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The Pinnacle Foundation Scholar Ben McGrory on 3KND's ON TRACK

The Pinnacle Foundation works to support young LGBTIQ+ people that have grown up in environments where they have been rejected because of who they are and how they identify. Gaining an education is lifechanging for any young person as it increases their life choices, empowers them, and enriches them. The 2020 recipient for The Berg Family Foundation Scholarship is Benjamin (Ben) Narooz McGrory is from New South Wales. At the end of 2019 after completing his first year of tertiary studies, Benjamin was successful in transferring into a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Law at The University of Sydney in 2020. Benjamin is the first in his family to attend a tertiary institution.

Benjamin completed his HSC through Sydney Distance Education High School. Benjamin faced many adversities during his time as school captain and advocated for the needs of disadvantaged LGBT+ and Indigenous students. Benjamin was recognised by his principal for being the highest achieving Indigenous student in his cohort. Benjamin gained entry into a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Sydney in 2019. There, with the support of Mana Yura (formerly known as the “Koori Centre”), Benjamin completed his first year with a Distinction average. Benjamin achieved an impressive GPA of 82 and frequently participated in MOBS (Mentoring Our Brothers and Sisters), the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mentoring program.

The Pinnacle Foundation is encouraging young LGBTIQ+ Australians and particularly regional, rural and remote and First Nations people, to apply as applications for the 2022 round of scholarships close on the 15th of September.

To apply or for more information visit


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