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Soroptimist International of L.A. is the Los Angeles Club of an international organization of professional and business women who strive to improve the lives of women and girls in their local communities and throughout the world.

Since 1948, Soroptimist International of Los Angeles has awarded fellowships to women enrolled in graduate programs in accredited institutions of higher learning in Los Angeles County


Joan Johnson Graduate Fellowship Award Winner - Corinne ZahlisCORINNE ZAHLIS

My ultimate goal is to become a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist for foster youth.

Corinne is a first year MPH student at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health in the Department of Health Policy and Management. She also holds a BS in Biology and Community Health from Tufts University.

Corinne has a passion for empowering women's and young people’s health choices, which is reflected in both her professional and volunteer experiences. In addition to her health policy studies, Corinne is involved with reproductive health and health education organizations at UCLA.

Prior to returning to graduate school, Corinne coordinated a mobile vision program for preschoolers at underserved schools in the Bay Area, and worked as a health educator in Boston. In her (limited) free time, Corinne enjoys baking for her family and friends and running half marathons.

Joan Johnson Fellowship Award winner - Lucero NoyolaLUCERO NOYOLA

Lucero Noyola is a Mexican American first-gen graduate student at USC pursuing her Masters in Social Work.

As a young teenager, she experienced the juvenile justice and foster care systems. Foster care helped her turn her life around. She fell in love with school, and though she made mistakes that led to her becoming a single teenage mother, she fought to obtain her high school diploma and enroll in college.

She utilized welfare benefits, financial aid, and probation foster care supports to survive while she pursued higher education. Lucero is now a student researcher and advocate.

She is the lead researcher for the Beyond Foster Care Study, and core member of the Beyond Foster Care Policy Campaign. She is the Program Coordinator for Echoes of Hope, and Social Work Intern for an interdisciplinary dental and social work program called the Child Health and Maintenance Program at USC.