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BIPOC Scholarship

Generations of racism and an education system born from discriminatory policies have made clear that  Black, Indigenous, and People of Color students face greater obstacles to educational achievement. When these challenges are combined with those faced by students who also identify as LGBTQ, the impediments can make a higher education degree seem impossible. Point aims to mitigate these issues by providing financial support, community resources, and professional development.

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Generations of racism and an education system born from discriminatory policies have made clear that  Black, Indigenous, and People of Color students face greater obstacles to educational achievement. When these challenges are combined with those faced by students who also identify as LGBTQ, the impediments can make a higher education degree seem impossible. Point aims to mitigate these issues by providing financial support, community resources, and professional development.

Scholarship Details

The BIPOC Scholarship from Point Foundation provides financial, coaching, and community support to BIPOC communities.

Amount: Up to $1,500

Funding Period: Funding is provided for a single academic term.

 

Application

Accepting applications Sept. 14-Oct. 19.

April 1, 2022: Point BIPOC Scholarship Application opens.

May 9, 2022: Point BIPOC Scholarship Application closes at 9:00 am PST/12:00 p.m. EST.

Watch our “How to Get Scholarships” video and visit the how to apply page for more tips.

Eligibility & Requirements

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BIPOC scholarship eligibility:

  • Scholarship recipients must identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC) communities and LGBTQ.
  • Must be enrolled or intending to enroll at an accredited community college, four-year college/university, or graduate program in the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska. Students in college or universities in a United States territory or post-doctoral program are not eligible.
  • Must be enrolled full-time or part-time (six credits) for the funded term.
  • Must be “out” as a person who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ community.

Application factors include:

  • Financial need or independence
  • Personal history
  • Academic achievement
  • Community involvement and work experience

Beyond Financial Support

Coaching

Guidance & support in areas affecting BIPOC LGBTQ students from Point’s Expert Coaching Panels.

Conferences and Panels

BIPOC Scholars have access to virtual leadership events and panel discussions.

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The BIPOC, LGBTQ Community

Join other native American, Indigenous, Black, Asain, and people of color students scholarship recipients.

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Hear from Our Scholars

"The BIPOC scholarship allows me to involve myself in a community that celebrates diversity and wants to create an environment for me to learn."

Slleven Gonzalez (they/them)
Point BIPOC Scholar 
Santa Monica College

BIPOC Scholarship FAQ

Who should apply for the BIPOC scholarship?

  • Members of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities who identify as LGBTQ.
  • Students must be enrolled or intending to enroll in an accredited community college, four-year college or university, or graduate program based in the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska, in the spring of 2022 or fall of 2022 who are also: maintaining a full-time or part-time course load; demonstrating their commitment to furthering their education.

How does the BIPOC Scholarship help students?

  • Provides funding for tuition and other expenses such as the student’s housing, study tools, and equipment.
  • Scholars can receive guidance and support in areas affecting BIPOC LGBTQ students from Point’s expert coaching discussions.
  • Point provides access to virtual leadership events and panel discussions.
  • Point scholars will have the opportunity to engage and further their LGBTQ network within the Point community.

Will I need to submit any supplemental materials?

Students selected as semifinalists will be asked to submit a short video answering a question provided by Point Foundation and may also take part in a phone interview with the scholarship selections committee.

Created Through Collaboration

This scholarship initiative was created with the expertise of several key stakeholders. In addition to these advisors, Point wishes to thank the following people for their thoughtful input and collaboration.

  • Kay Adam, Point Alum
  • Nia Clark, Point Scholar
  • Gregory Davis, Point Alum
  • Angie Gonzalez, Point Alum
  • Ian Khara Ellasante, Point Alum
  • Mira Patel, Point Alum & Chair of Point Alumni Committee
  • Valentin Sierra, Point Alum
  • Markus Thiel, Point Board of Trustees
  • Jules Turner, Point Alum
  • Dr. Gisela P. Vega, Point Board of Trustees
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Created Through Collaboration

This scholarship initiative was created with the expertise of several key stakeholders. In addition to these advisors, Point wishes to thank the following people for their thoughtful input and collaboration.

  • Kay Adam, Point Alum
  • Nia Clark, Point Scholar
  • Gregory Davis, Point Alum
  • Angie Gonzalez, Point Alum
  • Ian Khara Ellasante, Point Alum
  • Mira Patel, Point Alum & Chair of Point Alumni Committee
  • Valentin Sierra, Point Alum
  • Markus Thiel, Point Board of Trustees
  • Jules Turner, Point Alum
  • Dr. Gisela P. Vega, Point Board of Trustees

BIPOC Scholarship Sponsors

CBRE
Omnicom Group
synchrony
toyota
Victorias Secret
wells fargo

BIPOC Scholarship Sponsors

  • CBRE
  • Omnicom Group
  • synchrony
  • toyota
  • Victorias Secret
  • wells fargo

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MacKenzie Scott

PGIM

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