OVERVIEW: The Point Foundation offers scholarships to LGBTQ students across the country.
IP TAKE: Point offers scholarships on a “last provider” basis. This means that its funding is meant to help make up for funding shortfalls left by other means such as loans, work study programs, and financial aid.
PROFILE: Founded in 2001 by Bruce Lindstrom and Carl Strickland, the Point Foundation is the country’s “[l]argest scholarship granting organization” focusing on LGBTQ students. The foundation aims to empower LGBTQ students to “[a]chieve their full academic and leadership potential—despite the obstacles often put before them—to make a significant impact on society.”
The foundation’s scholarship program, which strictly funds LGBTQ students, is available to students enrolled in an accredited college or university based in the United States. To qualify, students must have a track record of community involvement, strong academic achievement, those who work to improve the LGBTQ community, and those that demonstrate financial need. The foundation’s website indicates scholarship limits for its Point Scholars.
Students studying at community colleges, online programs, or trade schools are not eligible for Point Scholars funding; however, they may apply to the foundation’s Community College Program. Students accepted into the program will receive up to $3,700.
The Point Foundation begins accepting scholarship applications online beginning November 1. The deadline for submissions is January 29 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. To keep current on the latest from Point, sign up for its mailing list.
- Jorge Valencia, Director and CEO
- Jill Dannis, Intern and Scholar Relations Manager
- Darrin Wilstead, Senior Program Manager