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Since 1972, the Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards program (formerly the Women’s Opportunity Awards) has disbursed more than $30 million to tens of thousands of women who have overcome poverty, domestic and sexual violence, divorce, the death of a spouse, or other life challenges. They are women—just like you— who had the courage and determination to turn their lives around.

Recipients may use the cash award to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education, including books, childcare and transportation. The program begins on the club level, where award amounts vary. Club recipients become eligible to receive region-level awards, which are granted through Soroptimist’s 28 geographic regions. Currently, each Soroptimist region grants one first- place award for $5,000.

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Formerly the Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Awards

Deadline: Applications are due each year by November 15. Award recipients will be notified between January and June. Not all applicants will be selected for awards. Applications can only be submitted to one club. Your application will be reviewed by a panel of judges, but all information will remain confidential and will not be shared without your prior permission.

Step 1: Determine if you are eligible

You are eligible if you are a woman who:

  • Provides the primary financial support for yourself and your dependents. Dependents can include children, spouse, partner, siblings and/or parents.
  • Has financial need.
  • Is enrolled in or has been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program.
  • Is motivated to achieve your education and career goals.
  • Resides in one of Soroptimist International of the Americas’ member countries/territories (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guam, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Northern Mariana Islands, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, United States of America, Venezuela).
  • Has not previously been the recipient of a Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity or Live Your Dream Award.
  • Does not have a graduate degree.
  • Is not a Soroptimist member, an employee of Soroptimist International of the Americas or immediate family of either.
  • Has a Social Security number or Tax ID number. (This is required for tax purposes and is only necessary if you are a resident of the United States. You will notbe asked to share this information unless you have been given an award.)

Step 2: Tell us about yourself

Fill out the award application telling us about yourself. Your information will be kept confidential and shared only with the evaluators unless you give us written permission to use your story to publicize the program. **You must use Adobe Reader (free to download) to fill out the form. If you do not use Adobe Reader, your answers in the application will not be saved and your submitted application will appear blank.**

  • Step 1: Download Adobe Reader .
  • Step 2: Download Application and Reference Form from right column of this page.
  • Step 3: Open Adobe Reader.
  • Step 4: From the left column, choose ‘My Computer’ and find where you saved the application.
  • Step 5: Open the application within Adobe Reader.
  • Step 6: Hold your mouse over the first blue text box and click.
  • Step 7: Type your responses into the application. (Note: You will not be able to change the type size. Please limit your answers to the space allotted.)
  • Step 8: Once all parts of the form are completed, select “File” and choose “Save As” from the drop down menu.
  • Step 9: Change the file name (for example, “LYDApplicationLG,” where LG are your initials.)
  • Step 10: Click “Save.”
  • Step 11: Submit.

Step 3: Ask people to tell us about you

You will need two different people—who are not related to you—to fill out the reference forms you received with this application (you may download the Reference Form on this page). It is recommended that you request references from people who know you from an education or work setting. Please email this form to your references and request they email the forms back to you when completed. Only two references will be accepted. Please use the form and do not submit reference letters.

Step 4: Submit your application

Attach your application and two reference forms to an email and send to the contact person listed below by November 15. Incomplete applications or applications received without reference forms will not be considered.

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