The Point Foundation was founded in 2001 and is the largest college scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students. According to the organization’s website, the Point Foundation “seeks to foster a greater level of acceptance, respect and tolerance for all persons in society and build a community of socially active leaders.
Point does this through scholarship funding, mentorship, leadership development, and community service training, and is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit. Nearly a third of LGBTQ students drop out of high school to escape the violence, harassment and isolation they face there, and as a result many do not go on to pursue higher education.”
The organization’s scholarship program awards enable LGBTQ students, including international and undocumented students, to attend institutions of higher education in the United States. Criteria for selection include the applicant’s academic performance, leadership skills, financial need, personal goals and involvement in the LGBTQ community. Consideration is also given to students who have lost the social support of their families and/or communities.
Each Point Scholar needs to maintain a high level of academic performance, has a mentor and participates in leadership program development and activities. They also need to complete a community service project designed to benefit the LGBTQ community annually. Point Scholars become part of the organization’s alumni network on graduating. The alumni network connects them with supportive individuals and professional contacts. For info, please click here.
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