I am passing along information about the Point Foundation scholarship. Point Foundation is the nation's largest scholarship granting organization for LGBT students of merit.
I received this scholarship during most of my PhD studies and could not have attended without it. Point scholarships are open to undergraduate and graduate students who are marginalized based on their sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. It is also open to people, regardless of sexual orientation and/or gender identity/expression, who have demonstrated that they are strong advocates and leaders on LGBT issues, usually in some sort of activist or educational manner. Point provides support through multi-year scholarships, leadership training, mentoring and hope to LGBT studetns who are marginalized because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
The great thing about this scholarship is that it stays with the student. Meaning two things: it will stay with you for a maximum of five years (usually enough time to finish most degrees) and if the student decides to transfer schools, the support follows them. Point also creates an extremely supportive environment for scholars by encouraging us to work as a cohort of friends, giving each of us mentors (either professional or personal, depending on what issues a student is in need of help with), and providing guidance leadership skills among many other things.
The online application for the 2011?2012 academic year will become available at www.pointfoundation.org on December 10, 2010, and will close on February 11, 2011. You can also recommend a deserving student at www.pointfoundation.org/recommendastudent.html
Advice on applications are that they look for students of merit (meaning good grades and extracurriculars) as well as evidence of leadership on LGBT issues. It's important to keep in mind there there is not only ONE thing that will get at student accepted (like grades, SATs, etc.) Rather, like many schools, they look at the whole person. Accepted scholars have been leaders in their communities in rural, suburban and urban setting working on things like organizing a Gay-Straight Alliance in high school, opening a queer bookstore in the Midwest, doing various activist organizing around LGBT issues, etc. You get the picture.
If you have a student who immediately comes to mind while reading this or you think you are that person, please apply or recommend them!
Please forward this widely.
Michelle A. Marzullo
Anthropology and American Studies Department