Live Your Dream Award
(formally known as Women's Opportunity Award)
Each year, more than $1.6 million in education grants are awarded to more than 1,200 women, many of whom have overcome enormous obstacles including poverty, domestic violence and/or drug and alcohol abuse. 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.
In addition to providing the primary financial support for their families, eligible applicants must be enrolled in, or have been accepted to, a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program and must demonstrate financial need. Also, please note only residents of Soroptimist International of the Americas’ member countries and territories are eligible to apply for the educational grants.
The Live Your Dream Awards involves three levels of cash awards. The program begins at the local Soroptimist club-level, where award amounts vary. Local-level award recipients become eligible for region-level awards of either $3,000 or $5,000. Region-level award recipients then become eligible to receive one of three international-level awards of $10,000.
This award aids women seeking to improve their economic status by gaining additional skills, training and education. Who as head of their households must enter or return to the workforce, or improve their employment status in order to support themselves and their families. There are two (2) level awards as specified in the Club budget. Club application deadline is December 15. Region deadline is February 1.
Women's Opportunity Award Recipients
|2011 - 2012 Awards Banquet|
Left to Right: Soroptimist President JoEllen Lake, Kaitlin Gruenberg, Caylia McDaniel, Sayra Henkel, Diane McKoen, Nilda Pena, Robin King
2011 - 2012
Sayra Henkel is a single mother of one currently enrolled in the OIT Dental Hygene Program. Sayra received a $1000 scholarship to the OIT Program. In addition she also won the Northwestern Region Award of an additional $1,000. Congratulations Sayra!
Nilda Pena is also a single parent, the first to attend college in her family. She is enrolled at Klamath Community College and aspires to finish her degree at OIT.
Our best to both of these award winners.
|2010 - 2011 Awards Banquet|
Left to Right: Soroptimist Judy Phearson, Soroptimist Linda Davenport, Trudy Novak, Amand Krueger, LaBeads Yahwee, Amanda Dittmeyer, Kelsie Quick, Soroptimist Nancy Dey
Amanda Dittmeyer is the 2010 - 2011 First Place Winner. Amanda is currently attending KCC and plans to graduate 9/2011. Her plans are to transfer SOU to get a Bachelors in Applied Psychology. Amanda has overcome severe health issues due to an accident and is a cancer survivor and is a single mother. Our best wishes to Amanda as she pursues her dreams.
Labeads Yahwhee is the Second Place Winner. Labeads is also a KCC student with criminal justice as her major, graduating in Fall 2012. She is also attending the Klamath County Sheriffs Reserve Academy. Labeads lost her mother at a young age and her brother two years ago from the H1N1 Virus. She is the mother of two children.
From left to right: Salli Zavala, Teresa Perry, Shannon Houston, Wanda Scheer and our current Soroptimist President, Kristi Redd.
2009 - 2010
The years winners are Teresa Perry and Sally Zavala.
2008 - 2009
1st - $1500 - Melissa Ann Hawkins - Univ of Phoenix (online)
From left: Aimee Wallack, Grace Rusth, Johanna Morris, with Felice Koblos, Soroptimist Opportunity Award Chairperson.
2007 - 2008
Aimee Wallack of Phoenix, Oregon, is the recipient of the First place award of $1,500.00. Amiee lost both of her parents when she was only 12 years old. She became a widow at the age of 27. She had 3 young children, and made the decision to pursue her degree in dental hygiene at Oregon Institute of Technology. Her children are all in elementary school now, and she expects to graduate in June, 2009.
The second place award of $1,000.00 is going to Johanna Morris of Merrill. Johanna is divorced with 2 children. She is currently enrolled at Klamath Community College and is pursuing a degree in Special Ed.
The recipient of the third place award of $750.00 is Grace Rusth of Klamath Falls. She is divorced and has a 4 year old son. She is scheduled to graduate in June, 2009, from Oregon Institute of Technology with a bachelor of science in Applied Psychology.