‘Live Your Dream’ Grant Awards

–> Applications are now open as of August 1st, 2020 <–

Each year Soroptimist International of The Sierras Club located in Oakhurst, California awards THREE scholarships for ladies in the local area attending college (or online college) and are the head of household with a financial hardship.  (Proof of college registration is required before monies are given.)

Soroptimist International of The Sierras award three recipients $1000, plus a beyond the cash award of $100. fuel card each year in April.

The Live Your Dream Awards scholarship application cycle is OPEN from August 1 – November 15 each year.

APPLY HERE  -> https://www.soroptimist.org/our-work/live-your-dream-awards/apply-for-the-live-your-dream-awards.html

—> PLEASE APPLY ONLINE WITH YOUR ZIP CODE to start application.  TO APPLY TO OUR LOCAL CLUB USE ZIP CODE 93644 for the Eastern Madera County ~ Mountain Community. 

2020 Sorop Live Your Dream


Preparing your application:

Here are a few things you can do to prepare your application:

  • Plan who your references will be: No need to collect letters; we provide an online reference form. Until then, think about who your two biggest cheerleaders are … they can be mentors, teachers, counselors, supervisors, colleagues, or case managers.
  • Draft your personal statement: The Live Your Dream Awards are all about helping women who have faced obstacles on the path to living their dreams. Since 1972, the award has provided tens of thousands of women with cash grants to help them achieve their educational and career goals. In 750 words or less, tell us how you think this could help you live your dream.
  • Mark your calendar: The Application Portal is open August 1 – November 15 each year.

For more information – http://www.liveyourdream.org/ or http://yourdream.liveyourdream.org/

The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards (formerly the Women’s Opportunity Awards) assists women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects. See the impact this award-winning program has on women around the world!


Awards Luncheon will be in Oakhurst each year 3rd Thursday in April.  Exact Details will be announced  ‘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 THREE $1000. awards, plus beyond the cash award of $100. fuel gift card. 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.

Founded in 1968, 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 LiveYourDream.org—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 www.soroptimist.org.


Public Awareness Articles – 

Call for Applications for 2019-2020 – Sierra News Online https://sierranewsonline.com/?s=live+your+dream

Call for Applications for 2018-2019 – Sierra News Online https://sierranewsonline.com/apply-now-for-soroptimist-live-your-dream-scholarship/

Call for Applications for 2017-2018 – Sierra News Online – http://sierranewsonline.com/apply-now-for-live-your-dream-soroptimist-awards/

Article from 2016-2017 Luncheon Event – Sierra News Online – http://sierranewsonline.com/soroptimists-honor-local-women-who-make-a-difference/


2019-2020 Award Recipients –

2019-2020 ‘Live Your Dream’ Scholarship Award Recipient (others not pictured) with Live Your Dream Chair Joelle Leder-Rule; Photo by Joelle Leder Photography




2018-2019 Award Recipients –

2018-2019 ‘Live Your Dream’ Scholarship Award Recipients with Live Your Dream Chair Joelle Leder-Rule; Photo by Joelle Leder Photography

2017-2018 Award Recipients –




2017-2018 ‘Live Your Dream’ Scholarship Award Recipients with Live Your Dream Chair Joelle Leder-Rule; Photo by Joelle Leder Photography

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.


In the Summer of 2016 – we all met Terriea at the Bi-Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida at Walt Disney World as she was the one of the recipient of the Soroptimist International of The Americas – Live Your Dream Award at the Federation Level.   She had a powerful message on how the award made a difference in her life.