P.O. Box 861897, Los Angeles, CA 90086-1897


Soroptimist International of Los Angeles Fellowship for Women in Graduate Study

Soroptimist is a global volunteer organization that provides women and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment. Soroptimist International of Los Angeles is offering its annual fellowship to an outstanding woman graduate student.

This student must be attending graduate school in Los Angeles County, California. The award of $3,500 is for the 2020-2021 academic year. The field of study is open, but consideration will be given to candidates who have high financial need and contribute to the betterment of a community through volunteer efforts, with particular attention to the betterment of women and girls.

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates must be enrolled in a graduate degree program at an accredited institution of higher education in Los Angeles County. Candidates must also have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and 3 letters of reference are required.

Official transcripts of upper division (junior and senior years) and/or graduate level work must be sent directly from the school’s Registrar to the Chair of the Fellowship Committee at Fellowship@Soroptimist-LosAngeles.org. A personal interview is required of finalists. Finalist interviews will be conducted on January 30, 2021. The winner of this Fellowship Award will be announced in February 2021.


See stories of the 2020 winners below

Angela Palmieri

Angela Palmieri

A sixth grade Spanish dual language immersion teacher at John Muir Elementary School in Glendale, Angela has been an educator for over nineteen years, teaching in Los Angeles, Detroit, and San Francisco. Ms. Palmieri is a graduate of the UCLA Principal Leadership Institute and holds a B.A. degree in Urban Learning Education and an M.A. degree in Reading/Language Arts Education from CSULA, as well as an M.A. degree in Educational Administration from UCLA. In 2016, Ms. Palmieri traveled to New Zealand on a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching to document and research the cultural pedagogical practices of Maori-medium schools. She is also the recipient of a Fulbright Hayes grant from UC Berkeley's Tang Center for Silk Road Studies and a Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History grant. Ms. Palmieri is in the second year of her doctoral studies in the Educational Leadership Program at UCLA.

Ana Yaneiry Barrios

Ana Yaneiry Barrios

Ana is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a double major in Social Sciences and Contemporary Latino and Latin American Studies. She is currently a first year MSW student at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. As a daughter of a domestic violence survivor, Ana has a passion to lead, serve, and support survivors of violence, especially those who identify as undocumented. Ms. Barrios is devoted to creating safe environments for survivors of violence who live with debilitating traumas and to empowering them through life’s most difficult challenges. She hopes to bring awareness to the issue of violence and end the existing stigma that prevents survivors from seeking support and mental health services.