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Live Your Dream Application

The Live Your Dream Awards offers three levels of cash awards. Eligible applicants can submit their application between August 1 - November 15. Ultimately, a Live Your Dream Awards finalist has the potential to receive up to $16,000 to help offset tuition costs, purchase books, get transportation, or find reliable childcare so she can worry less about how to pay her bills and focus on reaching her dreams.


  Deadline: Applications are due each year by November 15. Award recipients will be notified between January and June.

   Not all applicants will be selected for awards. Applications can only be submitted to one club. Your application will be reviewed by a panel of judges, but all information will remain confidential and will not be shared without your prior permission.

Step 1: Determine if you are eligible

    You are eligible 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, 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.

• Has a Social Security number or Tax ID number. (This is required for tax purposes and is only necessary if you are a resident of the United States. You will not be asked to share this information unless you have been given an award.)

Step 2: Tell us about yourself

    Fill out the award application telling us about yourself. Your information will be kept confidential and shared only with the evaluators unless you give us written permission to use your story to publicize the program. (Media consent form can be found at the bottom of this page)

Step 3: Ask people to tell us about you (Reference letter can be found at the bottom of this page)

    You will need two different people—who are not related to you—to fill out the reference forms you received with this application. It is recommended that you request references from people who know you from an education or work setting. Please upload these forms at the bottom of this application once they have been completed.

    Only two references will be accepted. Please use the forms provided and do not submit reference letters.

Step 4: Submit your application

Incomplete applications or applications received without reference forms will not be considered.

Part 1

Single choice

Part 2 - What are your education and career goals?

Are you working while you are getting your education?

Part 3 - Financial information

INCOME: Please list your ANNUAL household income and savings (from the money you have left after taxes) in the chart below.

Please list any additional income, including income other household members receive.

 EXPENSES: Please list your ANNUAL household expenses in the chart below

Please list any additional expenses.

Part 4 - Tell us about yourself

Part 5 - Agreement

Please read the following information carefully.

When you type your name below, you are agreeing to what you have read.

• I certify that all the information provided in this application is complete and accurate to the best of my knowledge. I will notify Soroptimist if there are any changes.

• I understand this award is not a scholarship and is therefore taxable for citizens of the United States. (For more information, consult IRS publication 520. Residents of other countries should check their local tax laws.)

• I certify that this is the only application I have made—in any format or to any address—this year for a Soroptimist Live Your Dream Award.

• I understand that my application may be submitted electronically for evaluation.

• I understand that my application becomes the property of Soroptimist International of the Americas. The application will be considered confidential unless the applicant grants Soroptimist written permission to release personal information for the purpose of publicizing the award.

How did you hear about the Soroptimist Live Your Dream Award?
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