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Scholarships and Awards

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

The Live Your Dream Award is Soroptimist’s major service project. This award helps women in overcoming personal difficulties and bettering their lives through education and training. The recipient may use the cash award to offset any costs of higher education, such as tuition, books, childcare, or transportation. The award goes to a woman who is primary wage earner in the household enrolled in an undergraduate or vocational degree program of study.

Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor has made a monetary award available for a woman in San Juan County. Recipients are eligible for additional cash awards at other levels of the organization, including three $10,000 finalist awards. (This award is not a scholarship, and is therefore taxable for U.S. citizens.)

Many recipients have overcome enormous obstacles in their quest for a better life, including poverty, domestic violence, and drug and alcohol abuse. Each year, more than $800,000 is given at various levels of the organization to help women achieve a better life for themselves and their families. Since the program began in 1972, more than $15 million has been given to more than 20,000 women.

Download the Live Your Dream Referral Form (pdf)

Download the Live Your Dream Application Form (pdf)

Submit application to Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor, PO Box 2856, Friday Harbor, Washington, 98250.

Educational Opportunity Award

Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor is encouraging qualified women in San Juan County to apply for our “Educational Opportunity Award”.  This award helps women overcome financial difficulties and better their lives through education and training. The recipient may use the cash award to offset any costs of higher education, including such things as tuition, books, childcare, and transportation. The award goes to a woman who is enrolled in an undergraduate or vocational degree program of study, including on-line educational programs.   (Please note that this award differs from the Live Your Dream Award in that an applicant for the Educational Opportunity Award does not need to be the primary wage earner in a household.)
 
Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor has made a $2,000 monetary award available for a woman in San Juan County.  (This award is not a scholarship, and is therefore taxable for U.S. citizens.)  Soroptimist members and their immediate families are not eligible for this award.
Download an application from this website, or pick one up at The Toy Box located at 20 1st Street in Friday Harbor.  For any questions, please contact Diana Sibert by email at dianasibert@gmail.com.
 
       Download the 2017 Educational Opportunity Award Application
       Download the 2017 Educational Opportunity Award Reference Form
 
Submit application and two references to Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor, PO Box 2856, Friday Harbor, Washington, 98250  Attention: Diana Sibert. Applications must be received or postmarked by January 31, 2017.

Youth of Distinction Award

Given the challenges faced by the students today, Soroptimist annually awards a Youth of Distinction plaque to high school student who has overcome obstacles or who has helped others to do so. We look for someone with heart, character, and a strong sense of self and belief who has contributed to the community and others. The student is chosen by the teachers of Friday Harbor High School. This award is given in the Spring at a special school assembly.

High School Scholarships

Soroptimist International Friday Harbor is proud to award selected graduating high school students with scholarships during the Graduation Ceremony in June. For more information please contact Sue Buettel at sifridayharbor@soroptimist.net.

Fellowship Award

The Fellowship Award will be presented to a San Juan County woman who is returning to school for postgraduate study in an accredited college or university leading to an advanced degree (Masters or Ph.D.).  This award is open to local women established in business or one of the professions who wish to undertake advanced study at an accredited college or university. Candidates should hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree and present a study plan worthy of an advanced degree that will enhance her business or profession.
 
Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor has made a $2,500 monetary award available for a woman in San Juan County.  (This award is not a scholarship, and is therefore taxable for U.S. citizens.)  Soroptimist members and their immediate families are not eligible for this award.
 
Download an application from this website, or pick one up at The Toy Box located at 20 1st Street in Friday Harbor.  For any questions, please contact Nancy Heacox by email at heacoxn@yahoo.com.
 
       Download the 2017 Fellowship Award Application
       Download the 2017 Fellowship Award Reference Form
 
Submit application and two references to Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor, PO Box 2856, Friday Harbor, Washington, 98250 Attention: Nancy Heacox.  Applications must be received or postmarked by January 31, 2017.

 

 

       

 Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor
PO Box 2856
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
e-mail: sifridayharbor@soroptimist.net

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