Live Your Dream Award Eligibility Requirements

The application period for the Live Your Dream Award is from August 1 – November 15.

You are eligible to apply for the Soroptimist Live Your Dream award 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.)

Be sure to select “Soroptimist International of Mission Valley” on your application!


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The application period begins August 1, 2019. Please provide your cotact information and we will email you a reminder with a link and instructions to complete your application.

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Past Recipients

Claudia – 2016-17

Career Goal: Teacher
Claudia has been on her own since she was 12 years old. Now a widow, she is working hard at her studies while trying to create a good environment for her teen aged daughter. Her dream is to complete her education to become a kindergarten teacher.

In addition to the $1,000 award, SI Mission Valley provided Christmas presents for Claudia and her daughter. We remain in contact with them, inviting them to our events and providing emotional support.

Yelitza – 2017-18

Career Goal: Social Worker
After spending 25 years in a abusive marriage where she was denied the ability to work or go to school, Yelitza is now pursuing her dream of becoming a social worker. Her main focus is to work with children and “help them develop appropriate ways to handle situations in their lives.”

Yelitza received a $1,000 award and SIMV will continue to be in contact with her and her children to provide support.

Jessica – 2017-18

Career Goal: Psychiatric Nurse
Jessica knows first-hand what it is like to suffer from mental illness. After repeated suicide attempts and hospitalizations she finally accepted help and began to get her life on track. She is now completing her lower-division studies and has a solid plan to complete her education and become and RN. Jessica says, “I want to be the type of nurse that helps [children] push through their baggles and conquer their demons.”

Jessica received a $500 award and SIMV will continue to be in contact with her and her children to provide support.

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