The program begins on the club level. The Marin Soroptimist Club is awarding $1500. 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. Soroptimist disburses more than $1 million annually through this program to help women reclaim their dreams of a better life for themselves and their family. Since 1972, Soroptimist has disbursed about $20 million and helped more than 25,000 women through the Women’s Opportunity Awards program.
How To Apply For the Women's Opportunity Awards
Applications are due on December 1st and must be emailed or mailed as set forth in Step 4 below. This year's Women's Opportunity Award is for $1500.
Step 1: Determine if you are eligible
Eligible applicants must be women who:
- Provide the primary financial support for her family (including children, spouse, siblings and/or parents)
- Have financial need
- Are enrolled in or have been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program
- Reside in one of Soroptimist International of the Americas’ member countries/territories (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guam, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, United States of America, Venezuela).
- Have not previously been the recipient of a Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Award; are not a Soroptimist member, employee or immediate family of either.
Step 2: Click here to download the application.
Note: Once all parts of the form are completed, select "Save As" from the "File" menu and change the file name (for example, "woaonlineappLG.pdf," where "LG" are your initials.) Click "Save."
Step 3: Obtain References
You will need two different people to fill out the reference form (Click here to download ReferenceForm.pdf). Please email this form to your references and request that they email the forms back to you when completed.
Step 4: Email your application
Completed applications must be emailed to our Awards Chair, Michelle Schultz at email@example.com or our Awards Chair, Kathryn Ball at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also mail to: Soroptimist International of Marin County, P.O. Box 150704, San Rafael, CA 94915-0704 by December 1, 2012. If you have any questions, contact Molly Nugent at 415-302-4324.
Applications submitted directly to Soroptimist headquarters in Philadelphia will NOT be considered.