Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women

Started in 1972, the Live Your Dream Awards have provided about $30 million in grants to tens of thousands of women.The awards assist women who provide the primary financial support for their families. Live Your Dream Awards give women the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects.These women have overcome incredible challenges including poverty, domestic violence, and addiction. They are on a path to a new life, and the Live Your Dream Awards support them in achieving their goals.

The Live Your Dream Awards involve three levels of cash awards. The program begins at the local Soroptimist club-level, where award amounts vary. Soroptimist International of Lodi provides $1,000 to each of our awardees. One local-level award recipient becomes 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.

The Live Your Dream Awards improve the recipients' quality-of-life, build their confidence, strengthen their self-determination and make them want to, in turn, help others. By assisting women in this way, the Live Your Dream Awards strengthen our community, our nation, and the world.

SI Lodi Live Your Dream Awards - May 27, 2021

Upper Row (L to R): Award Recipient Cynthia Ramos, Guest Speaker Cheryl Francis, Award Recipient Sarah Say Bottom Row (L to R): Award Recipients Judy Lagorio and Dahlia Vocque

On May 27, SI Lodi hosted a virtual evening of celebration of its grant winners for 2020 and 2021.  During this time period, SI Lodi gave five $1000 Live Your Dream Awards to some very deserving women in our community. The club also provided three $1,000 Achievement Awards to young women in the program at the Mary Graham Children’s Foundation. Formerly in foster care, these young women are now advancing their education. The evening’s special guest speaker, Cheryl Francis, owner and director of the Grace and Mercy Foundation, gave an inspirational  presentation about achieving one’s dreams. Representatives of our state and federal elected officials participated in the event and provided certificates for the award winners. 

SI Lodi Live Your Dream Awards - March 27, 2019

Mina provides $1,000 check to award winner Jacqueline Noyola-Jimenez.

The members of Soroptimist International of Lodi held our annual Awards Night on March 27, 2019 at the Parkview Terrace Clubhouse in Lodi. Sierra Pacific Region District II Director Beth Stochl attended the event and offered her congratulations to awardees.  Jennifer Held, Executive Director of the Mary Graham Children's Foundation was also in attendance.

The club presented three $1,000 Live Your Dream Awards to deserving local women: Jacqueline Noyola-Jimenez, Rakaisha H., and Kimberly. Kimberly’s award was given in memory of Marcia Pothast, a Soroptimist member for nearly 25 years. Marcia held multiple leadership roles at the local and district levels of Soroptimist and served on numerous committees. Her sudden passing in 2018 was a great loss to our club and community.

The club will also provide 2018 Live Your Dream recipient Nikhat Khan with an additional grant of $500 to support her ongoing studies.

Mikey Hothi, District Director from the office of Assemblymember Jim Cooper, presented recognition certificates to the award recipients. Certificates were also provided on behalf of US Representative Jerry McNerney and California State Senator Cathleen Galgiani.

The keynote speaker at the Awards Night was 2017 Live Your Dream recipient Veronica Flores. She provided an inspirational update concerning her educational and career achievements.

Event Photos

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SI Lodi Live Your Dream Award - April 25, 2018

Award Winner Nikhat Khan receives a check for $1,000 from Mina.

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