The Live Your Dream Award (formerly Women’s Opportunity Awards)

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The LIve Your Dream Award (formerly the Women's Opportunity Award) program is Soroptimist's major project.

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.

Each year, more than $1.6 million in education grants are awarded to more than 1,200 women, many of whom have overcome enormous obstacles including poverty, domestic violence, and/or drug and alcohol abuse.

Through the program, clubs in 19 countries and territories assist women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills, and employment prospects.

Eligible applicants must be women who provide the primary financial support for their families, and who are enrolled in or have been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program. Applicants must demonstrate financial need. Only residents of Soroptimist International of the Americas' 19 member countries and territories are eligible to apply.

Since this Awards program began in 1972, more than $25 million has been disbursed to help tens of thousands of women achieve their dreams of a better life for themselves and their families.

Previous SISF Grant Recipients

Currently Soroptimist International of San Francisco gives two one-time grants of $2000.00 and $1000.00 to women who are single/head of household, attending college or planning to attend college to improve her employment status.

For Club Year 2015-2016 we were able to give two additional smaller grants because of our fundraising efforts

2015-2016 Recipients

 Jessica AustinIn 2016 our Club gave two cash awards. Our Club not only gives a Monisha Sullivanmonetary award, we also mentor our recipients by meeting with them regularly to assist them with applications, writing, and counseling on life skills.


 StAisha Mitchellarting in 2012, with a generous gift from Life Member Nancy Frank, we started giving an additional award to the recipient from the previous year. She is eligible for a second grant if she is still in school or continuing on to higher education. The award varies in the amount given.

  WhenJuli Bustinza our beloved member Cassie Miller passed away in 2015, with   the donation ofa very generous member, we established a third award in Cassie's honor and named it the "Cassie Miller Memorial Live Your Dream Award".

Natasha Strother

The same generous member donated money for a fourth Live Your Dream Award. We are so happy to help so many women continue their education to improve their lives and the lives of their families.