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Soroptimist Academic Scholarship

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Eligible applicants are graduating high school seniors who:

  • Have a Financial Need
  • Good Citizenship
  • Good Grades
  • Must register and attend college after graduation from high school

DEADLINE: April 15, 2020

Violet Richardson Award Application

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Eligible applicants are young women who:
• are currently between the ages of 14 and 17
• have demonstrated initiative in both identifying a problem and trying to solve it
• have had significant and noteworthy accomplishments as volunteers

DEADLINE: April 15, 2020

Live Your Dream Award

About the Program
The Live Your Dream Award program, Soroptimist’s major service project, aids women seeking to improve their economic status by gaining additional skills, training and education. The program helps women who, as the primary wage earners for their families, must improve their employment status by entering or returning to the work force.

Live Your Dream applicants have faced severe hardships that have prevented them from pursuing and achieving their educational and professional goals. Most are single mothers and/or reliant on public assistance as their source of income. Many are domestic abuse survivors. The Live Your Dream Awards helps these women rebuild their lives through improved employment opportunities.

This unique program supplies women with the resources they need to get ahead. Recipients may use the cash awards to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education, including tuition, books, supplies, childcare and car are. Each year, more than $1 million is awarded through the Live Your Dream Awards program.

Program Structure
The program begins on the club level, where award amounts vary. Club-level recipients become eligible for additional awards at other levels of the organization. In addition, Soroptimist grants three $10,000 finalist awards each year. Since the program’s inception, Soroptimist has funded almost $5.5 million in Live Your Dream Awards and assisted about 1,640 women. In total (including local club activity), approximately $15 million in Live Your Dream Awards has been disbursed to about 25,000 women since the program began in 1972.

How to Apply



Deadline to Clubs is November 15, 2019.

You may also want to check out our International Website: www.soroptimist.org

Soroptimist Ruby Award: For Women Helping Women

Around the world, many women are working to improve the lives of women and girls. Some women work to improve conditions for women and girls through their personal or volunteer efforts; others do so through professional avenues.  Although not Soroptimists, their work helps promote the issues that are important to Soroptimists, while offering inspirational stories about how to make a difference in the lives of women.Ruby is also a gemstone associated with wisdom, importance, vitality, strength, power and love: All words embodying the award recipients. This award honors women who are making extraordinary differences in the lives of other women. Examples would be a woman who helps to establish a domestic violence shelter, a woman who starts a mentoring program for at-risk girls, or a woman who lobbies her company to provide on-site child care. This program will give the club and the entire organization the opportunity to say “thank you” and encourage others to explore ways to assist women.

A Ruby Award recipient should be a woman who:

• has worked to improve the lives of women and girls,

• has had a significant impact on the lives of women and girls,

• would inspire and encourage other women.


Other Awards:

Melanie Rose Kinner Award- This award is for a High School Senior Girl who has succeeded despite seemingly insurmountable odds. The awardee is selected by their high school counselors.

Lucile McCready Memorial Award- This award is for 6th-8th grade boys or girls that are excelling despite learning challenges.  These awardees are selected by their school counselors or teachers.

Darliene Lundberg Scholarship– This award is for a female college student taking upper division courses,.who is ideally pursuing a degree in a field to benefit women and children.  Must be a resident of Tehama County.  The application is due April 15 of every year.

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