This award offers financial assistance to women who need education or skills training to enter or re-enter the workforce. The awards are designed to give women heads of household, who are the primary source of financial support for their families, the opportunity to achieve their career goals. Local recipients now receive up to $2,000 each from the Raleigh club. Award recipients are eligible for consideration for a Region award. Regional winners are eligible for one of three $10,000 awards from Soroptimist International of the Americas.
The Live Your Dream Awards application cycle is currently open August 1 – November 15 each year.
As part of the application process, you will enter your zip code. Then, select SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL of RALEIGH as your local club.
Meet Our 2019 Awardees
Awardee: Demetrica W.
Demetrica will receive her Associate’s Degree in Human Services Technology and Substance Abuse from Wake Technical Community College in December 2019. She plans to pursue a Bachelor’s degree at UNC-Greensboro. Demetrica has worked with children and adults with disabilities for over 23 years. Her goal is to become a substance abuse counselor to help individuals overcome their addictions and find their way back to becoming productive citizens.
Demetrica left an abusive relationship and raised two children as a single mom. Her teenage son was diagnosed with autism when he was 8 years old. Demetrica’s work with autistic children helped prepare her to be a strong advocate for her son. Demetrica’s supervisors praise her for her “positive attitude and commitment to treating each patient with dignity and respect as she helps them reach their full potential.”
Awardee: KRISTIN R.
Kristin is pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Healthcare Administration at Wake Technical Community College. Her goal is to gain education and embark on a career that will allow her to fully provide for herself and her two children. Kristin is currently employed as a Nursing Assistant.
Kristin gave birth to her first child when she was in high school. Keenly aware of the importance of an education, Kristin persevered and earned her high school diploma. As the single parent of two children, she recently made the difficult choice to move home with her mother to make ends meet while going to school. One of her greatest financial struggles is to find stable child care so she can attend classes. She tells us, “This award will allow me to live my dream and provide for my family. I will be able to give my children a stable home that they deserve.”
AWARDEE: RUBYE M.
Rubye will earn her Practicing Nursing Diploma from Fayetteville Technical Community College in 2020. This diploma prepares her to take the exam to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. She will then be able to become a Registered Nurse through a bridge program offered by her employer.
Rubye has worked as a Pharmacy Technician and is excited about the opportunity to become involved in direct patient care. She recently switched jobs and employers to pursue her goal of becoming a nurse. Although new job pays less, she now has access to education assistance from her new employer, Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where she will be able to work as a nurse upon earning her credentials. Rubye is the single parent of a 19-year old daughter.
AWARDEE: STAR B.
Star is pursuing an Associate in Arts degree with a concentration in Urban Planning. Upon graduating from Wake Technical Community College, she will transfer to Eastern Carolina University to complete her Bachelor’s degree.
Star fled an abusive relationship, moving from California to Raleigh to start a new life for herself and her two young children. Within a year of arriving in North Carolina, she has overcome homelessness and obtained her real estate license. Star is determined to be a role model for her children and lead by example. She shares, “…pursuing my education allows me to look past challenges, to keep my dream alive, and to bear a way for the dreams of ones I live for – my children.”