Live Your Dream Awards

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Soroptimist’s Live Your Dream Awards program is a unique education award for women who provide the primary financial support for their families. The Live Your Dream Awards give women the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects.

The 2023-2024 application window is now closed.  The application window is August 1st – November 15th.  Check back in August 2024 for 2024-2025 award applications.

How to Apply

What We Do

Every year, Soroptimist distributes more than $2.8 million worldwide in education awards to about 1,700 women all over the world. Soroptimist International of Gresham has awarded over $80,000 in grants over the past ten years to dozens of deserving and inspirational applicants.

Over half of our Live Your Dream Awards recipients are survivors of domestic violence, trafficking or sexual assault. Nearly all of the women and families we serve have overcome enormous obstacles including poverty, teen pregnancy, and drug or alcohol addiction. Live Your Dream Awards recipients may use the cash award to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education, such as books, childcare, tuition and transportation.

Why We Do It

Education is the pathway to economically empowering women and girls.

Meet Our Extraordinary Recipients

Our Impact

Since 1972, Soroptimist International has distributed more than $30 million in education awards to 30,000 women making a better life for themselves and their families.

We invest in women’s education because it transforms lives and communities. The Live Your Dream Awards has been recognized for its effectiveness and long-term impact.


Of Live Your Dream Award recipients completed their education and improved their standard of living


Of recipients who completed their educational degree or certification secured higher-paying employment.


Of recipients report the award has increased their self-esteem