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.
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 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.
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.
Each year Soroptimist clubs search for candidates to be nominated to the Live Your Dream Awards. Nominees are received by the Club starting August 2016. Judges from Soroptimist International of Mandaluyong selects best 3 qualified candidates. Selection is done in November, followed by Final Judging.
The selected candidate will be forwarded to the District Level for the Distirct Judging. The winner in the District Judging will be forwarded the National Judging. National Judging is done every March of the following year.