Live Your Dream

Soroptimist’s Live Your Dream 

Soroptimist’s Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women assist women who provide the primary financial support for their families. Live Your Dream Awards give women the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects. Providing access to education is the most effective path to self-determination.

 

Live Your Dream Awards give women the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects. Providing access to education is the most effective path to self-determination.

Over half of our Live Your Dream Awards recipients are survivors of domestic violence, trafficking or sexual assault. Nearly all of the women and families we serve have overcome enormous obstacles including poverty, teen pregnancy, and drug or alcohol addiction. 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.

The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards are a terrific way to make a BIG difference in the lives of women—and their families. Although the awards address an economic need and make a difference in a practical way, we know they also affect women in a personal way. Women who have received the award report an increase in self-confidence and self-esteem, and pride for being recognized for having the courage to change their lives.

Every year, Soroptimist distributes more than $2.6 million in education grants to about 1,700 women all over the world.

 

Live your dreams recipients

The Raleigh Club grants $2,000 to each local award recipient. One of these awardees is submitted for consideration for a Soroptimist Central East Coast Region award (up to $1,500). Region recipients are then considered for one of two awards ($3,000 and $5,000) from Soroptimist International of the Americas.

How To Apply

The Live Your Dream  Awards application cycle is open August 1 –  November 15 each year. We will update this page during that time. Meanwhile, click the button below to learn more about eligibility and application requirements.

 

Real Stories

Here are a few stories of some recipients of the Live Your Dream Awards.

2019 Live Your Dream Awards

2019 Live Your Dream Awards

This award offers financial assistance to women who need education or skills training to enter or re-enter the workforce.  The awards are designed to give women heads of household, who are the primary source of financial support for their families, the opportunity to...

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2018 LYD Awardees

2018 LYD Awardees

Meet Our 2018 Awardees First Place Awardee: SHENITA D.$5,000 Cash Award Shenita will receive her Bachelor of Science in Genetics from NC State University this spring. Her goal is to work in research and ultimately to attain a future dual degree in law and...

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2017 LYD Awardees

2017 LYD Awardees

Meet Our 2017 Awardees First Place Awardee:  NINA MEDJIBE$5,000 Cash Award Nina Flore Medjibe Mapouka is working diligently to achieve her goal of becoming a Registered Nurse and fulfilling her dream of serving people. Nina finished the first phase of her...

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