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CHICAGO — The Point Foundation has opened its 2006 application season by announcing more than a dozen named scholarships, including a partnership with the Matthew Shepard Foundation. The Point Foundation will also continue its partnership with mtvU, MTV’s 24-hour college network.
Recently featured in TIME Magazine and on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Foundation has experienced exponential growth and anticipates 5,000 applicants this year. In 2005, only one out of every 100 applicants was awarded a Point Scholarship. To meet the overwhelming need of LGBT students, Point is actively seeking funds to increase the number of scholarships it can offer in 2006.
A Point Scholarship is the most substantive academic award of its kind, in most cases covering the cost of tuition, books, supplies, room and board, transportation and living expenses. In addition, Point Scholars are matched with mentors from the professional world.
This year, the Point Foundation will partner with the Matthew Shepard Foundation to offer a slate of new named scholarships, awarding $10,000 to three Matthew Shepard-Point Foundation Scholars. The Matthew Shepard Foundation was founded by Dennis and Judy Shepard in memory of their 21-year old son, Matthew, who was murdered in an anti-gay hate crime in Wyoming in October 1998.
“We are thrilled to partner with the Point Foundation and contribute to their work through the Matthew Shepard-Point Scholarships,” said Judy Shepard, executive director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation. “Our family and Foundation are proud to create an educational legacy that honors Matthew’s commitment to service and equality.” Additionally, mtvU will for the second consecutive year support a named scholarship in the amount of $10,000.
The application deadline for this year’s scholarships is March 1, 2006. The application process is open to all LGBT students and student allies nationwide regardless of level of education. For more information visit http://www.thepointfoundation.org/apply.html.