Point Foundation Announces 2021 Flagship Scholarship Recipients

During 20th Anniversary Year, Organization to Award Record Number of Scholarships

LOS ANGELES, June 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Point Foundation (Point), the nation’s largest scholarship granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students, announced its 2021 Flagship Scholarship recipients. Since its founding in 2001, Point has invested $43 million in supporting college educations. Each Point scholar receives financial support, access to multiple leadership development programs, mentorship or coaching, and the support of a community of scholars and alumni to help them succeed.

20th Anniversary Logo for Point Foundation
20th Anniversary Logo for Point Foundation

In this, its 20th anniversary year, 21 new Point Flagship Scholars were selected from a pool of more than 2,000 applicants; they will join 38 current recipients. Over the final two weeks of Pride Month, Point will also welcome 58 students to their Community College Scholarship Program, award 45 BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) Scholarships, and another 60 students will receive Opportunity Grants. Overall, Point plans to award more than 320 scholarships in the 2021-22 academic year ahead.

“We received more than 2000 applications for the Flagship Scholar program this year, and it was one of our most competitive selections ever,” said Jorge Valencia, Executive Director and CEO. “We know these scholars will succeed and we’re here for them every step of the way. I’m also excited to announce that in the coming weeks we will award more Community College and BIPOC scholarships than ever before – more than doubling the number of students we supported last year.”

The 2021 Point Scholars, including their area of study, degree, school, and Named Scholarship (where applicable) are as follows:  


  • Sofia Arlen, Yale UniversityEthics, Politics, and Economics
  • Morgan Beaven, Arizona State University, Public Service and Public Policy, Wells Fargo Scholarship
  • Andreas Copes, Temple University, Communication and Journalism Studies
  • Donnavan Dillon, University of Kansas, Political Science, Alfred A. Cave Scholarship
  • Manny Faria, Stanford University, Neurobiology, Jeff Ogle & Jeff Stearns Scholarship
  • Isaac James, University of Texas at Austin, Government, Plan II Honors, and LGBTQ Studies, Patti Sue Mathis Scholarship
  • Felix Kiene-Gualtieri, New York University, Photography and Imaging, Wells Fargo Scholarship 
  • Jo Lew, Southern Methodist University, Political Science, Public Policy, and Human Rights
  • Arianna Peró, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Physics and Human Rights, Synchrony Foundation Scholarship
  • Marc Ridgell, Washington University in St. Louis, African and African American Studies, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, & Sociology
  • Yvin Shin, Columbia University, Political Science and Neuroscience, Stacy R. Friedman Scholarship
  • Jenna Smith, Duke University, Political Science, Wells Fargo Scholarship
  • Erin Wilson, Spelman College, Theoretical Astrophysics, Michael J. Jeffrey and Jeffrey J. Mitchell Scholarship  

Graduate School 

  • Davy Deng, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health,  
  • Adriann Dolphin, Harvard University, Business
  • Jessie Garcia Gutiérrez, University of California, Berkeley, Social Welfare & Public Health, Victoria’s Secret Scholarship
  • Em Kuo, Northwestern University, Business
  • Kelvin Moore, University of California, San Francisco, Medicine
  • Sydney Rinehart, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Social Work, Rand Skolnick Endowed Scholarship
  • Mikiko Thelwell, University of California, Los Angeles, Medicine, Anchor Trust Scholarship
  • Jamar Williams, Harvard UniversityPublic Policy & Business

This year’s scholarship awards are made possible because of the generosity of lead supporters which include (in alphabetical order): Coach Foundation, DTS, FedEx, Lands’ End, Katy Perry, MacKenzie Scott, Toyota, Victoria’s Secret, Wells Fargo, and more.

About Point Foundation  
Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society. Since 2002, Point has awarded more than 400 scholarships, making it the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit. Point Foundation promotes change through scholarship funding, mentorship, leadership development and community service training.   pointfoundation.org|facebook.com/pointfoundation|twitter.com/pointfoundation| instagram.com/pointfoundation

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Point Foundation: LGBTQ Students Apply for Scholarships

LOS ANGELESOct. 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students enrolling in undergraduate or graduate programs for the 2019-2020 academic year are encouraged to apply online for a Point Foundation Scholarship. Point Foundation (Point) is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit and currently is providing financial assistance and programmatic support to 97 students.

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Apply for Point Foundation scholarshipsApplications open online November 1, 2018 at www.pointfoundation.org/apply.

Students may submit their application until 11:59 p.m. PST January 28, 2019

A short application information video is available online.


According to a survey by StudentLoanHero.com, LGBTQ students accrue $16,000 more debt on average than their heterosexual peers. Moreover, nearly a third of LGBTQ students report being discriminated against because of their gender identity or sexual orientation when seeking financial assistance for higher education. Recognizing that LGBTQ students face distinct financial disadvantages and marginalization, Point Foundation provides its scholarship recipients with mentoring and leadership development training as well as financial support.

“Despite the constant attacks on our community, our LGBTQ young people are eager to develop the skills they need to fight back against discrimination and become the leaders our country so desperately needs,” said Jorge Valencia, Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer of Point Foundation. “These students’ determination to create an equitable society that values and celebrates diversity needs to be – and can be – realized with our support.”

To receive a Point Foundation Scholarship, candidates must demonstrate academic excellence, leadership skills, community involvement, and financial need. Attention is given to applicants who have experienced marginalization and/or are working to improve the lives of marginalized groups, particularly the LGBTQ community.

Past Point Foundation scholarship recipients

Speaking at the 2018 Point Honors Los Angeles event, Herb Hamsher Point Scholar Nia Clark, a social work student at California State University, proudly told the audience:

“I am bigger than the discrimination that threatens my black Trans existence every day. I am somebody. I’m a leader. I’m a Point Scholar. And I’m going to change the world by living authentically and unapologetically in my truth.”

Once selected, each scholar is paired with a mentor and participates in leadership development training with fellow Point Scholars. Point Scholars also give back to the LGBTQ community by completing an individual community service project each year. After graduation, scholars become part of Point’s growing alumni network, connecting them with caring individuals and professional contacts in a wide range of fields throughout the nation. Since 2002, Point has awarded more than 450 scholarships.

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. New Named Scholarships for the 2019 – 2020 academic year will include: CAA Point Scholarship; FedEx Point Scholarship; Stacy R. Friedman Point Scholarship; and the Patti Sue Mathis Point Scholarship.

The 2019 class of Point Foundation Scholarship recipients will be announced in June 2019 for LGBTQ Pride Month.

About Point Foundation
About Point Foundation: Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society. Since 2002, Point has awarded more than 400 scholarships. The Foundation promotes change through scholarship funding, mentorship, leadership development and community service training. www.pointfoundation.org

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