Charity of the week
Thousands of LGBTQ students in the U.S. drop out of high school each year, often to escape the harassment and isolation they face from other students. As a result, many never receive their high school diplomas or continue on to college. Point Foundation (pointfoundation.org) was founded in 2001 as a scholarship fund to help cover the cost of supplies, books, and other living expenses for LGBTQ college students, many of whom come from lower-income families. Point Scholars are matched with professional mentors who serve as role models and help students build leadership skills that will serve them throughout their careers. Since its inception, the foundation has invested more than $18 million in the education and well-being of its scholars, who have gone on to become doctors, scientists, lawyers, and entrepreneurs.
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