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Women's Opportunity Award
The Women’s Opportunity Awards program is Soroptimist’s major service project. The awards improve the lives of women by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills, and employment prospects. Each year, Soroptimist clubs in 19 countries and territories assist women in overcoming personal difficulties and improving their lives through education and skills training. The women, who provide the primary source of financial support for their families, may use the cash award to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education, including books, childcare and transportation. Club recipients become eligible for additional cash awards at other levels of the organization, including three $10,000 finalist awards.

Many Women’s Opportunity Award 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 disbursed through awards at various levels of the organization to help women achieve their dreams of a better life for themselves and their families. Since the Women’s Opportunity Awards program began in 1972, it is estimated that $15 million has been disbursed and more than 20,000 women have been assisted. In 2003, The Women’s Opportunity Awards program received the Award of Excellence from the American Society of Association Executives’ Associations Advance America program.
To be eligible for the Women's Opportunity Award, you must:

  1. Be a woman with primary financial responsibility for supporting your family (including children, spouse, siblings, and/or parents);
  2. Attend or have been accepted to a vocational/skills training program, or an undergraduate degree program;
  3. Have financial need;
  4. Be motivated to achieve your educational and career goals;
  5. Reside in one of the Soroptomist International of the America's member countries and territories (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guam, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, United States of America, Venezuela.)
Number of awards1
Application processInterested applicants will need to go to the application URL (which can be found on this site) in order to print a copy of the application and reference forms. The application will need to be submitted to the local Soroptomist chapter before November 15 each year.
Application URL
Award amount$2000.00
Minimum age18
Gender requirement
Ethnic Origin Requirement
Citizenship requirementUnited States or Canada
Residency requirement
Must be a transfer student
Must be currently enrolled
State in which enrolled
Must graduate by this date
Demonstrated financial need
Primary financial responsibility
Current grade level
Max. college hours earned
Min. rank in HS or ACT/SAT test               Min. ACT Score:                Min. SAT Score:
Highest education level allowed
Vocation requirement