Published on December 21st, 2011 | by Wild Gender0
For the Love of School! It’s open season on Point scholarships.
LOS ANGELES– Get on it kids! Point Foundation, the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQI students officially opened its 2012 application season this week. Students who will be enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs for the 2012 – 2013 school year are eligible to apply for the prestigious, multi-year scholarships. Applications may be submitted until midnight (PST), February 10, 2012. Applications are only accepted online at: www.pointfoundation.org/apply.html.
“It is fitting that our scholarship application period opens during this traditional season of giving, because LGBT youth have so much to give to society,” said Jorge Valencia, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Point Foundation. “Point enables people with foresight to provide intergenerational support and guidance to the leaders of tomorrow. Investing in the education of a young person produces a more diverse and intellectually rich world for us all. We see that with our Point Alumni who are making names for themselves in their chosen fields. It is so rewarding for me whenever I meet Point Alumni who now have professional titles such as ‘Doctor,’ ‘Professor,’ or even ‘Mayor.’”
The average amount of annual scholarship support is $10,000, and the total programmatic amount devoted to each scholar by Point is between $22,000 – $31,000. Point Scholars agree to maintain a high level of academic performance and to give back to the LGBT 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. After graduating, Point Scholars become part of Point’s growing alumni network, connecting them with caring individuals and professional contacts throughout the nation.
In 2011, 1,769 applications were submitted, from which, 34 students were granted scholarships. The 2011 class of Point Scholars range from 17 to 37 years of age, 41% are people of color and 21% identify as transgender/gender variant individuals. There are at present a total of 71 Point Scholars currently enrolled in school. Since its inception in 2001, Point Foundation has helped make possible the education of 195 outstanding LGBT students.
People may recommend a deserving student by going online to www.pointfoundation.org/recommendastudent.html.
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