Grant Opportunities

Violet Richardson Award
Women's Opportunity Award

VIOLET RICHARDSON AWARD
Violet Richardson Award Awarded to young women between the ages of 14 and 17 who make the world a better place through volunteer efforts, especially those that benefit women or girls. The program offers a cash grant to award recipients and to the organization for which they volunteer.

Applications are due December 15th. Individuals interested in applying for this award should download the application below.

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THE WOMEN'S OPPORTUNITY AWARDS
The Women's Opportunity Awards, Soroptimist's major service project, was established by Soroptimist International of the Americas in 1972 to assist women entering or re-entering the workforce in obtaining the education and skills training they need to improve their employment status. Women's Opportunity Awards are designed to give women heads of household, who provide the primary source of financial support for their families, the opportunity to achieve their career goals—an opportunity they have not previously had, whether because of economic or social barriers, or personal circumstances. These awards are for women who are attending, or have been accepted to, a vocational/skills training program, or an undergraduate degree program.

Eligible applicants must be female heads of household, who are enrolled in or have been accepted to a vocational/skills training program, or an undergraduate degree program. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, and cannot have already earned an undergraduate degree. Only residents of Soroptimist International of the Americas' 18 member countries and territories are eligible to apply.

Women's Opportunity Awards are cash awards that recipients may use for any expenses related to their educational pursuits. These include tuition and books, housing, child care and transportation. These awards are not scholarships. The program begins at the community level, where award amounts vary. Local winners then become eligible to receive region–level awards. Every year, 29 geographic regions throughout North, Central and South America, and Asia each grant one $5,000 first–place award, and two $3,000 awards. These 29 first–place winners become eligible to receive one of three $10,000 finalist awards.

Applications are due December 15th. Individuals interested in applying for this award should download the application and reference form from the links below.

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Download Reference Form

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