The Soroptimist Live Your Dream: Education and Training
Awards for Women (formerly the Soroptimist Women?s
Opportunity Awards) provides women who serve as the primary wage
earners for their families with the financial resources to
offset costs associated with their efforts to attain higher
education or additional skills and training. Recipients can use
the award for tuition, books, childcare, carfare or any other
education-related expense. Each year, more than $1.6 million is
provided in cash grants to women in need. Since the program?s
inception in 1972, approximately $30 million has helped tens of
thousands of women achieve their dreams of a better life for
themselves and their families?leading to stronger communities,
nations and the world.
The Live Your Dream Award starts at the club level where award
amounts vary. Soroptimist International of Vista will provide a
monetary award of an amount yet to be determined. Club-level
recipients then become eligible for region-level awards granted
in each of Soroptimist28 regions. The first-place region recipients then become
candidates for one of three $10,000 finalist awards.
in applying for the Live Your Dream Awards?
are eligible to apply for the Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards
the primary financial support for yourself and your
dependents. Dependents can include children, spouse, partner,
siblings and/or parents.
Have financial need.
Are enrolled in or have been accepted to a
vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate
Are motivated to achieve your education and career
Have not previously been the recipient of a Live
Your Dream Awards (formerly called the Women?s Opportunity
Do not have a graduate degree.
Are not a Soroptimist member, an employee of
Soroptimist International of the Americas or immediate
family of either.
goal of the new Soroptimist global program Dream It, Be It:
Career Support for Girls is that through education and access to
role models, girls will be empowered to pursue their career
goals and reach their full potential. Surveys, interviews and
focus groups conducted by SIA concluded that girls in secondary
school need access to mentors and trusted adults who can share
their knowledge and experience. The curriculum will cover career
opportunities, setting and achieving goals, overcoming obstacles
to success and moving forward after setbacks or failures.