Live Your Dream Award


You deserve to live your dreams. We want to help.

What does feeling “empowered” mean to you? For the women we serve, it’s having a personal (and financial) sense of autonomy, self-confidence, and the power to control their private and public life. Empowerment means choices, opportunities, and the freedom to act in your own best interest.

Everyone is handed at least some adversity in life. The beauty of our intelligence is that we get to choose how we respond to it.  Shirlee Draper, Live Your Dream Awards Recipient

Many of our award recipients have overcome enormous obstacles including poverty, domestic violence, the death of a spouse and/or substance abuse.

What we provide

  • $1.7M (internationally)
    Each year, we award more than $1.7 million in education grants
  • 1,300 (internationally)
    More than 1,300 women receive the Live Your Dream Award each year

We are dedicated to helping women and girls achieve social and economic empowerment through community-based programs such as Live Your Dream: Education & Training Awards for Women and Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls.

Live Your Dream: Education & Training Awards for Women

Ready to begin a new life?

The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards program (formerly the Women’s Opportunity Awards) has been helping women around the world since 1972. This program provides cash grants to
women who are working to better their lives through additional schooling and skills training.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

Link to online portal for Live Your Dreams Application: