Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women

Live Your Dream Awards

The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards (formerly the Women’s Opportunity Awards) assist 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. Each year, more than $1.7 million in cash awards are awarded to more than 1,200 women, many of whom have overcome enormous obstacles including poverty, domestic violence and/or drug and alcohol abuse. 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.  It is not a scholarship.

Eligible applicants must be women who provide the primary financial support for their families, and who are enrolled in or have been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program. Applicants must demonstrate financial need. Only residents of Soroptimist International of the Americas' member countries and territories are eligible to apply.

Eligibility Requirements

You are eligible to apply for the Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards if you are a woman who:

  • Provides the primary financial support for yourself and your dependents. Dependents can include children, spouse, partner, siblings and/or parents.
  • Has financial need.
  • Is enrolled in or has been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program.
  • Is motivated to achieve your education and career goals.
  • Resides in one of Soroptimist International of the Americas’ member countries/territories (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guam, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, United States of America, Venezuela).
  • Has not previously been the recipient of a Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity or Live Your Dream Award.
  • Does not have a graduate degree.
  • Is not a Soroptimist member, an employee of Soroptimist International of the Americas or immediate family of either.

Since the Live Your Dream Awards program began in 1972, about $30 million in cash awards have been disbursed to assist tens of thousands of women achieve their dreams of a better life for themselves and their families.

To apply for the Live Your Dream Award, please submit your application online at Soroptimist International of the America's (SIA) main apply page here.

When applying, be sure to enter our Club's postal code (95821).  NOTE: This postal code search is essential to starting your application. This will enable you to select our Club (SI Sacramento North, CA).  You will only be allowed to apply to one club.  Duplicate applications will disqualify you. 

There are many videos on this page to help you with finding our club and submitting your application.  We look forward to hearing from you!


Interested in applying for the Live Your Dream Awards? Determine if you are eligible!

Or contact our club's coordinator: Mary Lydon,

Soroptimist Dream Award—Helping Women Achieve Their Dreams