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Scholarships & Grants

What Do We do with the Money We Raise?
We Give the Following Scholarships & Grants


LIVE YOUR DREAM AWARDS: This Soroptimist International award is a cash grant for women who are seeking to improve their employment status by gaining additional education and training.  Cash grants may be used for anything that helps the winner further her education. Examples include transportation, childcare, rent, groceries, etc. Awards are offered at the club level.  Winners may also be nominated for regional and national awards. 

SILB founded Meals on Wheels in Long Beach. We maintain a connection to this service organization.  We provide an annual grant to Meals on Wheels to support their mission of meal delivery to elderly and disabled homebound persons.

DREAM IT BE IT reaches girls in secondary school who face obstacles to their future success. Through small group workshops or in a conference setting, we mentor girls on setting and achieving their goals, moving forward after setbacks or failures, and discovering career opportunities


Sally’s Story

from an application for a Live Your Dream Grant

Sally always dreamed of getting a degree.  When she decided to go back to school at age 25, she was married, the mother of two children, and had a full-time job.  She started attending night school.  Her ex-husband accused her of cheating and became physically abusive.  When a violent incident happened in front of her children, Sally decided to end the marriage. She plans to work in a juvenile detention center. She hopes to guide the young people there in the right direction. She believes that “it only takes one person to make a difference whether it is in the world or someone’s life.”