Soroptimist believes the most effective way to empower women and girls is by providing them with access to education. Educated women and girls are far more likely to realize their potential. Listed below are the 5 awards that we offer.
LIVE YOUR DREAM
The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Award (LYD) assists women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects. If you are interested in submitting an application, you can do so by going to the LYD portal at:
The instructions are easy to follow and make sure to select the Dallas, TX club so we will receive your application to review. Applications are available July 1st – November 15th.
The Ruby Award is awarded to a woman in the community for exemplary community service. The monetary award is paid to the non-profit of the awardee’s choice.The Ruby Award was previously an award at the Soroptimist International of the Americas level and has been retained by the Dallas club to recognize women in the local community who serve other women.
BETTY JAY AWARD
This is an award to teen girls aged 14 to 18 who have exemplary community service. It is a Dallas club award, having evolved from the previous Soroptimist International of the Americas Violet Richardson Award. This award is named after long-time member Betty Jay who now lives in Georgia but is still a member of the Dallas Soroptimist Club.
MAXINE BROYLES AWARD
This award goes to young women who are getting their education in a field to work with the disabled. Candidates are typically recommended by Camp Summit where they work as counselors. Camp Summit serves the physically and mentally disabled population of all ages and is the successor camp to Camp Soroptimist which was founded by the Dallas Soroptimist Club.
Maxine Broyles was a Dallas Soroptimist who passed away in the 1990’s and left a $10,000 endowment to support this award. She was very involved in the management of Camp Soroptimist.
The Dallas Scholars program was initiated in 2010 as a dedicated support and mentoring program for a single awardee. In 2012 it was converted to a scholarship program with 2-3 awardees per year. Qualified applicants must be single mothers with a high school degree or GED completion that are enrolling in an undergraduate degree program with a college or university. This is a scholarship, so funds are paid to the school based on registration. The scholarship is for $2,000 paid in $1,000 increments per semester.
On Saturday April 6, 2019, we hosted our annual “A STAR IS BORN” Awards Luncheon at the Dallas Athletic Club and our guests included: club members, award recipients, friends, family and the community. We bestowed a total of $15,000 monetary awards and scholarships to the following qualifying recipients:
LIVE YOUR DREAM AWARD – EDUCATION & TRAINING FOR WOMEN
Marisela Tobias Zavala* $1,500.00
Alicia Akinwunmi $1,000.00
Shiloh Cantu LIVE YOUR DREAM $1,000.00
* South Central Region Winner – $5,000 from SIA; $1,500 from SCR
BETTY JAY AWARD
Mackenzie Fain-Parish $1,000.00
Roshni Patel $1,000.00
Carley Nelson $1,000.00
Sophia Falies $750.00
Christine Schlehuber $750.00
MAXINE BROYLES AWARD
Ashtyn Jeter $1,000.00
Savannah Mitchum $1,000.00
DALLAS SCHOLARS – Scholarships are paid directly to the college or university based on enrollment
Ana Rodriguez $2,000.00
Kali Gonzales $2,000.00
Dawt Sang $2,000.00
RUBY AWARD – $ amount goes directly to Barbara’s agency called Refuge City
Barbara Rodriquez $1,500
To learn more about our awards, go to our website: SoroptimistClubDallas.org, and click on the page “Monetary Awards & Scholarships” for more information.