Soroptimist International of Los Angeles
Scholarships and Awards
 
Graduate Fellowship Women's Opportunity Award Ruby Award Violet Richardson Award

Soroptimist International of Los Angeles (SILA) is proud to recognize and honor local women and girls for their hard work and service to their communities and families. Annually, SILA accepts applications for our awards which are presented at our annual Spring luncheon.


SILA Graduate Student Fellowship Award

Application deadline: February 1

 

 

This  award, in the amount of $3,500, is given to a women who will be in graduate study during the next academic year.

Field of Study: Open, but consideration will be given to the candidate’s potential contribution to society.

Competition is open to women who are citizens of the United States and residents of the State of California. Preference will be given to young women completing their graduate education rather than to those making career changes.

Minimum requirements:

1. A candidate must have received a Bachelor’s degree (or will receive it prior to the next academic year)
2. Be (or will be during the next academic year) enrolled in a graduate degree (Master’s or Doctor’s) program at an accredited institution of higher education in Los Angeles County.
3. Have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement.
4. Have financial need.
5. Have performed services for her community.
6. File completed application materials, including official college transcript(s) of all upper division (junior and senior years) and graduate level work, and three letters of recommendation.

A personal interview, to be held in March, is required of the final candidates. The candidate selected will be notified shortly after the interviews and must be available to accept the award at a designated luncheon meeting to be held in March or April.

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Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Award

Application deadline: January 15

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The Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Award program was established in 1972 to assist women with primary financial responsibility for their families to obtain the skills-training and education necessary to improve their employment status and standard of living for themselves and their family. Last year, nearly $1.5 million in club, region, and federation funds were awarded to more than 1,000 women in Soroptimist International of the Americas’ 19 member countries and territories. The women receiving these financial awards may use them for any costs associated with their educational efforts, including tuition, books, child care, and transportation.

SILA is proud to participate in this signature Soroptimist awards program by awarding $1,000.00 to a local woman who meets the following qualifications:

1. Is a woman with primary financial responsibility for supporting her family (includes children, parents, siblings, spouse).
2. Is attending or has been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program.
3. Demonstrates financial need.

Applications, including two references, are due January 15. SILA will complete judging by February 1 and then notify the winner who will be presented the award at SILA’s annual luncheon. Our honoree becomes eligible for additional awards at the regional and federation levels of the Soroptimist organization.

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Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award

Application deadline: December 15

 

Named for the president of the first Soroptimist club, the Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award honors girls who are making a difference through volunteer service. Each year, SILA honors a local high school student who donates her time and energy to a cause that makes the community and world a better place, such as working to end discrimination and poverty, assisting women and children who are victims of domestic violence, or mentoring young girls. SILA awards $500 to the student and an additional $500 to the charity of her choice. Applications are due January 15. SILA will complete their judging by February 1 and then notify the winner who will be presented the award at SILA’s annual luncheon. SILA’s honoree becomes eligible for additional awards at the regional and federation levels of the Soroptimist organization.

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Soroptimist Ruby Award for
Women Helping Women

Application due date: December 15

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The Soroptimist Ruby Award: For Women Helping Women acknowledges women who, through their professional or personal efforts, are making extraordinary differences in the lives of women or girls. Their efforts help to promote the issues that are important to the Soroptimist organization. Honorees are women who have worked to improve the lives of other women and/or girls. Their work has had a significant impact on the local or global community and it inspires and encourages other women. Annually, SILA selects one or more honorees and awards a cash prize to the charity of their choice.

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