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Soroptimist International of Saguaro Foothills
48 Years, Still Going Strong

Chartered May 12, 1973
Carefree, Cave Creek, North Scottsdale, North East Valley and Anthem
Improving the lives of women and girls through access to education.
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Live Your Dream Awards

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

Ready to begin your new life?

Since 1972, the Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards program (formerly the Women’s Opportunity Awards) has disbursed more than $30 million to tens of thousands of women who have overcome poverty, domestic and sexual violence, divorce, the death of a spouse, or other life challenges. They are women— just like you—who had the courage and determination to turn their lives around.

Recipients may use the cash award to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education which includes books, childcare and transportation.  The program begins on the club level, where award amounts vary.  Club recipients become eligible to receive region-level awards, which are granted through Soroptimist's 28 geographical regions.  Currently, each Soroptimist region grants one first-place award for $5,000.

Live Your Dream Award Eligibility Requirements

You are eligible to apply for the Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards if you meet these requirements ...   

  • Provides the primary financial support for yourself and your dependents. Dependents can include children, spouse, partner, siblings and/or parents.
  • Has financial need.
  • Is enrolled in or has been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program.
  • Is motivated to achieve your education and career goals.
  • Resides in one of Soroptimist International of the Americas’ member countries/territories (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guam, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, United States of America, Venezuela).
  • Has not previously been the recipient of a Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity or Live Your Dream Award.
  • Does not have a graduate degree.
  • Is not a Soroptimist member, an employee of Soroptimist International of the Americas or immediate family of either.
Apply for the Live Your Dream Award

Click here for Live Your Dream Award Application

Follow the steps below to complete your application:

1. After clicking on "Start My Application", enter your zip code and select “Saguaro Foothills, AZso your application will be sent to our club for judging.

2. Create an account for our application portal

3. Activate your account via a confirmation link sent by email

4. Complete our Eligibility Checklist

5. Enter your contact information and application responses

6. Request two references from people who aren't related to you (we recommend people you know from an education or work setting)

7. Submit your completed application!

For additional assistance, contact Jane Schafer at 480.404.6961


2019 Recipients


2019 Awards