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Yes. You neither have to be enrolled nor accepted to a particular program/university to apply to be 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Scholarship applications may only be submitted online. Faxed or mailed applications will not be considered.
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.
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APPLICATION SUBMISSION DEADLINES:
November 1: Point’s Scholarship Application opens online.
January 27: Point’s Scholarship Application closes at 11:59 p.m. PST.