Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women

Live Your Dream Awards

February 2021 Update!

The Live Your Dream Award committee is pleased to announce this year’s first place winner: Angelic Mendoza of Gering, NE. We were happy to have 11 applicants this year with 8 of those applications meeting the eligibility requirements. Those eight were judged by our outstanding judges: Ruth Kozal, Jackie Guzman and Julie Newman. Thanks to the members of SI Scotts Bluff County, five women will receive monetary awards: Angelic Mendoza, 1st Place, $1,000; Karen Norton, 2nd Place, $750; Julia Roy, 3rd Place, $500, and Alyssa Sanchez and Yuliana Baltazar, Honorable Mention, $250 each. Rocky Mountain Region Live Your Dream Award Chairman informed us that clubs in our region have given 44 awards amounting to over $57,000 this year (from our clubs). Therefore, the region will be able to give awards to four (4) women from the four districts. These awards are $5,000, $3,000, $2,500 ad $1,500. Angelic plans to be with us on our zoom meeting March 18th. Hopefully, some of the other LYDA winners can also join us over the coming months. Congratulations to all the applicants and thank you to our members for their support.

The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards (formerly the Women’s Opportunity Awards) assist women who provide the primary source of financial support for their family by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects. Each year, more than $1.7 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.

Eligible applicants must be women who provide the primary financial support for their families, and who are enrolled in or have been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program. Applicants must demonstrate financial need. Only residents of Soroptimist International of the Americas' member countries and territories are eligible to apply.

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.

Interested in applying for the Live Your Dream Awards? Determine if you are eligible!

Soroptimist Dream Award—Helping Women Achieve Their Dreams