Escape! Use that smarty-pants brain of yours to get a scholarship for college.

point_foundationEscape! Use that smarty-pants brain of yours to get a scholarship for college.



It’s an interesting time for gay youth in America. While gay marriage looms brightly on the horizon, queer kids are still being bullied at school and kicked out of their homes. School isn’t always the safest place to be, but stepping in to make it all a little easier is the Point Foundation (Point), the nation's largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students of merit.




They’ve just announced the opening of the 2011 application season.  Students who will be enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs for the 2010-11 school year are eligible to apply for the prestigious, multi-year scholarships. The application deadline for this year's scholarships is February 11, 2011.

2010 Point Scholar Kyle Inselman who is pursuing a BFA in film-reviews studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder said, "By working with my fellow scholars and everyone in the Point family, I'm able to flourish as a leader playing my part for the larger movement, and encourage my fellow scholars to accomplish the same. This truly is a community of support and encouragement, and having it gives me the confidence to pursue my individual and collaborative goals, whether they are through my film-reviews work, advocacy, or more."

Point's rigorous selection process for its prestigious scholarships is highly competitive and requires demonstrated academic excellence, leadership skills, community involvement and financial need. Particular attention is 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.  The selection process begins with on-line applications and concludes with face-to-face interviews with selected finalists in April 2011.

The average amount of annual support devoted to each scholar is between $22,000-$31,000, which includes mentoring, leadership and media training and direct financial support. Point's multifaceted support extends far beyond the scholars' time in school as Point provides leadership training and mentoring.

For additional information on Point Foundation click here.

For information on how to apply for a Point Scholarship click here.

LGBTQ college student resource guide:

LGBTQ Student Resources & Support