COAST CITIES — Women who are a single head-of-household, and high school seniors who volunteer in their communities, are invited to apply for grants from Soroptimist International, a service organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world.The first grant is the Women’s Opportunity award. Applications must be received by Dec. 15. Women are eligible for this grant if they provide the primary source of financial support for their families. Each year, Soroptimist clubs in 19 countries and terrorities – including three clubs in North County – give a cash award to a woman who has overcome enormous obstacles including poverty, domestic violence or substance abuse and who is on her way to improving her life via higher education. The grant can be used to offset any costs connected with her goal, such as tuition, childcare, or transportation.
The other grant is the Violet Richardson award, given to a high school senior girl who volunteers in her community. Applications for this grant must be received by Dec. 1.
Local winners become eligible to receive additional grants at the district, regional and federation levels. Women and girls should apply to the club in their community.
The Oceanside-Carlsbad Soroptimist International offers the Violet Richardson award for high school senior girls who live or attend a high school in Oceanside or Carlsbad. The club also offers the Women’s Opportunity award to women who live or attend school in Oceanside or Carlsbad. To receive an application for either award, e-mail Chari Goddard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Soroptimist International of Vista offers the Violet Richardson award to High school senior girls who live or attend a high school in Vista, San Marcos and Escondido.
It also offers the Women’s Opportunity award to women who live or attend school in Vista, San Marcos and Escondido. To receive an application for either award, e-mail Thoralinda Soyland at email@example.com or download applications from SI-Vista’s “Awards” page at soroptimistvista.org.