The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards 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.  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.

Live Your Dream Award Applications are open August 1 to November 15th annually. Apply now »

Hear From Our 2021/22 Award Recipients


As a mother of 3, and someone who has always struggled in school, restarting at the age of 30 was not something I thought would be possible. 

I am so very happy I did though! My wonderfully supportive family have pushed me to be successful, but this award truly made a lasting difference in my ability to continue. It came at just the right time, right when I was feeling my resolve weaken, right when I was second guessing my ability to be successful. How would I continue to manage school, work, family? Getting the phone call from Janet (while I was in the middle of grocery shopping at Walmart!) telling me I was not only a chosen recipient, but their first-place winner, made me instantly tear up. I am sure I received some strange glances my way that day, but it didn’t matter. It took me a few minutes to catch my breath and fully comprehend what this meant, but it was exactly what I needed. It helped my family with the stress of the holidays knowing that our bills would be paid and we would continue moving forward, and knowing I had the support of such amazing women- pushed me to continue doing what I’m doing. Keep fighting, keep pushing for change! 

Thank you so very much to the club, and to everyone who pushes for more women to be successful and move forward in their lives. 


This award impacted my last semester of school greatly. It paid for a month of my rent which means I had money to put aside into savings! I am so grateful to have been approved for this award.


Grateful.  This is one of the words I can use to describe myself at this moment in my life.  

Returning to school at the age of 50, and a proud single mother, this is not an easy task, but one that I am taking head on to make a better life for my daughter and myself..  

I have just successfully completed the first semester in my Primary Care Paramedic course with a semester average of 86%.  This is a major achievement coming from someone who has been out of school for over 30 years.

Since winning the 3rd place award from LYD, I was able to put that money towards additional books and resources for my education that before I was not able to do.  This award for women by women has made my goal of going back to school a little easier. 

I am truly humbled and one again, Grateful.