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Soroptimist International of

San Francisco


Programs & Services

Live Your Dream

Every year, Soroptimist distributes more than $2.9 million in education awards to over 2,000 women all over the world.

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. 

  • 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 and/or attends school in San Francisco (Note: if you are applying for the Soroptimist Int of San Francisco’s club grants.)

  • 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.

  • Has a Social Security number or Tax ID number. (This is required for tax purposes. You will not be asked to share this information unless you have been given an award.


Dream It, Be It Mentorship Program

Soroptimist International of the America’s new global program aims to help girls dream big and then achieve those dreams. Dream It, Be It joins Soroptimist’s other Dream Program, the Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women, to ensure girls have access to the resources they need to live their dreams. The Dream Programs of Soroptimist ensure both women and girls have access to the education and training they need to reach their full potential and live their dreams. Soroptimist is committed to investing in programs that create a sustainable, measurable change for women and girls. In order to ensure we are reaching our goals and helping girls in meaningful, measurable ways, Dream It, Be It has very clearly defined goals and objectives.

  • The DIBI program and curriculum was specifically

designed for girls in secondary school between the

ages of 14-18

Program Goal: Through education and access to role

models, girls will be empowered to pursue their career

goals and reach their full potential.


1. Increase the number of girls who feel prepared to pursue their career goals.
2. Increase the number of girls who feel comfortable creating achievable goals.
3. Increase the number of girls who have tools to overcome obstacles to success.
4. Increase the number of girls who understand the importance of resilience.
5. Increase the number of girls who can connect personal values with possible careers.
6. Increase the number of girls who feel more confident about their future success.
7. Increase the number of girls who have professional role models


Georgia McHugh Scholarship

Established by Soroptimist International of San Francisco in 1991, the Georgia McHugh Scholarship program awards up to two scholarships annually to high school senior girls or female identified people living in San Francisco planning to attend a four-year university or college in California. It is funded by a bequest from a long-time member, the late Georgia McHugh who served as our club President in 1973.

Every year Soroptimist International of San Francisco awards one to two scholarships in the amount of  $5,000. Recipients of the scholarship will also be mentored by our club members during their entire college career. Interviews of the finalists will be in mid-April. We hope applicants will know their college acceptances by then.

  • Currently a high school Senior enrolled in a San Francisco accredited high school.

  • Have a financial need for educational expenses.

  • Be a resident of the City and County of San Francisco.

  • Have enrolled in or will be enrolled in an accredited four-year California college or university as a full-time student.


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