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Press Release, May 30, 2012


For Immediate Release — May 30, 2012


Scholarship Recipients Give Back to LGBT Community

The Palette Fund Supports Point Foundation’s Summer Internship Program

LOS ANGELES & NEW YORK, May 30, 2012 ‐ It will be a summer of fun, learning and giving back to community for three Point Foundation Scholars selected to participate in the Foundation’s Nonprofit Internship Program.  The internships will focus on addressing issues directly related to homelessness among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) youth. For the past three years The Palette Fund has underwritten the internship program, which makes it possible for Point Scholars to spend the summer experiencing meaningful, professional work that directly benefits LGBT community nonprofits.  Because The Palette Fund underwrites a stipend for the scholars, the participating nonprofits do not have to incur any costs for having these gifted students work for them during the summer.

Point Foundation (Point) is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBT students of merit.  There are currently 70 Point Scholars studying at institutions of higher education across the United States. The three scholars who were selected are: Maggie Keenan-Bolger, to intern at Green Chimneys in New York City, Derrick Miller-Handley, to intern at Hetrick-Martin Institute in New York City, and Sarah Young to intern at the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, AL.

“The internship program makes it possible for scholars to connect their academic preparation to their career aspirations, develop their leadership skills, and give back to the LGBT community – something they are all very motivated to do,” said Darrin Wilstead, Mentoring & Alumni Program Director at Point Foundation.  “We are sincerely grateful to The Palette Fund for enabling us to provide such meaningful opportunities to our scholars.”

Terrence Meck, Executive Director of The Palette Fund, explains that,“The value of providing support for the internship program is twofold; it gives the organizations the ability to accomplish a lot more for free and allows the scholars to really flex their professional muscles while making a lasting impact in an area which needs all the help it can get." 

Quotes from Point Scholars participating in the Nonprofit Internship Program:

Maggie Keenan-Bolger to intern at Green Chimneys in New York, NY:

“I am so thrilled to be working with Green Chimneys, New York City Division this summer.  As the first shelter for Homeless LGBT Youth in the city, Green Chimneys has so much to offer young people facing intolerable circumstances in their homes and schools.  I feel honored to lend my expertise by working on a theatrical oral history project, enhancing the intake program for the youth and assisting with workshops for parents whose LGBT children are at risk for homelessness.  The Point Foundation has given me so much in the way of mentorship, support and guidance in my life, it is my hope to pay some of that support forward to the youth at Green Chimneys.”

Derrick Miller-Handley to intern at Hetrick-Martin Institute in New York, NY:

“In a time when schools are cutting arts programs and LGBT youth continue to face daunting obstacles, Hetrick-Martin Institute champions the role of art and culture in the development of a strong LGBT youth community. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to expand my skills and develop work that will support LGBT youth to use their art and creative voice as a means of fostering economic self-sufficiency.”

Sarah Young to intern at the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, AL:

“I am humbled to receive an opportunity to work with the Southern Poverty Law Center this summer.  As an intern with the LGBTQ Rights Project, I will be connecting with and supporting the various Safe Schools Coalitions in the South to make sure they have the resources and support they need to make schools safer for LGBTQ youth in this region.  In addition, I will be exploring ways that the LGBTQ Rights Project can engage youth at the grassroots level, using my organizing background to assist in this endeavor.  I am thankful for The Point Foundation and The Palette Fund for allowing me this opportunity.”

The Palette Fund: The Palette Fund honors the legacy of Rand Harlan Skolnick through collaborative grantmaking and programs that value human rights and education. The Foundation focuses on Nutrition & Wellness,  Patient Navigation, and Queer Youth.  Rand committed his heart and soul to his philanthropic work throughout his life, and The Palette Fund seeks to continue and grow his pioneering vision.  More information can be found at

About Point Foundation: Point Foundation (Point) provides financial support, leadership training, mentoring and hope to LGBT individuals who are marginalized because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Point provides its scholars with the financial ability to attend the nation's foremost higher educational institutions and its donors and mentors with the rare satisfaction of directly investing their resources and time in future generations of leaders. |

Media Contact:

Eugene Patron

Point Foundation

Off.  (212) 512-7807                                          


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