Live Your Dream Award

Most applications are sent directly to local
Soroptimist Clubs. Club
deadlines for application forms are normally
November 15th.


Region Clubs

- SI Algona
- SI Cedar Rapids/Marion
- SI Des Moines
- SI Fort Madison

- SI Twin Cities
- SI Moorhead
- SI Virginia

- SI Columbus
- SI Lincoln

- SI Omaha

North Dakota:
- SI Fargo

South Dakota:
- SI Sioux Falls

Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women  


The Live Your Dream Award, Soroptimist's major service project,
was established by Soroptimist International of the Americas in 1972
to assist women entering or re-entering the workforce in obtaining the
education and skills training they need to improve their employment status.

Live Your Dream Awards are designed to give
women heads of household, who provide the primary
source of financial support for their families, the
opportunity to achieve their career goals—an
opportunity they have not previously had, whether
because of economic or social barriers, or personal
circumstances. These awards are for women who
are attending, or have been accepted to, a vocational/skills
training program, or an undergraduate degree program.

Club winners become eligible to receive region–level
awards. Every year, 29 geographic regions throughout
North, Central and South America, and Asia each grant
one $5,000 first–place award, and one or more $3,000
awards. The first place winners continue on to compete
for federation awards of $10,000.

Eligibility Requirements

You are eligible to apply for the Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards if you are a woman who:

  • Provides the primary financial support for yourself and your dependents. Dependents can include children, spouse, partner, siblings and/or parents.
  • Has financial need.
  • Is enrolled in or has been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program.
  • Is motivated to achieve your education and career goals.
  • Resides in one of Soroptimist International of the Americas’ member countries/territories (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia,
    Ecuador, Guam, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Northern Mariana Islands, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, United States of America, Venezuela).
  • Has not previously been the recipient of a Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity or Live Your Dream Award.
  • Does not have a graduate degree.
  • Is not a Soroptimist member, an employee of Soroptimist International of the Americas or immediate family of either.
  • Has a Social Security number or Tax ID number. (This is required for tax purposes and is only necessary if you are a resident of the United States. You will not be asked to share this information unless you have been given an award.)


At-large applications are also accepted each year
from July 1st until November 15th at Soroptimist International of the
Americas or by Region Governors.
These applications must
go through a process of sorting and forwarding to the nearest
local club and thus must be submitted by the November 15 deadline.
Applications received after November 15th and before July 1st will
not be considered.

For more information on at-large application and application
materials, go to the Soroptimist International
of the Americas site,


Online Application Form

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