As New School Semester Starts, Point Foundation Celebrates Scholarships For 98 LGBTQ Students

Largest and Most Diverse Group in Foundation's History

LOS ANGELES, CA -  AUGUST 23, 2017 - As students across the country return to campus after a summer of political turmoil, Point Foundation (Point), the nation's most prominent scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students, is proud its 98 scholarship recipients are the largest and most diverse group of scholarship recipients in the organization's history.

From more than 2,000 applicants this year, 27 LGBTQ students were chosen to be Point Scholars. Point is also welcoming 25 LGBTQ students to its expanded Community College Scholarship Program, thanks to continued support from Wells Fargo. These 52 new scholarship recipients join 46 continuing Point Scholars to make 98 students Point is assisting in community colleges, four-year colleges and advanced degree programs.

This year's scholarship recipients include veterans of the armed forces, award-winning artists, international LGBTQ rights activists, creators of nonprofit organizations, and young scientists. In addition to their accomplishments, many of the new scholarship recipients have overcome barriers to their success that are all too common in the LGBTQ community, including family rejection and abuse, homelessness, discrimination, and challenges to their immigration status.

A complete list of scholarship recipients can be found below; bios for each are available on Point's website,  

"While students are returning to school amidst an angry climate of bigotry and political opposition to LGBTQ  rights, our 2017 scholars find strength in their diverse identities and are resolute about creating a better society," said Jorge Valencia, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Point Foundation. "By providing them not only with financial support but also mentoring, leadership development and internship opportunities, we are empowering them to be the next generation of leaders."

For 2017–2018, there are 98 LGBTQ students receiving financial assistance and programmatic support from Point as they pursue their associate, bachelor's, or graduate degrees. After graduating, students become part of Point's growing network, connecting them with hundreds of caring individuals and professional contacts throughout the nation.

Notable facts about the 2017 Point Scholar class:  

Notable facts about the 2017 Community College Scholarship recipients:

Individuals, corporations, and organizations can support Point's mission by designating a scholarship with a "Name" -- recognizing the donor, or an individual or institution the donor wishes to honor. Named Scholarship donors pledge to cover the financial assistance and programmatic support Point provides its scholars.

Named Scholarships generously being supported are: Barbey; Calamus Foundation; Douglas Wurth; George Benes, MD & Michael Mallee, EdD; HBO; HSBC; Janssen Infectious Diseases; Kevin Hummer; KPMG; Minton-Spidell-Jackowski; NBCUniversal; Northern Trust; Novo Nordisk; Point Honors Los Angeles; Point Honors New York; Rand Skolnick; Rim-Freeman; Arnold Schwab; Took Trust; Toyota Financial Services; Viiv; Walter M. Decker; Wells Fargo; William J. Levy.

The 2017 Point Scholars, including their hometown, area of study and degree, school, and Named Scholarship (where applicable) are as follows:

The 2017 recipients of the Point Community College Scholarship, including their school and area of study, are as follows:

About Point Foundation

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.

Since 2002, Point has awarded approximately 400 scholarships making it the nation's largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit. The Foundation promotes change through scholarship funding, mentorship, leadership development and community service training. | | | |

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