Deadline nearing to apply for Soroptimist grant

The deadline to apply for the Soroptimist Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women is Nov. 15.

Women who are primary wage earners for their families and need financial assistance to continue their education or get training can apply for the scholarship offered through the Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland.

The Soroptimist club gives cash grants to award recipients, who will then advance to the Soroptimist Desert Coast Region level, where recipients could receive up to an additional $5,000. The program culminates with three finalists, who each are awarded $10,000 scholarships.

The nonprofit Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland awarded $5,000 grants apiece to three local college students during the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

Recipients can use the Live Your Dream award to for expenses related to their efforts to attain higher education or additional skills and training, including tuition, books, child care, carfare or other education-related expenses.

Soroptimist International’s Live Your Dream program started in 1972 and has since awarded $30 million in scholarships. The program gives out about $1.6 million in cash grants each year.

The Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland chapter was founded in 1953 as part of Soroptimist International of the Americas to improve the lives of women.

Applications are at soroptimistvista.org, or email ajdirdo@gmail.com.

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