The Pinnacle Foundation — a charity helping disadvantaged young LGBTI people achieve their career goals — is once again calling for applicants to enter its 2012 grants round.

The charity was set up in 2008 to offer scholarships and bursaries to disadvantaged LGBTI young people across Australia to help them get ahead in their study and careers.

This year there were nine recipients studying in a range of disciplines including paramedicine, law and social science. Average grants handed out this year were around $4000.

As well as providing financial assistance, the Foundation also assigns young people ‘vocational mentors’ to help them gain some insight into their chosen industry.

Former High Court judge Michael Kirby and Australasian Integrative Medicine Association president Professor Kerryn Phelps are patrons of the Foundation.

Scholarship applications are open to 16–24-year-olds who meet the Foundation’s criteria. See the website for more details. Applications close on October 15.

INFO: www.thepinnaclefoundation.org

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