Applications available for Women’s Opportunity Awards |

Applications available for Women’s Opportunity Awards

Women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families and seek financial assistance to go back to school can now obtain applications for the Women’s Opportunity Awards. The awards are a major joint project of two South Lake Tahoe service clubs, Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe and Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra.

Applications are available at local libraries and churches, Lake Tahoe Community College, South Lake Tahoe Parks and Recreation and Kahle Community centers, Marcia Sarosik Dance Studio, Tahoe Youth & Family Services, South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center, Sierra Athletic Club and Push, Barton Hospital and local offices of women’s physicians. Completed applications must be returned to Linda Monje, Soroptimist International of Tahoe-Sierra, by Dec. 15.

Since 1972, the Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Awards program has provided women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families with the financial resources to offset costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education or additional skills and training. The award can be used for tuition, books, child care, carfare or any other education-related expense. The two Soroptimist clubs will provide cash grants to its award recipients. Award amounts can vary. Last year’s recipients received $1,500. Local recipients then advance to the Soroptimist Sierra Nevada Region level, where one recipient will receive $5,000. The program culminates at the Soroptimist International of the Americas Federal level with three finalist $10,000 awards.

Soroptimist International is a volunteer service organization for business and professional women dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. The two local clubs are part of Soroptimist International of the Americas Federation. South Lake Tahoe Soroptimist members join with almost 100,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories to contribute time and financial support to community-based projects benefiting women.

In addition to participating in the Women’s Opportunity Awards program, the two South Lake Tahoe Soroptimist clubs help local women and youth through numerous other program and services, including the Tahoe Women’s Center, educational scholarships, Fighting Chance and the Young Parents Program.

For more information about the Women’s Opportunity Award or to obtain an application, call Linda Monje at (530) 541-7900, Julie Nelson at (775) 588-3579 or Jennifer Scanio at (530) 541-6681, ext. 11.

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