The Point Foundation for LGBT students will begin accepting scholarship applications on Nov. 1 for 2014-15.
LGBTQ STUDENTS FACING TUITION CHALLENGES
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Point Foundation, the Largest LGBTQ Scholarship Provider, Accepting Applications as of Nov. 1
Los Angeles, October 15, 2013 – Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students seeking financial help for their undergraduate or graduate school education can take action by applying for a Point Foundation Scholarship. Point is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit. While most students today face daunting monetary challenges as they weigh their educational options, nearly one-third of LGBTQ students drop out of high school. This figure is three times the national average according to a Lambda Legal report.
To serve this population, Point Foundation has invested more than $15 million in education and support of 243 scholars since 2001. Students who will be enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs for the 2014-2015 academic year are eligible to apply for Point Foundation’s esteemed, multiyear scholarship. Point’s application process opens online November 1, 2013.
“Attaining a college education remains a worthy goal and sound investment toward a better future for millions of Americans, many of whom – like the 38 percent of Point’s 2013 scholar class – will be the first-generation of their family to go to college,” said Jorge Valencia, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Point Foundation. “Year after year we receive thousands of applications for Point Scholarships from deserving LGBTQ students who need support to improve their lives by getting a higher education degree.”
Applicants may submit Part I of the application until 11:59 p.m. PST on January 21, 2014. Point will then invite qualified applicants to submit Part II of the application, which will open November 2, 2013 and remain so until 11:59 p.m. PST, February 3, 2014.
Applications are only accepted online at www.pointfoundation.org/apply.
Point’s rigorous selection process for awarding scholarships requires that candidates demonstrate academic excellence, leadership skills, community involvement and financial need. Attention is also paid to students who have lost the financial and social support of their families and/or communities as a result of revealing their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Point announced the selection of 26 new scholarship recipients in June 2013, bringing the total number of students currently receiving financial assistance and programmatic support to 78.
The amount of annual scholarship support, including direct financial and programmatic assistance, averages $25,000 per scholar/per year. Point Scholars agree to maintain a high level of academic performance and to give back to the LGBTQ community through the completion of an individual community service project each year. Some Point Scholars also benefit from internship opportunities related to their fields of study.
Point’s multifaceted support for scholars extends far beyond direct financial contribution toward the cost of their education. Each scholar is paired with a mentor and participates in leadership development training with fellow Point Scholars, including an annual Leadership Conference. After graduating, Point Scholars become part of Point’s growing alumni network, connecting them with caring individuals and professional contacts throughout the nation.
The scholar selection process begins with a thorough review of all applications by a trained team of educators, school counselors, staff, board members and alumni, who initially read and score every scholar application a minimum of two times. The selection process concludes with Point arranging for finalists to travel to San Francisco in late April for in-person interviews with Point board members and staff. The 2014 Point Scholar Class will be announced June 2014.
“Receiving the Point Foundation Scholarship gave me not only the financial resources I needed to advance my career, but also access to awe inspiring people I am proud to call family. With Point Foundation, I have a new source of strength and confidence to pursue my dreams.”
- Adaobi Kanu, Wells Fargo Point Scholar at Columbia Business School
Hear directly from additional Point Scholars on Point’s YouTube channel and read about Point Scholar and Alumni activities and accomplishments on the ViewPoint blog.
About Point Foundation
Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society. Since 2001, Point has invested more than $15 million in the education and support of Point Scholars, making it the nation's largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit. The Foundation promotes change through scholarship funding, mentorship, leadership development and community service training.
Point Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and relies on donations to fund its scholarships and related programs.