The Pinnacle Foundation Scholarship

The Pinnacle Foundation provides educational scholarships, mentoring and opportunities for young LGBTIQ+ Australians to realise their full potential and overcome challenges arising from their identity. Scholarships are awarded for full-time study at public institutions of higher education in Australia to gain an educational or vocational qualification in any profession, trade, or the arts.

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 trod the scholar's path – and provide the encouragement, counsel and inspiration to support the scholar's rounded development and successful completion of their studies.

Applications are open: 1 July 2021 – 15 September 2021 (for the 2022 Academic Year)

Eligible Courses

These scholarships apply to all courses available at Bendigo TAFE.

Eligibility/ Selection Criteria

You need to meet the following criteria to be eligible for The Pinnacle Foundation Scholarship:

1.       Must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident (proof required during application stage).

2.       Aged 18 years and younger than 27 years of age on 20 January each year for which the scholarship is sought.

3.       Have achieved reasonable scholastic results given your circumstances

4.       Will be undertaking full-time studies

5.       Identify as a member of the LGBTIQ+ community

Scholars receive between $5,000 - $7,000 in their first year of study as a Pinnacle scholar and between $4,000 and $5,000 in subsequent years. Subject to continuing to meet our requirements, Pinnacle Foundation scholarships are multi-year and designed to support you to complete your qualification. The Pinnacle Foundation scholarships are ongoing - depending on the scholars' lasting satisfaction of the eligibility criteria.

How to apply

Applicants are required to complete an online application form and submit it with all supporting documentation before the close application date –Wednesday 15 September 2021. Applications must be submitted online.


For more information, contact: The Pinnacle Foundation

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