Paramount creates scholarship with The Pinnacle Foundation

By AdNews | 8 July 2024

Paramount ANZ has extended its five-year partnership with Australian LGBTQIA+ education charity The Pinnacle Foundation with a multi-year funding of a flagship scholarship.

The newly-created 'Paramount Scholarship' will be awarded to a young LGBTQIA+ Australian to study media.

The Pinnacle Foundation’s flagship scholarship and mentoring program plays a role in providing educational opportunities to LGBTQIA+ youth facing adversity due to their identity. Each scholar receives personalised mentorship from individuals who share similar experiences and professional interests.

This announcement is supported by 10 News First presenter and The Pinnacle Foundation spokesperson Narelda Jacobs, along with Paramount ANZ’s PROUD Employee Resource Group, made up of LGBTQIA+ employees and allies advocating for community, key causes and an inclusive culture.

Paramount's SVP of content  and programming and PROUD Employee Resource Group co-chair, Daniel Monaghan, said by extending support to The Pinnacle Foundation's scholarship program, the broadcaster aims to amplify LGBTQIA+ representation in the media landscape.

"This partnership not only supports educational aspirations but also celebrates the unique narratives of our scholars," he said.

The Pinnacle Foundation CEO and MD Andrew Staite, said Paramount's commitment to funding the scholarship reflects a shared vision of empowering LGBTQIA+ Australians to achieve their full potential.

"This partnership not only enhances educational outcomes but also raises awareness about the challenges faced by LGBTQIA+ youth," he said.

“Recipients of the Paramount Scholarship will be carefully matched with mentors who have walked their paths, providing scholars with wise counsel, encouragement and inspiration to successfully complete their studies.”

Applications are open until August 31, offering eligible candidates the opportunity to apply for full-time university or TAFE studies. 

The Pinnacle Foundation’s latest campaign via UnLtd, Cocogun, Good Oil, Initiative and TBWA to encourage parents to ‘Make Awkward Awesome’ rolled out a few weeks ago.

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