Each year, Soroptimist International of Poway recognizes four outstanding members of the community who are working
to make the world a better place for women and girls, and honors them with an awards ceremony and breakfast in May. The Making a Difference for Women Awards
includes: the Soroptimist Women�s Opportunity Award, the Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award, the Soroptimist Ruby Award: Women Helping Women Award.
Soroptimist Women�s Opportunity Award
The Soroptimist Women's Opportunity Award has helped tens of thousands of women to achieve their personal and professional goals through
continuing education and enhanced employment opportunities. At a local level, this award is a cash grant of $1000 to assist women who are the primary income
provider for their families while pursuing an education. Winners of the Soroptimist International of Poway Women�s Opportunity Award may go on to compete
at the District and Federation levels for additional grant money of up to $10,000.
This award honors young women who volunteer in the community and are committed to making the world a better place. Girls between 14 and 17 years of age who
are dedicated any volunteer activity, such as fighting drugs, crime and violence; cleaning up the environment; and working the end discrimination and poverty
, may be eligible to win a cash award of $500 for her personal use, plus an additional $500 for the organization of her choice. Winners of the Soroptimist
International of Poway Violet Richardson Award may go on to compete at the District and Federation levels for additional money of up to $4,500.
Soroptimist Ruby Award for Women Helping Women Award
Formerly the Soroptimist Making a Difference for Women Award, the Soroptimist Ruby Award: For Women Helping Women recognizes and honors the first federation president, Ruby Lee Minar. We are deeply
appreciative of all they do, and this award is way of publicly honoring them for their hard work.
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