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.

Applications Now Open

Eligibility Requirements

This student must be attending graduate school in Los Angeles County, California. The award of $3,500 is for the 2021-2022 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.

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 A personal interview is required of finalists. Finalist interviews will be conducted on January 30, 2022. The winner of this Fellowship Award will be announced in February 2022.


See the story of the 2021 winner below

Alejandra Magana Gamero

Alejandra Magana Gamero

Alejandra is a 2nd year doctoral student at UCLA in the Department of Education. Her dissertation examines the experiences of Mexicanas in master’s degree programs and the ways in which master’s degree programs can serve as transformative experiences. She received her bachelor’s degree in 2018 from Santa Clara University in Psychology and Ethnic Studies and her master’s degree in 2019 in Education from UCLA. Alejandra is also the cofounder of Latinas Talk Dinero, a bilingual financial literacy platform whose aim is to empower individuals to take control of their finances and establish a healthy relationship with money. She is passionate about educational equity, access to higher education, and anti-racist pedagogies. In her free time she loves hiking, running, working out, and biking.