Point Foundation was established in 2001 to nurture the next generation of LGBTQ leaders. Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society. By identifying and supporting these scholars, Point hopes to provide a greater level of acceptance and respect within future generations for all persons, regardless of sexual orientation, gender expression, or gender identity.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applications are expected to be “out” as a person who identified within the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) spectrum.

  • Must be continuing or beginning a graduate or undergraduate degree program at accredited U.S. institutions in Fall 2015.

  • Open to students of all ages.

  • Open to students of any nationality.

General Information

Applicants from all levels of higher education may apply for the Point’s scholarship award. Applicants should have strong academic performance, leadership skills, and the desire to make a difference in the world. Involvement in the LGBTQ community, professional experiences, financial need, marginalization, personal and future goals are also taken into consideration. Applicants are advised to visit the website and read the biographies of current scholars to see what qualities the Point Foundation is searching for.

Point scholarships are awarded on a “last provider” basis. Point provided funds not provided by other scholarships, grants, loans, work/study programs, etc. It is the responsibility of those selected as Point Scholars to secure as much outside funding as possible. The scholarship amounts funded by Point each year depends on other financial support that Point Scholars receive from individuals, other foundations or grants, as well as the financial health of Point.

Application Instructions

All application instructions and materials are available at the Point Foundation Web site. UM students planning to apply are encouraged to notify the Office of Prestigious Awards and Fellowships at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Application Timeline

November 1, 2015 
Part I of the scholarship application is open.

Early November 2015 
Invitations to complete Part II are sent out. If you receive an invitation, it is recommended that you collect your supplemental information at that time.

Late February 2016 
Semifinalists will be notified.

March 2, 2016 
The supplemental materials must be submitted.

Semifinalists will be contacted for a phone interview.

April 30, 2016 - May 2, 2016  
Interviews will take place in Los Angeles. Transportation, lodging, and meals will be covered by Point. Finalists must attend the Point Finalist Recognition Dinner on Thursday, April 30.