Applications Are Open!

We are now accepting applications for the Live Your Dream awards.

Soroptimist Raleigh: We Empower Girls & Women 

Soroptimist Raleigh is a local club of Soroptimist International. Soroptimist is a global volunteer organization that provides women and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment. The name, Soroptimist, means “best for women,” and that’s what the organization strives to achieve. Soroptimists are women at their best, working to help other women to be their best.

Our service projects collaborate extensively with women’s groups, governmental agencies, educators, international and statewide coalitions, and concerned citizens. In terms of our local service projects:

Live Your Dream

The Soroptimist Live Your Dream: Education & Training Awards
for Women program is our signature service project. This award aids women who are the primary wage earners for their families and are seeking to improve their economic status by gaining additional skills, training and education.

Live Your Dream Plus

In our “Live Your Dream Plus” program we follow up with our awardees for up to three years, mentoring them to afford ongoing support both non-financial as well as financial. With our Live Your Dream Plus program, our awardees know that there is a network of women who are ready to help in any number of ways.

Dream It Be It

Dream It Be It targets girls in secondary school who face obstacles to their future success. It provides girls with access to professional role models, career education and the resources to live their dreams.

Real Stories

Here are a few stories of some recipeints of the Live Your Dream Awards.  Perhaps they will encourage you to take the steps to achieve your dreams, big or small.

Shenita – 2018 Live Your Dream Awardee

Shenita – 2018 Live Your Dream Awardee

Shenita will receive her Bachelor of Science in Genetics from NC State University this spring. Her goal is to work in research and ultimately to attain a future dual degree in law and medicine.  Shenita has overcome many barriers – abuse, teen parenting, and...

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Jennifer – 2018 Live Your Dream Awardee

Jennifer – 2018 Live Your Dream Awardee

Jennifer will complete her Bachelor of Arts degree at Meredith College this spring with a double major in criminology and sociology. She will begin her career in the field of law as a paralegal. A single mother to three boys, Jennifer has faced challenges of poverty,...

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Sabrina – 2018 Live Your Dream Awardee

Sabrina – 2018 Live Your Dream Awardee

Sabrina is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies through University of North Carolina Greensboro’s online program. Her goal is to impact children’s lives with the love of learning as a certified teacher. As a single mother...

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News and Events

Live Your Dream Awards Applications Due November 15

Live Your Dream Awards Applications Due November 15

Live Your Dream: Training and Education Awards for Women - $2000 Application Deadline November 15, 2020. APPLY NOW Soroptimist’s Live Your Dream Awards are cash grants given to motivated women with dependents who provide the primary financial support for their...

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Service Projects Go Virtual

Service Projects Go Virtual

Soroptimist members typically engage in service projects throughout the year with local women’s groups, nonprofits, and community organizations that share our goals of improving the lives of women and children. While the realities of COVID-19 have hampered our ability...

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Live Your Dream Applications Now Open

Live Your Dream Applications Now Open

The Soroptimist Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women provides women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families with the financial resources to offset costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education or additional skills...

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