The Pinnacle Foundation alumni named 2016 Rhodes Scholar

Ms Harriet Horsfall has been announced as the 2016 Queensland Rhodes Scholar. The first alumni from The Pinnacle Foundation to receive the honour, Harriet joins a small group of just nine 2016 Rhodes scholars in Australia.

Harriet recently graduated with first-class honours from the School of Justice at the Queensland University of Technology. She also received prizes in five different subjects. Harriet was awarded a Pinnacle Foundation scholarship and paired with a mentor in 2011 in order for her to complete her education. She is one of many alumni who are making an outstanding impact on the LGBTIQ* community.

‘To be able to take LGBTIQ issues into the Public Policy environment is an incredible honour,’ she said. ‘I’m thrilled, and humbled to be The Pinnacle Foundation’s first Rhodes scholar. The Pinnacle Foundation was instrumental in my academic success. Small amounts of financial assistance at crucial times, such as providing funds for copy editing my thesis, ensured I continued to meet benchmarks of excellence in my studies.’

Harriet is currently pursuing her passion for equality and women’s empowerment as a volunteer development advisor in Indonesia. She has done similar work in Cambodia, Nepal and Iran – and has also flown the flag for LGBTIQ rights locally and abroad. She also intends to study a Masters of Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford.

Pinnacle Ambassador and professional cricketer, Alex Blackwell agrees, "The Pinnacle Foundation provides a unique opportunity for LGBTIQ youth to link up with successful mentors who have an inherent understanding of the challenges they may be facing at home or in the wider community. This mentoring encourages Pinnacle Foundation scholars to strive for their dream career while being proud of who they are."

The Rhodes Scholarships were founded in 1903 for outstanding students to attend the University of Oxford. Scholars are chosen on academic and intellectual merit, integrity of character, respect for fellow beings and leadership skills. They receive free tuition, airfares and a personal stipend.



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