Scholarships for Minorities and Women

Soroptimist International of La Jolla "Live Your Dream Award"
The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards (formerly 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.

Each year, more than $1.6 million in education grants are awarded to more than 1,200 women, many of whom have overcome enormous obstacles including poverty, domestic violence and/or drug and alcohol abuse. Live Your Dream Awards recipients may use the cash award to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education, such as books, childcare, tuition and transportation.

In addition to providing the primary financial support for their families, eligible applicants must be enrolled in, or have been accepted to, a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program and must demonstrate financial need. Also, please note only residents of Soroptimist International of the Americas’ member countries and territories are eligible to apply for the educational grants.

The Live Your Dream Awards involves three levels of cash awards. The program begins at the local Soroptimist club-level, where award amounts vary. Local-level award recipients become eligible for region-level awards of either $3,000 or $5,000. Region-level award recipients then become eligible to receive one of three international-level awards of $10,000.

Since the Live Your Dream Awards program began in 1972, about $30 million in education grants have been disbursed to assist tens of thousands of women achieve their dreams of a better life for themselves and their families. In 2007, the program received the Associations Advance America Summit Award—ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership's highest level of recognition.

Interested in applying for the Live Your Dream Awards? Determine if you are eligible: Please go to:


California Strawberry Commission
Scholarships available exclusively for children of strawberry farmworkers!
We are pleased to begin accepting 2017-2018 Strawberry Scholarships applications.

California Strawberry Scholarships are available for full-time enrollment at colleges, universities, community colleges, or accredited trade schools. Scholarship awards start at $400 and can be renewed annually. The scholarship amount is based on merit.

These scholarships are only available for the children of California strawberry field workers.

Funding is available for graduating high school seniors and students already attending college. This including awards for advanced degrees (master’s or doctorate degrees), or professional certification (teaching credential, technical programs, etc.).

Applicants submit online application packages at

The application deadlines are:
Re-applying students: February 1, 2017
First-time applicants is: February 15, 2017

Any documents sent via mail must be postmarked by these dates.

For more information about the program or the application process, please contact Dyann Meschi, Scholarship Coordinator at: 831.724.1301 or at