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From small beginnings comes great things, or so it goes.
The Pinnacle Foundation star ted in 2009 and was set up with
the specific intention of providing marginalised or disadvan-
tag ed LGBT students with financial and emotional support while
they undertake their HSC or ter tiar y studies.
“ We provide financial and mentor assistance to Gays and Lesbi-
ans who have str ug gled to complete their e ducation because of per-
sonal or social circumstances which provide significant challeng es
for them” said Susan Brooks, Manag ement Team member.
What started from reading about a similar org anisation in the
USA cr ystallised and be came a reality.
So how are lesbians involved in the Foundation :
• 55% of this year ’s scholars are lesbians
• 3 out of seven Board members are lesbians
• 23% of registered mentors are lesbians
• many volunteers who provide their skills and exper tise that sup -
port the Foundation are lesbians
• ver y few lesbians financially suppor t the Foundation yet we rely
on our community to fund the scholarships.
“ We know from experience that lesbian scholars who were strug -
gling have what it takes to be successful and become leaders, they
just nee d a helping hand while they make the transition from stud-
ies to professional life.”
Lesbians who are keen to become involved have lots of choice
• Lesbians undertaking the HSC or studying at a tertiar y institu-
tion should check out the information on scholarships.
• Older lesbians who have had successful care ers or still at the pin-
nacle of their career could consider becoming a mentor. Again
there is a self-check assessment and registration form available.
• Financial contributions can be made through our website as well.
We will shortly have available dedicated scholarships for lesbians
who want to provide substantial support to the Foundation to
honor the name of their partner. They are a living testament to
one’s commitment to diversity through education and can make a
significant impact in the life of a deser ving lesbian student.
“No matter which way you choose to become involved you will be
helping young lesbians to reclaim their own self-wor th through education
and make certain that The Pinnacle Foundation can continue its mission
of providing scholarships, mentoring and hope well into the f uture.”
More info: thepinnaclefoundation.org
Pinnacle Foundation helps young lesbians
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