Preparing Your Application



Here are a few things you can do to prepare your application:

  • Plan who your reference(s) will be: No need to collect letters; we provide an online reference form. Until then, think about who your two biggest cheerleaders are ... they can be mentors, teachers, counselors, supervisors, colleagues, or case managers. Only one reference is required. The second is optional but will make your application stronger.
  • Draft your personal statement: The Live Your Dream Awards are all about helping women who have faced obstacles on the path to living their dreams. Since 1972, the award has provided tens of thousands of women with cash grants to help them achieve their educational and career goals. In 750 words or less, tell us how you think this could help you live your dream.
  • Prepare a budget of your expenses and income. If you'd like help doing this, consult our budget tips worksheet.
  • Mark your calendar: The Application System is open August 15 - November 15 each year. All materials must be submitted by November 15!


Applying for a Live Your Dream Award

Get an overview of how to apply, how to strengthen your application, and what to expect after you apply. 

Quick tips for applying



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