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Live Your Dream Awards

Live Your Dream Awards are cash grants to women who are continuing their education while providing the primary financial support for their families. These women face many obstacles including poverty, domestic violence, trafficking, and sexual assault. Their strength and resilience has led them to continue their education, but they need resources and encouragement to complete their goals.

The Live Your Dream Awards program helps women gain the education and skills they need to improve their employment prospects, increase their family income, and to realize their dreams of a better life for themselves and their families. The women receiving these financial awards may use them for any costs associated with their educational efforts, including tuition, books, child care, living expenses, and transportation.   

With access to resources to support their education, award recipients go on to improved employment prospects, greater earning potential, and higher self-esteem. They not only change their own lives, but also serve as positive role models for their children, helping to mitigate generational poverty.

Past Live Your Dream recipients are healthcare administrators, small business owners, financial professionals, nurses, therapists and other professionals. If you would like to help women like our award recipients, consider making a tax-deductible donation

Applications to this program are made through Soroptimist of the Americas. Each year, Soroptimists award over $2.0 million to more than 1,500+ women in Soroptimist’s 19 member countries and territories. 

Since 2017, SIDT has provided over $137,300 in cash grant support to 29 Southern Arizona women.

The application for the 2024-2025 awards will open on August 1, 2024.  Click the apply link to get a notification when the portal opens.

A Helping Hand to Women in Southern Arizona

In 2024, SIDT awarded $25,700 to 14 Tucson women to help them attain their educational goals.  This included 5 Live Your Dream recipients as well as smaller grants to 9 other women. In 2025, we are on track to award over $25,000 to local women.

Women can apply through from August 1, 2024 - November 15, 2024. SIDT assesses each application for eligibility and a panel of community judges interviews applicants and determines a first place winner. The Club then makes decisions on additional winners and award amounts. Winners are celebrated at our annual Live Your Dream ceremony held each spring.  If you click the application link prior to August 1, you will be able to sign up for a notification when the portal opens.

A Big Thank You

  to all the Club members and supporters who made these awards possible. Funding for Live Your Dream  Awards comes from:

  • Club fundraising
  • Generous donations from our supporters
  • Donations via the Arizona Qualifying Charitable Organization Tax Credits
  • The Dr. Clara Seippel Webster Foundation
  • Long Realty Cares Foundation<
Thank you to all who are continuing to support the Soroptimist International of Desert Tucson and the Soroptimist Dream Programs. Your generous support is making a difference in the lives of Tucson women.