Do you need money for college? ‘Live Your Dream’ Grant Awards Deadline has been extended to Jan 15, 2018.

Do you need money for college? ‘Live Your Dream’ Grant Awards Deadline has been extended to Jan 15, 2018.

Each year Soroptimist International of The Sierras club located in Oakhurst California awards TWO scholarships for ladies in the local area attending college and head of household with a financial hardship.

For the 2017/2018 year, the deadline to submit a scholarship application and two  reference forms is to be received by January 15th, 2018 by MAIL only.   (Deadline to submit online was Nov 15th, 2017)

Mail to: Soroptimist of The Sierras – PO Box 41, Oakhurst CA 93644.

Download the application & Reference Forms here – APPLY HERE

For more information – or


Awards Luncheon will be in Oakhurst on Thursday, April 19th, at Noon to 1:30 pm.  Exact Location TBA.  Live Your Dream Grants will be awarded at this event.  Other Awards given at this luncheon will be the ‘Women of Distinction’ and ‘Women Helping Women’ Awards will also be announced and awarded at this event.

Award Summary
The Soroptimist Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women (formerly the Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Awards) provides women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families with the financial resources to offset costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education or additional skills and training.
Recipients can use the award for tuition, books, childcare, carfare or any other education-related expense. Each year, more than $1.6 million is provided in cash grants to women in need. Since the program’s inception in 1972, approximately $30 million has helped tens of thousands of women achieve their dreams of a better life for themselves and their families—leading to stronger communities, nations and the world.

Award Amount
The Live Your Dream Award starts at the club level where award amounts vary. Soroptimist International of The Sierras will provide TWO $1000. awards, plus $100. fuel card for each award.  Club-level recipients then become eligible for region level awards granted in each of Soroptimist’s 28 regions. The first-place region recipients then become candidates for one of three $10,000 finalist awards.

Applications are available now and deadline to submit is January 15th, 2018, by MAIL only. poster

Founded in 1987, The Sierras club is part of Soroptimist International of the Americas, a global organization that works to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.
The Sierras club members join with almost 80,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories to contribute time and financial support to community-based projects benefiting women and girls. Soroptimist, a 501(c)(3) organization that relies on charitable donations to support its programs, also powers—an
online community offering offline volunteer opportunities in support of women and girls. For more information about how Soroptimist improves the lives of women and girls, visit


Public Awareness Articles – 

Call for Applications for 2017/2018 – Sierra News Online –

Article from 2016/2017 Luncheon Event – Sierra News Online –


2016/2017 Award Recipients –

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2016/2017 Live Your Dream Scholarship Award Recipients with Live Your Dream Chair Joelle Leder and 2016/2017 Club President Michele Shockley Photo by Joelle Leder Photography .


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