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APPLICATION FAQS
& ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR A POINT SCHOLARSHIP?

Point Foundation considers many factors when assessing scholarship applicants, including:

  • A proven track record of leadership and community involvement
  • Strong academic achievement
  • Working for the betterment of the LGBTQ community
  • Financial need

Eligible applicants also:

  • Must be enrolled or intending to enroll at an accredited college or university based in the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska, in the fall of 2021. Students enrolled or intending to enroll in a college or university in a United States territory are NOT eligible.
  • Must be “out” as a person who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ community.
  • Must be enrolled full-time for the full academic year.
  • Must be enrolled in a degree-granting undergraduate or graduate/ doctoral program. Post-doctoral research programs are not eligible.
  • Students studying at community colleges, online programs, or trade schools, are NOT eligible. [But, if you are a community college student, check out our Community College Scholarship]
  • Community college students must be transferring to a four-year college or university.
  • Must be at least a senior in high school.
  • If selected as a finalist, the finalist must be in North or Central America on April 23-25 and be available to fly to Los Angeles in order to remain eligible for the scholarship. All travel expenses will be covered by Point.

ELIGIBILITY FAQS

-+I do not know yet where I will be attending college, can I still apply to be a Point Scholar?

Yes. You neither have to be enrolled nor accepted to a particular program/university to apply to be a Point Scholar.


-+Is there an age limit to apply to become a Point Scholar?

No, there is no age limit to be eligible to become a Point Scholar. You may apply at any time during either your education or career as long as you plan to be enrolled full-time.


-+Can I apply for a scholarship to study school in the spring semester by submitting my application during the fall application period?

No. Point only awards scholarships for a full academic year or greater, beginning with the next fall semester. Please see the current application dates.


-+If my career goals are not exclusively focused on the LGBTQ community may I still apply?

Yes, Point selects scholars whom it believes have made a contribution to the LGBTQ community and who will continue to do so in the future. Some scholars will choose a career that focuses on the LGBTQ community, and others will use their skills and influence in other ways while not working full time on LGBTQ issues. Talent and a drive to contribute to society are key characteristics of a Point Scholar. Point welcomes accomplished scholars in all fields.


-+I am not sure that I qualify (or identify) as either financially disadvantaged or marginalized, but I am confident that I have many of the other strengths (history of leadership, dedication to a field, etc.). Should I still apply?

Yes, you may qualify and should apply. Point’s selection committee weighs all facets of each person’s application. Point supports scholars who have a variety of needs and who demonstrate a record of accomplishment and high achievement.


-+Are Point’s scholarship awards restricted to any specific geographic regions?

Point’s application process is open to all college students regardless of citizenship. However, the applicant must attend an accredited institution that is based in the United States of America, including Hawaii and Alaska. Students attending a college or university in a United States territory are NOT eligible.


-+Does Point provide scholarships to undocumented students?

Yes, as stated above regarding international students, Point’s application process is open to all college students regardless of citizenship. Undocumented students are eligible and will be reviewed as international students.


-+If I’m selected as a finalist, will there be an in-person interview?

Yes, all potential finalists must be in North or Central America on April 23-25 and be available to fly to Los Angeles for an in-person interview in order to remain eligible for the scholarship. The cost of transportation, lodging, and meals are covered by Point for all finalists traveling within North & Central America.


-+If I apply and am not selected as a Point Scholar, may I reapply?

Yes, applicants may reapply the following year. Point does not keep copies of semifinalist or finalist materials from your previous application. Each returning applicant should submit the most current and competitive information possible, and not recycle their previous application.


APPLICATION FAQS

-+Should I send my application early?

Early scholarship applications are always appreciated and early submission also increases the likelihood of early notification of whether an applicant has advanced to the semifinalist round; allowing for more time to gather the required semifinalist supplementary materials. However, each and every scholarship application that is submitted by the deadline of 11:59 p.m. Pacific on the last day of eligibility (late January) will be evaluated equally by Point.


-+How will I know if Point received my scholarship application?

Point’s online application system automatically sends each applicant a confirmation email when their online scholarship application is received. Scholarship applicants who are selected as semifinalists will be notified by mid-February at the latest. Please be sure to check your spam folder just in case. Scholarship applicants who are not selected to move forward will not receive any further email notifications from Point. If it is late February and you have not received any notification from Point, it is safe to assume that you were not selected as a semifinalist.


-+Can I submit a paper scholarship application?

Scholarship applications may only be submitted online. Faxed or mailed applications will not be considered.


-+Are standardized test scores required for scholarship applicants?

If the institution you are attending or hoping to attend requires standardized tests, applicants must submit those scores on your application. Point’s online application accommodates both the old and new SAT score formats.

If an applicant currently attends or hopes to attend an institution which does not require any standardized tests, Point’s online application has a designated space to indicate you will not be submitting test scores.

If you are applying to a variety of institutions in which some require and some do not require testing, applicants should indicate that on their applications and submit for verification by Point ALL test scores that are required by each institution for admission.

If you are applying to earn a graduate degree, you do not always have to show your SAT or ACT scores. However, graduate applicants will have the option of including either SAT or ACT scores in the testing section of their scholarship application.

Applicants who are applying for support for graduate and post-graduate studies must submit test scores required by each respective institution that they hope to attend (e.g., GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, and MAT). Copies of test scores printed from the official testing organization may be submitted.


APPLICATION INFO

For all other questions and concerns, please email applications@pointfoundation.org.

APPLICATION SUBMISSION DEADLINES:

November 1: Point’s Scholarship Application opens online.

January 27: Point’s Scholarship Application closes at 11:59 p.m. PST.