LOS ANGELES -- Point Foundation, the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit, has opened this year's scholarship application process.
Students who will be enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs for the 2013-14 school year are eligible to apply for the prestigious, multi-year scholarships. Applicants will have until 11:59 pm PST on Jan. 14, 2013 to submit Part I of the application. Qualifying applicants will be invited to then submit Part II of the application.
Part II will remain open until 11:59 p.m. PST, Jan. 28, 2013. Applications are only accepted online.
People may also nominate a student online, and download an application information flyer (PDF).
“Being selected as a Point Scholar comes with the responsibility of using this opportunity to help strengthen the LGBTQ community, which is why we stress leadership as a quality applicants must exhibit and want to further develop,” said Jorge Valencia, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Point Foundation. “For so many LGBTQ young people who are struggling to create a better future for themselves - despite discrimination and financial obstacles - Point Scholars often serve as their role models.”
Point’s rigorous selection process for awarding scholarships requires 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 29 new scholarship recipients in June 2012, bringing the total number of students currently receiving financial assistance and programmatic support to 77. Since 2001, Point has invested more than $14 million in the education and support of 222 scholars.
The average amount of annual scholarship support, which includes direct financial and programmatic assistance, is approximately $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 a 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 team of 45 trained educators, school counselors, staff and board members, who initially read and score every scholar application a minimum of two times. The selection process concludes with candidates having face-to-face interviews with Point’s staff and Board of Regents during May 2013.
The 2013 Point Scholar Class will be announced June 2013.
"When I got the news that I had been chosen as a Point Scholar, I just felt incredibly humbled, affirmed, and invigorated to redouble my efforts and meet my academic and professional aspirations," said Pete Subkoviak, a 2012 Point Scholar from John Hopkins University. "It's tremendously important to feel supported while making your way in the world as an LGBT student. That, in and of itself, is a wonderful gift Point provides to so many."
More information about the application process is HERE.
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. Point promotes change through education, mentorship, leadership development and community service training, and provides its scholars with the financial ability to attend the nation's foremost higher educational institutions.