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Since 1972, the Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards program (formerly the Women’s Opportunity Awards) has disbursed more than $30 million to tens of thousands of women who have overcome poverty, domestic and sexual violence, divorce, the death of a spouse, or there life challenges. There are women – just like you – who had the courage and determination to turn their lives around.
Recipients may use the cash award to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education, including books, childcare and transportation. The program begins on the club level. Soroptimist International of Victoria Westshore awards are $1,500. Successful club recipients become eligible to receive region level awards, which are granted through Soroptimists’s 28 geographic regions. Currently, each Soroptimist region grants one first-place award for $5,000
Applications for awards are accepted between July 1 and December 1 of each year. Award recipients are notified in late December. 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.
Live Your Dream Awards issued by Soroptimist International of Victoria Westshore are $1,500 each. Awards are presented at our gala fundraising event, Flavour of Chocolate held yearly in the Spring. Winners will be invited to attend Flavour of Chocolate and transportation will be provided to the venue. Click here to find out more about our Flavour of Chocolate gala.
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 the Capital Regional District.
- 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.
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 share your story to publicize the program.
We STRONGLY recommend you write your answers in a separate document then cut and paste your answers into our online form. This way your original work will not be lost if our session times out.
Please limit your answers to the space allotted.
Step 3: Ask people to tell us about you
You will need two different people—who are not related to you—to fill out reference forms. It is recommended that you request references from people who know you from an educational or work setting. Please email the following link to the reference form (http://sivw.ca/lyd/lyd-reference) to your references and request they submit the form online when completed. Only two references will be accepted. Please use the form and do not submit other forms of references (such as a letter). They will not be considered as part of the application.
Step 4: Submit your application
There are two ways for you to submit an application. The first is by clicking on the button below. Print the application form, complete it then scan it and email it to Soroptimist International of Victoria Westshore (firstname.lastname@example.org). The second option is to use the completed printed application as a guide for completing the online application. The online application does not save and must be completed in one sitting.
Applications are accepted between July 1 and December 1.
Contact Soroptimist International of Victoria Westshore at email@example.com
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