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WOMEN'S OPPORTUNITY AWARDS

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Soroptimist Women's Opportunity Awards: Helping Women Live Their Dreams

The Women’s Opportunity Awards program 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.2013 Soroptimist Women's Opportunity Awards Recipient Aziza Kibibi McGill

Each year, more than $1.5 million in education grants are awarded to more than 1,000 women, many of whom have overcome enormous obstacles including poverty, domestic violence and/or drug and alcohol abuse. Women’s Opportunity Award 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.

In addition to providing the primary financial support for their families, eligible applicants must be enrolled in, or have been accepted to, a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program and must demonstrate financial need. Also, please note only residents of Soroptimist International of the Americas’ member countries and territories are eligible to apply for the educational grants.

The Women’s Opportunity Awards program 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.

Since the Women’s Opportunity 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. In 2007, the Women's Opportunity Awards received the Associations Advance America Summit Award—ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership's highest level of recognition.

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Watch short videos featuring past award recipients

Dawn Johnson, 2012

Gladyn Minzey, 2011

Kimberly Thompson, 2010

Lisa Boyd, 2010

Lisa Curless, 2009

Joyce Snow, 2008

Colleen Sword, 2008

This is my dream: Tyra Wright-Johnson

This is my dream: Sena Kimbrell

Interested in helping women through this award-winning program? Visit LiveYourDream.org and find out how!

     

 

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