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The Pinnacle Foundation

Education & mentoring support for young LGBTQIA+ Australians

Founded in 2007, The Pinnacle Foundation is Australia's LGBTQIA+ education charity. Our flagship program provides educational scholarships, mentoring and opportunities to young LGBTQIA+ Australians to realise their full potential.

Our vision is for a more diverse and inclusive society with visible LGBTQIA+ role models.

The Foundation awards multi-year scholarships nationally to students aged between 18 and 26 for fulltime study at public higher education institutions in Australia to achieve educational or vocational qualifications in any profession, trade or the arts.

Scholarship applications open on 1 July and close on 31 August each year, with scholarships awarded in December.

Every Pinnacle scholar is carefully matched with a mentor who will typically share the same academic and professional interests, gender identity and sexual orientation. The mentor acts as a role model. They will have walked the scholar's path - and provide the encouragement, counsel and inspiration to support the scholar's rounded development and successful completion of their studies.

Additionally, scholars and alumni receive opportunities through the wider Pinnacle "family".


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