Scholarships will be provided for young LGBTIQ who desire to undertake full-time education at a public or private secondary school (final year) or public institution of higher education in Australia. It will be for the purpose of gaining an educational or vocational qualification in any profession, trade or the arts.

Scholarships will be granted for a period of one year. However, an existing Scholarship holder is entitled to reapply for the Scholarship should they comply with goals enshrined in The Pinnacle Foundation (Criteria and Process) Policy.  If during the course of full time studies exceptional circumstances arise which require a Scholar to reduce study load the Foundation will favorably consider such a request from the Scholar.

The Scholarship funds are accessed by way of a debit card loaded with the scholarship amount. The administrators of the Foundation are able to monitor expenditure to ensure that it is primarily in accordance with the proposed expenditure set out in the application.

The Foundation has two scholarships available in 2015:

The Pinnacle Foundation Scholarship of $3000 for the first year of tertiary studies and $2000 for subsequent years. For Year 12 students the scholarship amount is $2000; and

Sponsored and Named Scholarships $5,000 for first year of tertiary studies and $3000 for subsequent years.

The Scholarship is paid directly to the Scholar. The intention of the scholarship is to mainly cover expenses associated with their studies, for example, the cost of tuition fees or dues to an approved educational institution, laptop and printer, textbooks, printing and stationary, uniforms, professional membership or student union fees, professional tools of trade and public transport concession passes are all acceptable expenses. Named Scholarships also allow for expenses necessary for the well being of the applicant.

Special Scholarships

These Scholarships are highly prized by students and valued by the 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 has requested.  For 2015 we offer the following special scholarships:

Sponsored Scholarship:

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia Pinnacle Scholarships for students studying a Commerce, Banking or Business related degree at any approved tertiary institution. A total of eight scholarships can be awarded nationally with one scholarship allocated to each State and Territory.  Wherever possible a CBA employee will also be assigned as mentor to each recipient.

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​

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 Wild Pinnacle Scholarship for Marketing studies at an approved tertiary institution.

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

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


Selection Criteria

Both Scholarships are open to anyone who…

  1. Is an Australian citizen of at least 16 upto 24 years of age at the time the scholarship is awarded;
  2. Is a permanent resident of Australia;
  3. Identifies as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Intersex or Transgender and, as because of this:
  4. Has personal or social circumstances which provide significant challenges to the person completing their education; or
  5. Has been marginalised due to sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression; and
  6. is a serious consistent student who has shown scholastic achievement during the student’s school years;
  7. 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);
  8. has achieved acceptable scholastic results given their background and circumstances; and,
  9. demonstrates pride in and dedication to the LGBTIQ community.


For Sponsored or Named Scholarships the following additional selection criteria is applied:

  1. demonstrates the potential to have a positive social impact as a result of being awarded the Scholarship;
  2. has an active interest in extra-curricular activities including, but not limited to, LGBTIQ causes, sport, music, a trade and/or the arts;
  3. demonstrates social and political awareness;
  4. is able to demonstrate a character of resilience, independence, courage and determination;
  5. is able to focus on a goal and show a tenacious attitude in achieving that goal; and
  6. shows leadership qualities and an innovative, enterprising attitude; and
  7. can meet any specific requirements set by the named scholarship donor.

Equity in Grants Policy

Unfortunately those who need grants and scholarships the most can’t always access the information, nor do they have the resources to apply. Knowing where to access such funding opportunities, making inquiries and completing applications can be a daunting task for some LGBTIQ students. We recognise that the students most likely to have difficulty will probably come from strong ethnic and indigenous backgrounds, are disabled or live in rural areas.

We all know that urban-based gay men are much more organized in terms of communication channels and support systems, however, rural-based gay men and lesbians generally may be less aware of the existence of our program and some will struggle with our scholarship application process.

To ensure that there is reasonable representation amongst applicants and grant scholars from these sub-groups in our community we promise the following:

  • When organising public functions/events, Pinnacle will approach key representation groups from the sub-sectors identified above to ensure their participation and engagement;
  • When promoting our scholarship, Pinnacle will not only use mainstream communication channels such as dedicated LGBTIQ avenues but will also use minority communications channels such as dedicated Aboriginal, foreign language and rural outlets, including internet sites, radio and television and the print medium;
  • To improve communication take-up by various outlets, Pinnacle will (if required) organize communications in specific languages (targeted);
  • Pinnacle will provide assistance for any candidate (from the groups listed above) who does not feel confident in completing an application by them;
  • In short-listing candidates, the Chair of our Selection Committee will:
    • Ensure that members declare any conflict of interest in relation to applications received. A potential conflict may arise from the fact that a committee member has met or had discussions with the applicant or has received representations from someone else or the applicant’s behalf. The Chair of the Selection Committee will determine if the relevant committee member abstains from discussing the candidate’s application and/or voting on it;
    • Prior to finalizing the short-list, they will review rejected applications from the above sub-groups to ensure that these applications have been given sufficient considerations. The final decision by the Selection Committee will continue to be made on merit and in accordance with Section 8.2 of the Constitution and Section 7 of its Policy 2008 document;
  • The Board will undertake best efforts to find a Mentor with a similar demographic profile if the successful candidate seeks such a Mentor.

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Apply for a Scholarship

Applications close every year on the 1st October 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 fill in the application form.

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