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Application Deadline: November 15, 2017

Live Your Dream

Live Your Dream: Education & Training Awards for Women

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

Deadline: Applications are due each year by November 15th

SILA -Live Your Dream Program

LiveYourDream.org inspires people from all walks of life to live their dreams, while helping less fortunate women and girls to live theirs. Through the presentation of grants receipients accomplish lasting change through hands-on opportunities, awareness and advocacy efforts, and financial support.

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.

The Live Your Dream Awards involves three levels of cash awards. The program begins at the local Soroptimist club-level, where award amounts vary. 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.

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. In 2007, the program received the Associations Advance America Summit Award—ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership's highest level of recognition.

How to Apply

To determine if you are eligible, complete the ELIGIBILITY CHECKLIST by clicking here.

Click here to fill out the application.
Note: Once all parts of the form are completed, select "Save As" from the "File" menu and change the file name (for example, "SILA-LYD-Application-2017-LG.pdf," where "LG" are your initials.), then click "Save."

You will need two different people to fill out the reference form ("SILA-LYD-Reference-Form-2017.pdf"). Please email this form to your references and request that they email the forms back to you when completed.

Mail your application so that it will arrive by November 15th to the following address:

ATTENTION: Charlotte Lerchenmuller
Soroptimist International of Los Angeles
PO Box 861897
Los Angeles, CA 90086-1897
via email to clerch1@dslextreme.com
with subject line note:
"LYD Application"