LOS ANGELES, June 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Point Foundation (Point), the nation's largest scholarship granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students, today announced its 2020 scholarship recipients. Point also announced that they will be creating a new scholarship fund specifically for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) who are LGBTQ.
19 new Point Scholars were selected from a pool of 2,300 applicants; they will join 35 current recipients. Point also welcomes 36 new students to their Community College Scholarship Program. Another 44 students will receive $1,000 grant awards, of which 28 are Toyota Scholarships. This brings the total number of scholars currently receiving support to 134.
Point's scholarship recipients are talented students with a proven track record of leading in their local and academic communities through their activism, advocacy, and organizing. In addition to their fearless leadership, they have battled obstacles including immigration status, homelessness, family rejection, and abuse. Each one of them has the dedication and resilience to meet this moment in history and make change across the country.
In addition to touting the largest scholar class in the history of the organization, Point announced that they will be creating a new scholarship fund for BIPOC who are LGBTQ. The foundation will seek new funding and begin implementing the program later this year.
"Since our inception, Point Foundation has funded a diverse class of scholars every year. In recent years we've added Community College Scholarships, including a two-year program this year in addition to one-year awards, and a new individual grant program. We know we can do more to broaden our support of students who are Black, Indigenous and People of Color and so we are pleased to announce the Point Foundation BIPOC LGBTQ Scholarship Fund. Details are forthcoming, but we are excited to continue deepening our commitment to making higher education more accessible to all," said Jorge Valencia, Executive Director and CEO.
In the 2020–2021 academic year, 134 LGBTQ students will receive financial assistance and programmatic support from Point as they pursue their associate, bachelor's, or advanced degrees. After graduating, students become part of Point's growing alumni network, connecting them with hundreds of caring individuals and professional contacts throughout the nation. These connections and experiences help to shape the leaders who will go on to defend and advance the rights of LGBTQ people and create a more inclusive, equitable society.
84% identify as people of color or bi/multiracial.
42% identify as transgender or gender nonconforming.
42% are first-generation college students.
Notable facts about the 2020 Community College Scholarship recipients:
69% identify as people of color or bi/multiracial.
27% identify as transgender or gender nonconforming.
58% are first-generation students.
Individuals, corporations, and organizations can support Point's mission by designating a scholarship with a "Name," which recognizes the donor, an individual, or an institution. Named Scholarship donors pledge to cover the financial assistance and programmatic support Point provides its scholars.
Named Scholarships for Point Scholars are generously being supported by: Anonymous; Arnold Schwab; Barbara Epstein Foundation; Barbey Family; CAA; Calamus Foundation; Alfred A. Cave; Steven Esposito Memorial; FedEx; Fry-Garatea Family; George Benes, MD; Herb Hamsher Memorial; HSBC; Jeff Ogle & Jeff Stearns; John M. Deciccio; Kevin Hummer; Minton-Spidell-Jackowski; NBCUniversal; Patti Sue Mathis; Rand Skolnick; Stacy R. Friedman; Took Trust; Toyota; Walter M. Decker; Wells Fargo; William J. Levy.
Named Scholarships for Community College Scholarships are generously being supported by: Broward LEADS; Donald Cummins; Bryan Fitzgerald; John Hancock; John S. Knudsen; LA Dodgers; Miami Beach Pride; Paul C. Phillips; Toyota; Wendell Reid; Wells Fargo.
The 2020 Point Scholars, including their area of study, degree, school, and Named Scholarship (where applicable) are as follows:
Jessica Chiriboga, Dartmouth College, Government and History
Alan Cruz, University of Southern California, Criminal Justice
Madison Klementyn, Portland State University, Computer Science
Rick Li, Harvard University, Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology
Diego Antonio Quintana Licona, New York University, Chemistry
Tyler McDougald, Clemson University, English and History, Alfred A. Cave Scholarship
Ranen Miao, Washington University in St. Louis, Political Science, Barbey Family Scholarship
Darid Prom, Undeclared, Swarthmore College
Abigail Reed, University of South Florida, Environmental Science & Policy
Elle Smith, Harvard University, Arts and Humanities.
Joshua Aiken, Yale University, African-American Studies and History, Steven Esposito Memorial Scholarship
Nia Clark, Simmons College, Social Work, Stacey R. Friedman Scholarship
Marija Kamceva, Stanford University School of Medicine, Medicine
Timothy Keyes, Stanford University School of Medicine, Medicine
Mirandy Li, Louisiana State University School of Medicine, Public Health
Kevin Liang, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Business, NBC Universal Scholarship
Irfan Mahmud, Harvard Law School, Law
Kishan Patel, University of California Riverside School of Medicine, Medicine
Vanessa Warri, University of California, Los Angeles, Social Work, Minton-Spidell-Jackowski Scholarship.
The 2020 recipients of the Point Community College Scholarship, including their area of study, school, and Named Scholarship (where applicable) are as follows:
Nicolas Arce, Miami Dade College, Sociology, Donald Cummins Scholarship
Dafne Arellano Villegas, San Diego City College, Ethnic Studies, Receiving the Wells Fargo Scholarship
Dannie Barbour, SUNY Orange Community College, Visual Communications, Receiving the John Hancock Scholarship
Jolina Barron, Northland Pioneer College, Associates of Arts
Nancy Berger, Roxbury Community College, Biotechnology and Biological Services
Austin Boozer, Northeast State Community College, English, Wells Fargo Scholarship
Hilary Cruz, Skyline College, Spanish Language and Literature
Joshua Elizondo, Santa Monica College, World Diplomacy & Affairs, Bryan Fitzgerald Scholarship
Manuel Faria, Miami Dade College, Biology, Miami Beach Pride Scholarship
Pilar Garcia, Columbia State Community College, English
Angelique Walker, Skyline Community College, Automotive Technology
Skyler Weinberg, Chemeketa Community College, Associate of Arts.
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