Arts and Humanities,
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM),
Point Foundation was established in 2001 to nurture the next generation of LGBTQ leaders. 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.
By identifying and supporting these scholars, Point hopes to provide a greater level of acceptance and respect within future generations for all persons, regardless of sexual orientation, gender expression, or gender identity. We honor our scholars - their leadership, their acumen, their early involvement in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer causes, and their pledge to make the world a fairer and better place for all.
Point Scholarships are awarded on a "last provider" basis. Point fills in the gaps and provides funds not provided by other scholarships, grants, loans, work/study programs, etc. It is the responsibility of those selected as Point Scholars to secure as much outside funding as possible. Point is not intended to be, and cannot be, the sole source of support because there is no guarantee that the financial support will be the same each year, nor will it be provided each year. The scholarship amounts funded by Point each year depends on other financial support that Point Scholars receive from individuals, other foundations or grants, as well as the financial health of Point.
Specific Eligibility Criteria
Point's application process is open to all college students regardless of citizenship. However, the organization's scope of support is limited to higher educational pursuits at accredited institutions that are located within the borders of the United States of America. Individuals who receive a Point Foundation Scholarship are expected to be “out” as a person who identifies within the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) spectrum. There is no age limit to be eligible to become a Point Scholar. You may apply at any time during either your education or career as long as you plan to be enrolled full-time by the fall. Point does not provide support for students who pursue an education or a special program solely online. Point believes it is important for Point Scholars to be a part of an academic community and interact face-to-face with other students and faculty on a regular basis while earning a degree and representing Point.The Point Scholarship is not just for undergraduate (bachelors) students. Applicants who are pursuing graduate and post-graduate degrees may also apply for Point's scholarship award. However, post-doctoral research students and trade school students are not eligible to apply. Very strong academic performance is one characteristic that Point seeks in all its applicants and subsequent scholars. Additionally, proven leadership skills and the desire to make a difference in the world are highly valued. Each person who applies for a Point Scholarship is evaluated on the totality of their situation. Academic achievement, personal merit, leadership, involvement in the LGBTQ community, professional experiences, financial need, marginalization, personal and future goals are all taken into consideration.