Live Your Dream

Soroptimist’s Live Your Dream Awards 

Soroptimist’s Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women assist 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. Providing access to education is the most effective path to self-determination.


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.

The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards are a terrific way to make a BIG difference in the lives of women—and their families. Although the awards address an economic need and make a difference in a practical way, we know they also affect women in a personal way. Women who have received the award report an increase in self-confidence and self-esteem, and pride for being recognized for having the courage to change their lives.

Every year, Soroptimist distributes more than $2.8 million in education grants to about 1,700 women all over the world.


Live your dreams recipients

The Raleigh Club grants $2,000 to each local award recipient. One of these awardees is submitted for consideration for a Soroptimist Central East Coast Region award (up to $5,000). Region recipients are then considered for one of three $10,000 awards  from Soroptimist International of the Americas.

How To Apply

The Live Your Dream  Awards application cycle is open August 1 –  November 15 each year. To learn more about the program and how to apply, click the button below.


Real Stories

Here are a few stories of some recipients of the Live Your Dream Awards.

Shanetta – 2021 Live Your Dream Awardee

Shanetta is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition from Meredith College while working part-time and raising two children. She decided to pursue her degree after the death of her spouse. She needed to prove to herself, and to her two young children, that...

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Kayla – 2021 Live Your Dream Awardee

Kayla is pursuing an Associate Degree of Nursing at Wake Technical Community College while working part-time and caring for a young child. She plans to complete her degree in December 2021. Growing up, Kayla saw the challenges of a parent battling a chronic illness...

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Bertha – 2021 Live Your Dream Awardee

Bertha is pursuing an associate degree in business administration at Durham Technical Community College while working full-time and raising two children. Bertha had her first child at a young age and decided to pursue her degree while pregnant with her second. She...

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