Soroptimists work to improve the lives of women and girls in their communities and throughout the world. There are several award and scholarship opportunities available to help meet this mission. Over the past three years, Soroptimist International of the Twin Cities has awarded over $14,000 to local women and girls.
Women like Lashunda (2017 Live Your Dream winner), who survived domestic violence as a teenage mother. Lashunda is still overcoming adversity in the midst of financial hardship to pursue her education, while working 40 hours a week, empowering herself and her son to succeed. The award will fund her final semester classes so that she can graduate with her B.A. in criminal justice. She plans to apply to law school after that to become a civil rights lawyer.
Girls like Kassie (2017 Resilience Award winner), who supported her disabled father at home, shared the burden of financial hardship, and managing depression by channeling her energy into art and creative outlets. She plans to attend college in the fall, taking steps towards her dream of being a graphic designer.
2017 Soroptimist Awards winners Lashunda (Live Your Dreams Award) and Kassie (Resilience Award)
Live Your Dream Award
Application deadline November 15, 2016 (Upon request, applications can be accepted until December 15.)
A signature project of Soroptomist International of the Americas, this program is intended to assist women heads of households who are entering or re-entering the workforce to obtain the skills and education they need to improve their employment status through higher education.
For more information and applications, click here Live Your Dream Award (aka WOA)
Application deadline February 15
The Resilience Award is intended to assist high school senior girls who have shown resilience and determination in overcoming difficult obstacles to continue their post-secondary education.
2017 Applications and Reference Forms are now available. Click this button to download applications and access additional information. Resilience Award
NCR Past Governor's Award
This is a special award given by the North Central Region for a woman pursuing postgraduate studies. This $2,000 award is given annually through special donations from local clubs within the North Central Region. For more information and applications, click this link
SITC Member Professional Development Award
This is a new award only available to members of Soroptimist International of the Twin Cities members. Intended to promote professional and leadership development, any member in good standing can apply for up to $100 during a club year to help reimburse the member for any expenses associated with furthering their professional development. Examples include enrollment expenses, travel expenses, conference and workshop registrations, software purchases, etc. To apply, download, complete and submit the Professional Development Application to firstname.lastname@example.org.