Point Foundation Announces 52 Scholarship Recipients for LGBT Students

Point Foundation Announces 52 Scholarship Recipients for LGBT Students

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e83db1072af3043ecd0b470de7444e90fe76e6dc11b0114391f6c0_640_graduationPoint Foundation, the nation’s most prominent scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students, Thursday announced its 2017 scholarship recipients. The 52 scholarship recipients are the largest and most diverse group in the organization’s history. From more than 2,000 applicants, 27 LGBTQ students were chosen to be Point Scholars. Point is also welcoming 25 LGBTQ students to its expanded Community College Scholarship Program.

This year’s scholarship recipients include veterans of the armed forces, award-winning artists, international LGBTQ rights activists, creators of nonprofit organizations, and young scientists. In addition to their accomplishments, many of the new scholarship recipients have overcome barriers to their success that are all too common in the LGBTQ community, including family rejection and abuse, homelessness, discrimination, and challenges to their immigration status.

A complete list of scholarship recipients can be found below; bios for each are available on Point’s website, pointfoundation.org.

“Given the volatile political climate and its implications for trans rights, immigrant rights, gender issues, and civil liberties, it is essential that we continue to invest in the next generation of LGBTQ leaders,” said Jorge Valencia, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Point Foundation. “By helping them to access the higher education they need to succeed, we can assure promising LGBTQ students are poised to become the change makers we so desperately need.”

For 2017–2018, there will be 98 LGBTQ students receiving financial assistance and programmatic support from Point as they pursue their associate, bachelor’s, or graduate degrees. After graduating, students become part of Point’s growing alumni network, connecting them with hundreds of caring individuals and professional contacts throughout the nation.

Notable facts about the 2017 Point Scholar class:

  •      Two-thirds identify as a racial or ethnic group other than white.
  •      Nearly half identify as transgender, gender-nonconforming, or intersex.
  •      Over a third are the first in their families to go to college.
  •      Eight scholars were formerly homeless.

Notable facts about the 2017 Community College Scholarship recipients:

  •      Nearly half identify as transgender, gender-nonconforming, or intersex.
  •      One-third identify as bisexual, polysexual or queer.
  •      Enrolled in schools in 22 cities across the U.S.
  •      60% are the first in their families to go to college.

Individuals, corporations, and organizations can support Point’s mission by designating a scholarship with a “Name” – recognizing the donor, or an individual or institution the donor wishes to honor. Named Scholarship donors pledge $100,000 over four years to cover the financial assistance, and programmatic support Point provides its scholars.

Named Scholarships generously being supported are: Barbey, George Benes, MD & Michael Mallee, EdD, Calamus Foundation, Estée Lauder Companies, HBO, HSBC, Janssen Therapeutic, Kevin Hummer, KPMG, NBCUniversal, Point Honors Los Angeles, Rand Skolnick, Rim-Freeman, Arnold Schwab, Took Trust, Toyota Financial Services, Point Honors New York, Walter M. Decker, Viiv, Wells Fargo, and William J. Levy.

Since 2002, Point has awarded approximately 400 scholarships making it the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit. The Foundation promotes change through scholarship funding, mentorship, leadership development and community service training.

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