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The LIVE YOUR DREAM AWARD assists women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, employment prospects

and standard of living.


Each year Soroptimist International awards more than $2.8 million in education grants, to over 1,700 women; many who have overcome enormous obstacles including poverty, domestic violence and/or drug and alcohol abuse. The Live Your Dream Award recipients may use the cash award to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education, such as tuition, books, childcare, 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. 


If you qualify and live in Soroptimist International of Poway’s service area we encourage you to apply for one of our $1,000 Live Your Dream awards.  The application period is from August 1 to November 15. 


Local award recipients are eligible for region-level awards of $3,000 or $5,000, and regional award recipients then become eligible to receive one of three international-level awards of $10,000.


Since the Soroptimist International scholarship award program began in 1972, about $30 million in education grants have been disbursed to assist tens of thousands of women to achieve their dreams of a better life for themselves and their families!





Why Women and Girls

When you save a girl, you save a woman
When you save a woman, you save a family
When you save a family, you save a community
When you save a community, you save a nation
When you save a nation, you save the world


        — Written by a Soroptimist Live Your Dream                                 Award Recipient



SIP awarded $17,500 in scholarships plus $950 of additional gifts to very deserving women in our local area. The scholarships ranged from $1,000 to $3,500.

These 9 inspirational women are supporting 18 children and 2 parents, and 2 siblings. They aspire to be  lawyers, nurse, surgeon, psychotherapist, customs broker, cyber security and criminal justice. Many of them are survivors of domestic violence. They were lauded for their tenacity, determination, and commitment to fulfilling their dreams of a better life for themselves and their families.

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