:
• A serious consistent student who has shown scholastic achievement during their academic year;
• Is able to demonstrate a commitment to completing the education course they are undertaking’
• Demonstrates leadership skills, excellent scholastic achievement and wants to make a difference in the world, and
• Shows pride in and dedication to the LGBTIQ community.
Your application should only be completed once you have read the application form. Applicants who complete the documentation fully will be considered for short listing with an interview conducted either late in November or early December.

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What Expenses does the Scholarship cover and how much money can I get?

Pinnacle Scholarship covers a variety of expenses including (but not limited to) approved educational institution fees inc. tuition fees where HECS is not available. The Scholarship can also cover the cost of text books, professional membership or student union fees, professional tools of trade, uniform, lap top computer and printer expenses. Cost of living expenses including rent are not covered but public transport costs maybe.

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What kinds of education are covered?

You can apply whether you are entering your HSC or year 12 at public or private secondary school, going to TAFE or seeking a tertiary degree, irrespective if you are or propose to attend on a part or full time basis.

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Who qualifies for a Pinnacle Scholarship?

You do not need straight A’s or High Distinctions to apply. Of course it helps, but we do focus on whether the applicant takes their studies seriously and has consistently shown academic achievement. We are also looking for individuals who have proven leadership skills, educational potential and want to make a difference in their community. All applicants are evaluated on the totality of their situation including, academic accomplishments, financial, emotional and social need, extracurricular activities, personal circumstances and goals for the future.

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