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2017 - Pinnacle Foundation Scholarships - Closed

2017 - Pinnacle Foundation Scholarships is now closed.

Status: Closed
Applications open: CLOSED
Applications close: CLOSED


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About this scholarship

Description/Applicant information

The Pinnacle Foundation Scholarships have been established to provide financial assistance and mentorship to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth who are marginalised or disadvantaged because of their sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression. With financial support and vocational mentoring, The Pinnacle Foundation aims to encourage achievements in higher education and training, nurturing the next generation of leaders of the LGBTIQ community.

Student type
  • Current Students
  • Future Students
  • Faculty of Business and Law
  • Humanities
  • Health Sciences
  • Centre for Aboriginal Studies
  • Science & Engineering
Course type
  • Undergraduate
  • Postgraduate Research
  • Postgraduate Coursework

Non-gender specific

  • Australian Permanent Resident
  • Australian Citizen
Scholarship base
  • Merit Based
  • Need Based

The Foundation has multiple scholarships available in 2017:

The Pinnacle Foundation Scholarship of $3,000 for the first year of tertiary studies and $2000 for subsequent years. For Year 12 students the scholarship amount is $2,000; and

Sponsored and Named Scholarships $5,000 for first year of tertiary studies and $3000 for subsequent years.

Eligibility 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
  • is a serious consistent student who has shown scholastic achievement during the student’s school years;
  • is able to demonstrate a commitment to completing Year 12 of the student’s secondary education, a tertiary degree or vocational training (as the case may be);
  • has achieved acceptable scholastic results given their background and circumstances; and,
  • demonstrates pride in and dedication to the LGBTIQ community.

For Sponsored or Named Scholarships the following additional selection criteria is applied:

  • 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; and
  • shows leadership qualities and an innovative, enterprising attitude; and
  • can meet any specific requirements set by the named scholarship donor.

How to apply

Application process

For details of how to apply and application forms visit the Pinnacle Foundation website

Assistance with your scholarship application is available through Curtin, please contact Michelle Rogers 

Need more information?


Any enquiries regarding your application you should contact the Pinnacle Foundation at: or call 0410 471 504 (Geoff Annabel, Scholar Mentor Manager).

Further information

For further information about this scholarship visit The Pinnacle Foundation website

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