Soroptimist International of Hood River and Mt Adams are looking for five Gorge area women heads of households to receive $1,500 Live Your Dream Awards to continue their education.
Soroptimist’s Live Your Dream Awards provide help for women who have primary financial responsibility for their households, whether as single parents or married. Its purpose is to help further their education as a means to improving their lives. The Live Your Dream Award is not a scholarship; the funds can be used for any educational expenses, including tuition, childcare, transportation or textbooks. The five winners will be notified in early January. (Past recipients are not eligible to apply for a second award.)
“This is real, local dollars helping real, local women,” says Soroptimist committee chair, Kate Dougherty. “The community has generously supported our fundraising efforts over the last year, such as the LunaFest film festival and Families in the Park. These contributions are now available to women who are working to make a better life for
themselves and their families. We look forward to hearing from them.”
Julie Tucker, who received a Live Your Dream Award a few years ago, said, “The money opened the doors for me to start over again and make my dream of going back to school come true.” Tucker, the single mother of two children, became a
renewable energy technician with a degree from Columbia Gorge Community College.
To be eligible for the Soroptimist Hood River award, applicants must be enrolled or accepted in a college or vocational school program. One of the recipients may compete for an additional $3000 Regional Award in April 2017.
Applications are available at the Hood River County Library and the White Salmon Library. You may also download the application forms that accompany this post (see below). Completed applications are due by December 1; mail to: SIHR, PO Box 51, Hood River, OR 97031. Have questions? Call Kate Dougherty, 541-386-3850 or e-mail her at kated.gorge.net.