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Education opportunities for Truckee women

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Soroptimist International of Truckee-Donner is again offering two awards. The first is its annual Woman’s Opportunity Award. The award of $1,700 assists a woman who must enter the workforce or upgrade her employment status.

This award enables her to offset any cost associated with her efforts to attain higher education or additional skills and training. Applicants must be a woman from Truckee with primary financial responsibility for supporting her family (including children, spouse, siblings and/or parents); attending or have been accepted to a vocational/skills training program, or an undergraduate degree program; and have financial need.

Applications are available by contacting Lorna Leyton at 587-0826. Due date for completed applications is Dec. 1.

The Women’s Opportunity Award is part of an international program administered in 19 countries and territories. This year a record 946 clubs participated and honored 1,120 deserving women in their communities. These awards provided more than $1.3 million to help women reclaim their dreams of a better life for themselves and their families.

The second award, the Violet Richardson Award, is for a young Truckee woman, between the ages of 14-17, who makes the community and world a better place through volunteer efforts such as fighting drugs, crime and violence; cleaning up the environment; and working to end discrimination and poverty.

A $250 award to the winner along with a matching $250 contribution made in honor of the winner to her volunteer organization will be given.

As a volunteer service organization for business and professional women, Soroptimist believes that by acknowledging young women’s volunteer involvement now, they will grow up to be vital, active members of the community. Applications are available at Tahoe Truckee and Sierra High Schools or by contacting Lorna Leyton at 587-0826. The due date for completed applications is Dec. 1.

The Violet Richardson award program is named after the president of the first Soroptimist club in 1921. Violet believed in personal responsibility and the motto, “It’s what you do that counts”. She lived her life accordingly as an active volunteer in her community, who was committed to creating opportunities for girls and young women. Soroptimist established this award to honor the memory of this unique woman and her dedication to volunteer action.

Both club level winners will then become eligible candidates to participate in regional and federation level programs with finalist awards ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.

Chartered in 1971, SI/Truckee-Donner is a part of Soroptimist International of the Americas. Members join with almost 100,000 Soroptimists in 119 countries and territories to contribute time and financial support to community-based projects benefiting women and children.


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