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Press Release, July 16, 2012


For Immediate Release — July 16, 2012


LGBTQ Scholarship Recipients Gather in Washington, D.C.

Point Foundation Leadership Conference Builds Students’ Social Capital

July 19 – 22 - Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, & Special Site Visits in D.C.

LOS ANGELES, July 16, 2012
‐ Point Foundation (Point), the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students of merit, is bringing more than 100 of its accomplished scholars to Washington, D.C., July 19–22, for Point’s annual Scholar & Alumni Leadership Conference.

The scholars (current and alumni) from around the U.S. will receive training in leadership, LGBTQ history, career planning and community service, as well as attend panel discussions on topics such as the 2012 election, social media and HIV/AIDS. The presentations and discussions on HIV/AIDS (Sat, 7/21 @ 2:30 p.m.), will include seven Point Scholars pursuing their advanced degrees in medicine and public health. Media interested in attending conference panels should contact, 917.501.5881.

Point Scholars will also take a special tour of the U.S. Capitol Building, and attend a performance of the acclaimed play “The Normal Heart.” On Friday evening, July 20, John Berry, the Director of the United States Office of Personnel Management, will receive the Point Leadership Award at the conference Leadership Dinner. The award will be presented to Berry by 2012 Tony Award winner Judith Light, who is a member of Point’s Honorary Board.

“Our scholars and alumni are very excited about getting together for the Leadership Conference. It gives them a chance to talk and share information on what they are studying, their community service projects and topical issues and events -- issues they will increasingly play a role in as future leaders of the LGBTQ community and society,” said Jorge Valencia, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Point Foundation. 

Since its inception in 2001, Point Foundation has invested more than $14 million in the education and support of 221 outstanding Point Scholars. Point’s multifaceted support for scholars extends far beyond a direct financial contribution toward the cost of their education. Each scholar is paired with a mentor who is a prominent and caring professional in the LGBTQ community. Mentors advise scholars on education and career decisions, as well as help guide them through the completion of an individual community service project each year. 

Through the generosity of donors and sponsors, Point is able to bring its intergenerational community of scholars, alumni, mentors, Regents and Trustees together for national and regional leadership development events, including the 2012 Leadership Conference.

Sponsors for the 2012 Point Foundation Scholar & Alumni Leadership Conference are:

Audi, Citi/Community Development, David Henry Jacobs, Janssen Therapeutics, Motorola Mobility, PWC, Ralph Lauren, Time Warner Foundation, The Washington Blade and Wells Fargo.


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