|Point Foundation: Mentoring LGBT Scholars for Ten Years|
Point Foundation was founded by Bruce Lindstrom and Carl Strickland in 2001 to provide financial support, mentoring, leadership, training and hope to meritorious students who are marginalized due to sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
Point Foundation seeks the partnership of philanthropic individuals, corporations and foundations to supply financial support, professional guidance and a network of contacts for undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students who are underprivileged and/or have been socially marginalized — principally by reason of sexual orientation, gender expression or gender identity. Point recognizes that individuals may be socially marginalized or even abandoned by family, friends and society because of their sexual orientation, gender expression or gender identity. Yet these lives should not be further disadvantaged as they prepare for the future. Point also attempts to identify students who have exceptional financial needs that would require personal assistance for personal success. Point believes that these individuals would benefit from a support system that facilitates their preparation for the future to help ensure a lifetime of effectual leadership and exceptional productivity. By identifying and supporting these scholars, Point hopes to provide a greater level of acceptance, respect and tolerance within future generations for all persons, regardless of sexual orientation, gender expression or gender identity. Additionally, Point believes in honoring both the scholars and the donors who are investing in the future. Therefore, Point honors the donors, if they so choose, by creating a legacy named after themselves, or as a memorial for a loved one. This arrangement ensures their personal identification with scholars and with the mission of Point Foundation in perpetuity.
"Our Point Scholars represent the best and brightest in our community, coming from diverse educational fields, genders and gender identities, sexual orientations, racial backgrounds, economic circumstances and geography. Our scholars are chosen for their demonstrated leadership, scholastic achievement, involvement in the LGBT community, and financial need."
— Bruce Lindstrom
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