A global volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.

Marysville • Yuba City, California



The mission of Soroptimist International of the Americas is to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world.  SIA does not discriminate against boys or men, but rather chooses to focus on the special concerns of women and girls.


Women’s Opportunity Award

The Women’s Opportunity Award is not a scholarship; rather it is a program that provides cash grants to women who are working to better their lives through additional skills training and education.  The successful female applicant must be a woman with primary financial responsibility for herself and her dependents, be attending or enrolled in an undergraduate degree program or a vocational skills training program, and have financial need.

Application deadline is December 1st.  A fillable PDF application is available here.

Violet Richardson Award

The Violet Richardson Award is not a scholarship; rather it is a leadership award that recognizes young women for their work as volunteer leaders in their community.  The successful female applicant must be between the ages of 14 and 17 by December 1, 2013, and should have demonstrated leadership and initiative in identifying a problem in their communities or the world and have worked hard to address the problem. Get more information here.

“I am very passionate about my work and I have big dreams. Overall, I am grateful for all the opportunities that were presented to me and that I enthusiastically took advantage of. I am so honored and humbled to be part of an amazing group of Violet Richardson recipients.”

Lizbeth Cabrera, 2012 Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award Recipient.




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