Live Your Dream Awards

Since the Live Your Dream Awards program began in 1972, about $30 million in education grants have been disbursed to assist tens of thousands of women achieve their dreams of a better life for themselves and their families. Here, in Desert Coast Region, in 2014 our clubs provided nearly $70,000 in educational grants to 64 women. Many clubs also go beyond financial support by providing mentoring, job readiness assistance, help with child care and tutoring and help with other expenses.

View more inspirational videos of past recipients.

Do you know a woman who might be eligible for a Live Your Dream Award? Ask her to submit an application or contact the Desert Coast Region Live Your Dream Award Coordinator

The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards (formerly the Women’s Opportunity Awards) assists women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects.

Each year, more than $1.6 million in education grants are awarded to more than 1,200 women, many of whom have overcome enormous obstacles including poverty, domestic violence and/or drug and alcohol abuse. Live Your Dream Awards recipients may use the cash award to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education, such as books, childcare, tuition and transportation.

The Live Your Dream Awards involves three levels of cash awards. The program begins at the local Soroptimist club-level, where award amounts vary. Local-level award recipients become eligible for region-level awards of either $3,000 or $5,000. Region-level award recipients then become eligible to receive one of three international-level awards of $10,000.

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