Live Your Dream Awards

Soroptimist's Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women 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.

How to Apply

What We Do

Every year, Soroptimist distributes more than $2 million in education grants to about 1,500 women all over the world.

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. This unique program is helping women find their voice and purpose while offering the resources they need to succeed.


Why We Do It

Education is the pathway to economically empowering women and girls.

When Women Learn

families live healthier lives

(Source: Population Reference Bureau)

When Girls Go to School

they are more likely to get paying jobs and their financial contributions to their families—and their nations—increase

(Source: Population Reference Bureau)

When Girls Have Educated Moms

they are more likely to be enrolled in school and to reach higher levels of education

(Source: Population Reference Bureau)

When Women are Educated

their countries are more likely to have greater economic growth

(Source: World Bank)





Now I have a purpose. I will use my voice to share my story to inspire others to do the same. The Live Your Dream Awards will help me to further my growth, accountability and commitment to be a transformational agent and end this cycle for my family!


Our Impact

Since 1972, we've distributed more than $30 million in education grants to 30,000 women making a better life for themselves and their families.

We invest in women, focusing on the one area that has the most impact on transforming lives and communities—education. This award-winning program has been recognized for its effectiveness and long-term impact.


of Live Your Dream Award recipients earned or continue to pursue an educational degree or certificate


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


of recipients report the award has increased their self-esteem

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