Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Awards
The Women's Opportunity Awards program is Soroptimist's major project. Through the program, clubs in 19 countries and territories assist 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. Each year, about $1.5 million is disbursed through cash awards at various levels of the organization. Recipients of these awards—many of whom have overcome enormous obstacles including poverty, domestic violence, and drug and alcohol abuse—may use the awards to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education, such as books, childcare and transportation.
Eligible applicants must be women who provide the primary financial support for their families, and who are enrolled in or have been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program. Applicants must demonstrate financial need. Only residents of Soroptimist International of the Americas' 19 member countries and territories are eligible to apply.
Since the Women's Opportunity Awards program began in 1972, more than $25 million has been disbursed to help tens of thousands of women achieve their dreams of a better life for themselves and their families.