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Soroptimist Dream Grant

Soroptimist International of Willimantic Dream Grants help women overcome obstacles to living their dreams. This new grant is all about helping women who have faced economic and personal hardships to live their dreams. The program helps women build a better life for themselves. The Soroptimist Dream Grant funds up to $500 which can be used for licensing fees, testing fees, tuition or transportation including bus passes and gas cards.

Applicants are eligible if they are a female identified person who:

   Has financial need and is motivated to achieve her education and career goals.

   Has been accepted to, enrolled in or completed a vocational/skills training program or undergraduate degree program.

   Resides in Windham, Tolland, or New London County

Applications are accepted any time throughout the year. Recipients will be notified within 45 days of receiving their application. Not all applicants will be selected for funding. Your application will be reviewed by a panel of Soroptimist member judges. All information will remain confidential and will not be shared without your prior permission.

Checks will be made out to the licensing and/or testing organization.

To download an application, please click here. You will also need to ask two references to complete the reference form which is available here. Both the application and reference forms need to be mailed to siwillimantic@soroptimist.net

The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards (formerly the Women’s Opportunity Awards) assists women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families, the opportunity to achieve their career goals by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects.
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.

Each year, more than $1.6 million in education grants are awarded by SIA 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.

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. Also, please note only residents of Soroptimist International of the Americas member countries and territories are eligible to apply for the educational grants.

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.

The Live Your Dream Awards involves three levels of cash awards. The program begins at the local Soroptimist club-level, where award amounts vary. Our Willimantic club awards a first place winner a cash award of $1,200. Local-level award recipients become eligible for region-level awards of either $3,000 or $5,000. Region-level award recipients then become eligible to receive one of three international-level awards of $10,000.

Please participate (yourself or by recruiting a woman who is eligible) in this year's program. Completed applications (including eligibility form and two letters of recommendation) are due by January 15, 2019. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.

To receive an application by mail, please email us. To download an application, please click here. Please complete the Live Your Dream Eligibility List to make sure you qualify for this award. You will also need to download the reference form that needs to be completed. All forms are in PDF format.

The best and easiest way to apply is on the SIA Website through the application portal at this link:   http://bit.ly/LYDA-apply

Soroptimist Women Helping Women
The Soroptimist Women Helping Women Award honors women who have worked to improve the lives of women and girls through their professional and/or volunteer work. The work of these women helps to promote the issues that are important to the Soroptimist organization. Honorees are ordinary women who have worked in extraordinary ways to benefit women and girls. Examples of the type of work honored include: spearheading an effort to open a domestic violence shelter, starting a mentoring program for at-risk girls, or lobbying companies to provide on-site child care. The program enables our local Soroptimist club to thank these women and encourage others to explore ways to assist women and girls. The award winner from our club receives a $250.00 donation to the charity of her choice.

To download the nomination form, please click here. As with all the other forms on our website, this form is in PDF format.


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