Nearly one third of LGBT students drop out of high school due to violence, harassment, and isolation, which is seven times the national average. Point Foundation works to counteract this trend. Their mission is to empower promising lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential—despite the obstacles often put before them—to make a significant impact on society. Point provides grants for higher education as well as leadership training and internship opportunities. They also match each scholar in their program to a mentor with whom they work to design and implement an annual community service project that supports the LGBT community.
Since its founding in 2001, Point has awarded approximately 400 scholarships including 85 for the current academic year. Point alumni include elected officials, doctors, scientists, filmmakers, authors, lawyers, academics, business professionals, and entrepreneurs.
“I don’t often see people with my background who are successful and in positions of power. But attending the transfer sympoisium I was inspired by how much queer/trans people have been able to do. It’s only made me more excited to finally graduate, continue organizing around social justice, and eventually reach my goal of working internationally with queer/trans immigrants.” ~participant Laith Ocean Rodriguez
FBB is honored is support Point Foundation and the work they do to empower marginalized LGBT youth.