Looking Close to Home for Educational Funding

When looking at funding your educational ventures, be sure to look close to home at the numerous local organizations that offer grants and scholarships.  One such organization is Soroptomist.

Soroptomist is a global organization whose goals is to improve the lives of women and girls through programs that lead to social and economic empowerment.  With over 80,000 members in 120 countries, the variety of programs offered helps multiple women on so many different levels.

One of their main focuses is providing women with access to education which we know leads to empowerment. Educated women are more involved in their communities, less likely to become a victim of domestic or sexual abuse and feel the need to educate others.

Live Your Dream award program is the Soroptomist program that focuses on educating women. Each year $1.5 million is awarded to over 1,000 women. This enables the recipients to pursue training at a vocational or technical school or enroll in an undergraduate program.

In the social media age, soroptomists have reached out with Live Your Dream.org. This online community uses articles, tips and blogs to inspire women to better themselves. Its’ members share the common goal to support women and girls in their quest to lead better lives, while gaining inspiration in their own lives.  Some topics discussed within the community are women’s economic empowerment, ending violence against women and human trafficking to name a few.

This non profit organization began in 1921 when a group of 80 women wanted to serve their community. Women, at that time, were not permitted to volunteer in men’s service organizations. Their initiative grew to a global organization which helps shape and support women as they venture towards growth and wellness.

Soroptomist have put out a great video called “Soroptomist Empowers Women & Girls“.  You can find it below.  Check it out.  The video was a Bronze winner in the 35th Annual Telly Awards, which honors outstanding video productions.



  1. Cheryl – thanks for all your great posts! I am reading them all but am behind on commenting. Your summer camp post struck a chord & brought back lots of 4-H camp memories!

    Question for you – have you heard Susan Cain’s TED talk on the Power of Introverts? Could be another good blog topic.

  2. Julie – Thanks for being a loyal supporter! And, please, keep the comments coming!

    The Susan Cain TED talk is a great one! I really identify with her in so many ways. This blog has been a learning experience for me and has allowed me to slowly open my suitcase to show what is inside.
    Cain has a 2014 TED talk where she stages a “Quiet Revolution”. Sure to be another good one!

    Thanks again for being active in my little community!

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