Live Your Dream Award

Sierra Nevada Region - Live Your Dream Award

About the Program

The Live Your Dream Award program, Soroptimist International’s major service project, aids women seeking to improve their economic status by gaining additional skills through training and education. The program helps women who, as the primary wage earners for their families, must improve their employment status by entering or returning to the work force.

Live Your Dream applicants have faced severe hardships that have prevented them from pursuing and achieving their educational and professional goals. Most are single mothers and/or reliant on public assistance as their primary source of income. Many are domestic abuse survivors. The Live Your Dream Award helps these women rebuild their lives through improved employment opportunities.

This unique program supplies women with the resources they need to get ahead. Recipients may use the cash award to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education, including tuition, books, supplies, childcare and transportation. Each year, more than $1 million is awarded through the Live Your Dream Award program.

Program Structure

The program begins on the club level, where award amounts vary. Club-level recipients become eligible for additional awards at other levels of the organization. In addition, Soroptimist International grants three $10,000 finalist awards each year. Since the program’s inception, Soroptimist International has funded almost $5.5 million in Live Your Dream Awards and assisted about 1,640 women. In total (including local club activity), approximately $15 million in Live Your Dream Awards has been disbursed to about 25,000 women since the program began in 1972.

How to Apply

Awards are first granted at the club level. To find out more information, email the region coordinator at liveyourdream@soroptimistsnr.org. Be sure to include the area you live so she can put you in contact with local clubs.

Deadline to Clubs is November 15, 2017.

Deadline to Region from Club is February 1, 2018.

Check out the Soroptimist International Website for more information: http://www.soroptimist.org/awards/live-your-dream-awards.html