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. The grant will sit alongside and complement other government funding rather than duplicate it.

The Scholarship will under certain conditions cover such vital needs as the cost of tuition fees or dues to an approved educational institution, laptop, textbooks, uniforms, professional membership or student union fees, professional tools of trade and public transport concession passes.

The Scholarship is not designed to support expenses such as pocket money, or other personal expenses not directly related to their studies.

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 favourably consider such a request from the Scholar.

Importantly, payments will be made directly to educational institutions and other suppliers of goods and services. This is so recipients can get on with learning and not get bogged down in paying bills. Plus, as a charity, we might be able to do some good deals with suppliers.


Selection Criteria

The Scholarship is open to anyone who…

  • Is an Australian citizen of at least 16 upto 24 years of age at the time the scholarship is awarded;
  • Is a permanent resident of Australia;
  • Identifies as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Intersex or Transgender and, as 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
  • In the opinion of the Selection Committee:
    • Takes their studies seriously and has shown academic achievement during their years at school; and
    • Can demonstrate their commitment to completing Year 12 , a tertiary degree or vocational training;
    • Demonstrates leadership skills, has good academic results and wants to make a difference in the world; and
    • Is proud to stand up for the LGBTIQ rights and is dedicated to the LGBTIQ community.

Beneficiary Prospectus

In making a decision for awarding the Scholarship, Pinnacle has a Selection Committee that can choose a Scholarship recipient who…

  • 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, LGBTIQ 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;
  • Has a capacity for problem-solving;
  • Shows leadership qualities and an optimistic, enterprising attitude.

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 are now open for 2014 and close on the 1st of October, 2013. To apply for a Pinnacle Foundation scholarship you need to comply with the selection criteria , and then fill in the application form.

Download Application Form

Download Reference Request

Once completed, your application can be emailed to:

Any enquiries regarding your application, or trouble getting it to us, you should contact us at: or call us on 02 9990 4708

Although applications for 2013 have closed, we may consider mid-year or late applications if you have a good reason.

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