What We Do
Point Foundation (Point) empowers promising lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society. Through its programs Point creates social change by challenging attitudes contributing to social stigma and prejudice, something experienced all too often by those in the LGBTQ community.
LGBTQ students applying for Point Foundation scholarships often have compelling and inspiring stories of overcoming incredible obstacles and hardships in pursuit of their goals for education. Many applicants have experienced rejection by their families including being cut off from all financial support, and some even forced to leave home.
Point Foundation considers many factors when assessing scholarship applicants: academic achievement, personal merit, leadership, involvement in the LGBTQ community, professional experiences, financial need, marginalization, and personal goals. Very strong academic performance is one characteristic that Point seeks in all its applicants and subsequent scholars. So too are proven leadership skills and the desire to make a difference in the world.
Point Foundation annually announces its new scholar class in June during LGBTQ Pride Month. Each year, Point provides a variety of Leadership activities including a biennial National Leadership Conference, Regional Leadership Forums, and Leadership Education and Affinities Development (LEAD) Consortia. Through these activities, scholars and alumni receive intensive training in leadership development, community service guidance, advocacy benefiting the LGBTQ community, and personal development skills. This programming helps Point Scholars develop a clear understanding of how these attributes relate to the LGBTQ community, its history, and its evolution.
In addition to providing financial support for education, Point Foundation matches each scholar with a mentor who is a successful professional and also a prominent and caring member of the LGBTQ and ally community. Mentors assist Point Scholars with professional career decisions, including the pursuit of graduate studies, internship placement, and job opportunities after graduation. Additionally, mentors help scholars design and complete an annual community service project that Point requires of each scholar.
Point Scholars and Alumni have a proven track record of leadership and scholastic achievement along with a strong desire to make a difference in the world. Point Foundation believes its scholars are the next generation of LGBTQ community leaders and is proud of how its alumni are already making a significant impact on society.
Point is a champion for equal access to higher education for all persons of any race, religion, color, creed, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, marital status, parental status, handicap, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.