Apply now for 2017 Live Your Dream: Education & Training Awards for Women

Soroptimist International of Boise Offers Awards to Women Seeking Financial Assistance for Educational or Training Expenses

Boise, ID — Women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families and seek financial assistance to continue their education or receive training can apply for the Soroptimist Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women. Applications are available at soroptimistboise.org/live- your-dream, or by contacting siboise@soroptimist.net. The application deadline is November 15.

Soroptimist International of Boise will give three awards with the top recipient advancing to the Soroptimist Rocky Mountain Region level where recipients could receive up to an additional $5,000. The program culminates with three finalist $10,000 awards.

Recipients can use the Live Your Dream Award to offset costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education or additional skills and training. This includes tuition, books, childcare, transportation or any other education-related expense.

The Live Your Dream Award (formerly the Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Awards) provides more than $1.6 million in cash grants to head-of-household women each year. Since the program’s inception in 1972, approximately $30 million has helped tens of thousands of women achieve their dreams of a better life for themselves and their families. A study conducted by The Fels Institute of Government, a research and consulting organization based at the University of Pennsylvania, confirmed the efficacy and impact of this program. It improves the recipients’ quality of life; builds their confidence; strengthens their self- determination and makes them want to, in turn, help others. Helping women in this way has the demonstrated effect of leading to stronger communities, nations and the world.

The SI Boise club was chartered in October 1940 and is part of Soroptimist International of the Americas, which was founded in 1921. Soroptimist is a global organization that works to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Soroptimist has consultative status with the United Nations' Economic and Social Council, which oversees U.N. activities and policies promoting human rights. There are almost 80,000 Soroptimists in about 130 countries and territories who contribute time and financial support to community-based projects benefiting women and girls. Soroptimist, a 501(c)(3) organization that relies on charitable donations to support its programs, also powers LiveYourDream.org—an online community offering offline volunteer opportunities in support of women and girls. For more information about how Soroptimist improves the lives of women and girls, visit soroptimistboise.org.

The SI Boise club is active with several fundraising and service projects, including LunaFest, Dream it Be It for Girls, and the Holiday Project for seniors and foster children.