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LGBTQ Scholarship Recipients Gather in Washington, D.C.

Point Foundation’s annual July Leadership Conference builds students’ social capital -- and has social media buzzing.  See the Storify collection of Tweets and Facebook posts.   Read the press release.

Point Foundation Statement on Student Loan Legislation

Point Foundation Welcomes Passage of Legislation

to Freeze Student Loan Interest Rates

Nation's largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender

 and queer (LGBTQ) students applauds action by President and Congress


LOS ANGELES, July 2, 2012 ‐ Point Foundation thanks President Obama and Congress for reaching an agreement on legislation to keep interest rates on federally subsidized Stafford loans for college students from doubling on July 1, 2012 [background article]. 

Jorge Valencia
, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Point Foundation, issued the following statement today:

"Preventing interest rates on federal Stafford loans from doubling is an essential tool for keeping higher education accessible and affordable.  Thankfully, President Obama and Congress have taken the necessary action to help the more than nine million students who rely on these loans to attend colleges and universities.  The experience of Point Foundation is that the great majority of college students are eager to use their higher education degrees to give back to their communities.  Keeping federally subsidized student loans affordable is an investment in society’s most promising human capital."


Scholarship Recipients Give Back to LGBT Community

It will be a summer of fun, learning and giving back to community for three Point Foundation Scholars selected to participate in the Foundation’s Nonprofit Internship Program.  The internships will focus on addressing issues directly related to homelessness among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) youth. For the past three years The Palette Fund has underwritten the internship program, which makes it possible for Point Scholars to spend the summer experiencing meaningful, professional work that directly benefits LGBT community nonprofits.  Because The Palette Fund underwrites a stipend for the scholars, the participating nonprofits do not have to incur any costs for having these gifted students work for them during the summer.

The three scholars who were selected are: Maggie Keenan-Bolger, to intern at Green Chimneys in New York City, Derrick Miller-Handley, to intern at Hetrick-Martin Institute in New York City, and Sarah Young to intern at the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, AL. “The internship program makes it possible for scholars to connect their academic preparation to their career aspirations, develop their leadership skills, and give back to the LGBT community – something they are all very motivated to do,” said Darrin Wilstead, Mentoring & Alumni Program Director at Point Foundation.  “We are sincerely grateful to The Palette Fund for enabling us to provide such meaningful opportunities to our scholars.”

Terrence Meck, Executive Director of The Palette Fund, explains that,“The value of providing support for the internship program is twofold; it gives the organizations the ability to accomplish a lot more for free and allows the scholars to really flex their professional muscles while making a lasting impact in an area which needs all the help it can get." 

Selections Weekend - Finalist Interviews

Point Foundation flew 42 undergraduate and graduate finalists for its 2012 scholarships to San Francisco the last weekend of April for in-person interviews (plus peer-to-peer socializing and a tour of the city). Watch a short video of the scholarship candidates with Point's Regents, Trustees and staff in San Francisco.  And be sure to keep an eye out for the announcement of the 2012 scholar class in June. 

Watch video from Selections here.

$2 Million For LGBT Higher Education Scholarships

Funding for $2 million to support higher education scholarships for LGBT students was announced and raised at the April 16, 2012 Point Honors New York gala. More than 500 people attended the event at which playwright Edward Albee and global film company Focus Features received awards for being champions of the LGBT community and advocates for the community’s next generation of leaders. Wells Fargo & Company announced the company’s commitment of $1.5 million to fund 10 Wells Fargo Point Scholarships and related programming.  Read more and see pictures.


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