$2,500 presented to 3 local women to complete degrees

h/t Barbara Stapleton

(Riverton, WY) – Soroptimist International of Riverton recently presented $2,500 in Live Your Dream Education and Training Awards for Women to three local women to help improve their financial situation.

The first-place award of $1,000 was given to a woman who asked that her name not be released. Two additional applicants, Kristen S. and Darian G., were presented with awards totaling another $1,500. The cash awards will be used to complete degrees in education and in the medical field.

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In her application, Kirsten said, “It was difficult to start all over with no education, experience….Furthering my education for myself and my children was the best decision.”  

Three non-Soroptimists judged the applications based on clearly stated goals, whether the applicant is motivated to achieve the goals, financial need, applicant has faced hardships and shows resilience, she serves as an inspiration and role model to her dependents, and two references supportive of the applicant. 

SI Riverton is immensely grateful to the three Riverton businesswomen who spent time and a great deal of sensitivity in making this very hard decision, they shared. “All the applicants were worthy.”

The Live Your Dream Award provides women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families with the financial resources to offset costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education or additional skills and training. The award can be used for tuition, books, childcare or any other education-related expenses.

The Live Your Dream Award provides over $2.5 million in cash grants to head-of-household women in need each year. 

Founded in 1974, the Riverton club is part of Soroptimist International of the Americas, a global organization that works to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.

Riverton members join with almost 80,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories to contribute time and financial support to community-based projects benefiting women and girls.

Soroptimist, a 501(c)(3) organization that relies on charitable donations to support its programs, also powers LiveYourDream.org—an online community offering offline volunteer opportunities supporting women and girls. For more information about how Soroptimists improve the lives of women and girls, visit www.soroptimist.org.

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