Pinnacle Foundation scholarships announced
The Pinnacle Foundation has announced the recipients of its annual scholarship program. This year the Foundation will provide study grants and mentoring to a range of secondary and tertiary students to assist them in achieving their study goals.
There were 26 scholars awarded with grants this year. Academic disciplines covered by scholars include Commerce, Journalism, Architecture, Law, Mental Health and Medical Science.
The Foundation has welcomed 15 new scholars to the Pinnacle fold and 11 returning scholars.
In the past five years the Pinnacle Foundation has provided over $200,000 in scholarships to more than 50 scholars all over Australia. All of the Foundation’s income is provided by individual and corporate donors without any government funding.
“Words cannot describe how much it means to have people believe in my future and think me worthy of such a fantastic opportunity,” said Brendan Merheb, one of this year’s recipients who is currently studying a Bachelor of Architecture at University of Technology.
“The financial assistance for my educational expenses will mean that some of the barriers I would have had are eliminated and this really puts me on an even playing field in achieving the best I can.
“More importantly, to be mentored by a gay person who is doing exceptionally well and making a difference in the discipline I too am interested in, really creates a sense of ambition and aspiration for me. I hope that one day, I too can inspire other LGBTIQ young adults and make a difference to people’s lives.”