This Point foundation — the national nonprofit that mentors and awards scholarships to deserving LGBTQ+ youth — recently announced that it broke its own record for the most students it will support in the upcoming academic year. Overall, Point expects to award 539 scholarships and grants in the upcoming 2022-23 academic year (up from 320 last year). Of this group, there are 42 new Flagship Point Scholars, the Four-Year College and Graduate Scholarship Program, 80 new students in the Community College Scholarship Program, 106 BIPOC Scholars (Black, Indigenous and people of color) and another 101 students will receive short-term opportunity scholarships. Point plans to award an additional 274 scholarships to BIPOC students next year.
Point also recently announced a $1 million commitment to fight oppression by supporting students entering fields such as law, political science, film, arts, education and journalism. . Point hopes these future leaders will advance LGBTQ+ rights and fight the torrent of anti-LGBTQ+ efforts.
“While we were able to select more students than ever to receive essential higher education support, we also saw record need,” said Margaux Cowden, program manager at Point, in a statement. “I am so grateful for what we can accomplish in terms of student support, thanks to the generosity of donors. But it’s clear that we have even more opportunities to grow and help more LGBTQ students access and succeed in college.
Donors to Point Scholars include Ascential Corp, CBRE, Coach Foundation Dream it Real, The Coca-Cola Foundation, Creative Artists Agency, Ernst & Young, FedEx, JCPenney, Lands’ End, MacKenzie Scott, PGIM, Parametric, Synchrony Bank, Toyota, Victoria’s Secret & Company, Wells Fargo, etc.
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