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Awards & Grants...

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 one reference to complete the reference form which is available here. Both the application and reference form need to be mailed to siwillimantic@soroptimist.net

The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Award assists women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families who are enrolled in or have been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program. 

Our Willimantic club awards our first-place winner $1,500 and if funds are available, additional winners will be chosen for awards up to $1,000.

Live Your Dream Award 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. 

Eligible applicants can submit their application between August 1st to November 15th on line through the application portal at this link: http://bit.ly/LYDA-apply. This is the best and easiest way to apply. After November 15, our club accepts applications until January 15, by using this downloadable form - click here.

To receive an application by email, please email us. 

Every year, Soroptimist distributes more than $2.6 million in education grants to about 1,700 women all over the world. Over half of our Live Your Dream Awards recipients are survivors of domestic violence, trafficking or sexual assault. Nearly all of the women and families we serve have overcome enormous obstacles including poverty, teen pregnancy, and drug or alcohol addiction.

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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