AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
LIVE YOUR DREAM AWARDS
Globally, Soroptimist’s Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women annually disburses about $2.6 million in education grants to more than 1,700 women who have overcome enormous personal obstacles. Recipients may use the cash grants to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain additional education or training. Award recipients go on to enjoy improved employment prospects, greater earning potential, higher self-esteem, and serve as positive role models for their children.
HELPING WOMEN & GIRLS LIVE THEIR DREAMS
Soroptimist believes the most effective way to empower women and girls is by providing them with access to education. Educated women and girls are far more likely to realize and reach their potential.
Soroptimist's Live Your Dream Award 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.
MARILYN MCFAUL VOCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP
The Marilyn McFaul Vocational Scholarship was established in 2011 in honor & memory of Marilyn McFaul who was a member of Soroptimist International of Pittsburg for 35 years. Marilyn was a local business owner who never grew tired of providing service to her community of Pittsburg. After her passing in 2011, her husband, Archie McFaul, and children wanted to establish a scholarship and donate funds. The family discussed their wish with members of Soroptimist International of Pittsburg the Marilyn McFaul Vocational Scholarship was born.
Applicants are female students who are currently attending or have been accepted to a vocational or skills training program, trade school, or institute of technology program accredited by the State of California. The scholarship amount is $2,000.00 annually. The scholarship application period is November to early February each year.
MARY T. FRENCH AWARD
Our Mary T. French Award (formerly the Club MVP Award) goes to the club member who has been selected by secret ballot as the person who best exemplifies the characteristics of an outstanding Soroptimist member, who does a lot of good things for our Club and for our Community. She is a member who regularly attends meetings and is always there to help with or chair a project. The MVP Award is a surprise to the winning member, announced at the annual Soroptimist of Pittsburg Awards Luncheon.
Formerly the Soroptimist Making a Difference for Women Award, the Soroptimist Ruby Award for Women Helping Women recognizes and honors the first federation president, Ruby Lee Minar. A ruby is also a deep red gemstone associated with wisdom, importance, vitality, strength, vivacity, power and love: all words embodying the strong and compassionate women who are our award recipients. The Soroptimist Ruby Award honors women who have worked to improve the lives of women and girls through their professional and/or volunteer work.
VIOLET RICHARDSON AWARD
Named after the president of the first Soroptimist club, the Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award honors girls who are making a difference through volunteer service. Each year Soroptimist clubs honor girls who donate their time and energy to causes that make the community and world a better place-such as working to end discrimination and poverty, assisting women and children who are victims of domestic violence or mentoring girls. The program begins on the Soroptimist club level with club recipients becoming eligible for additional awards at other levels of the organization. One winner is chosen to receive a finalist award which includes a contribution of $2,500.00 to the charitable organization of the recipient's choice.
Soroptimist International of Pittsburg has participated in this award program since it began in 1999. We are proud to have recognized so many young women in our community such as Connie Buban in 1999 to Shannon Gonzales in 2012. All of the recipients have been passionate and enthusiastic volunteers embodying all the qualities of the Violet Award criteria.