The Point Foundation has granted $132,000 in scholarships to 10 American college students as an investment in a better world for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. The Point Foundation provides financial support, mentoring and hope to meritorious students who are marginalized because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
The Foundation's 'Point Scholars' are chosen for their demonstrated leadership, scholastic achievement, extracurricular activities, involvement in the LGBT community, and financial need—which is often caused by families and institutions withholding support in response to their 'coming out' as LGBT.
One undergraduate is a Chicago student, Rohan Barrett, a sophomore majoring in Education at the University of Illinois—Chicago. Barrett was also a Windy City Times 30 Under 30 honoree this year.
The Point Foundation is a publicly supported, 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Last year $125,000 in scholarships were awarded to eight scholars—six of whom are continuing their educations, and two of whom have graduated with highest honors. Prospective donors and applicants can learn more about these scholars and The Point at www.thepointfoundation.org .