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The Marilyn Bandera Women's Opportunity Award

The Women’s Opportunity Awards program was established in 1972 to assist women with primary financial responsibility for their families to obtain the skills-training and education necessary to improve their employment status and standard of living for themselves and their family. Each year, $1.5 million in club, region and federation funds are awarded to more than 1,000 women in SIA’s 19 member countries and territories. The women receiving these financial awards may use them for any costs associated with their educational efforts, including tuition, books, child care, and transportation.

Download the application here.

Violet Richardson Award

The Violet Richardson Award is a recognition program for young women ages 14-17 engaged in volunteer action within their communities or schools.

The award is given to young women whose volunteer activities make the community and world a better place. Volunteer actions that benefit women and girls are of particular interest. The award is based solely on her volunteer work and not academic achievement.

The award is in honor of the president of the first Soroptimist Club, Violet Richardson, a woman of action, whose spirit and sense of personal responsibility were demonstrated by her lifelong commitment to volunteering in her community. This award is optional for each club.

The Violent Richardson Award is in the process of being converted into Dream It. Be It: Career Support for Girls. This will be Soroptimist’s newest program, provides girls with tangible strategies to accomplish their career goals.

Download the application here.

For questions and to submit applications, contact Cynthia Cortest or (703) 922-5688.

Soroptimist South Atlantic Region


Soroptimist International