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 Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards (formally the Women’s Opportunity Awards) program.
How To Apply
Deadline: Applications are due on November 15th and must be emailed or mailed as set forth in Step 4 below. This year's Live Your Dream 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 Live Your Dream Award (formally the 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, "SIMC-LYD-Application-LG.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 SIMC-LYD-Reference-Form.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 Soroptimist International of Marin County at email@example.com. You can also mail to Soroptimist International of Marin County, P.O. Box 150704, San Rafael, CA 94915-0704 by November 15th. If you have any questions, email Kit at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications submitted directly to Soroptimist headquarters in Philadelphia will NOT be considered.