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 17
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.
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.
Live Your Dream
Application deadline: November 15
Live Your Dream: Education & Training Awards for Women
The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards (formerly known as the Women’s Opportunity Awards) assists women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects.
Deadline: Applications are due each year by November 15th
Step 1: Determine if you are eligible. Complete the ELIGIBILITY CHECKLIST by clicking here
Step 2: Click here to fill out the application.
Note: Once all parts of the form are completed, select "Save As" from the "File" menu and change the file name (for example, "lyd_applicationLG.pdf," where "LG" are your initials.) Click "Save."
Step 3: Obtain References
You will need two different people to fill out the reference form ("lyd_reference-form.pdf"). Please email this form to your references and request that they email the forms back to you when completed.
Step 4: Mail your application so that it will arrive by November 15th to the following address:
ATTN: Teresa Harvey
Soroptimist International of Los Angeles
PO Box 861897
Los Angeles, CA 90086-1897
via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line note:
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.
Soroptimist Ruby Award
Women Helping Women
Application due date: December 15
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.