Soroptimist International of Noyo Sunrise


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 Soroptimist of Noyo Sunrise gives scholarships, awards, recognition, and financial support in three major categories:  (See pictures of recipients and banquet)

  1. Awards recognized by the larger Soroptimist Organization, including district, regional, national, and international projects and scholarships.

  2. Awards, scholarships, and recognition promoting our club focus and interest.

  3. Local community requests to support special needs, such as for school travel expenses to perform, emergency healthcare for the elderly, education enhancements, community projects, and many other items. 

Soroptimist-recognized Awards:

Violet Richardson Award: This scholarship is in honor of the Soroptimist founder, Violet Richardson. It is for a girl, aged 14-18 who has shown exemplary service to the community. The award is granted in January, and applications are available by contacting a Soroptimist club near you.

Ruby Award: This award honors women who consistently and effectively use their resources, talents and influence to help other women achieve their potential. As a result, these women have helped to eliminate economic, legal and social or political discrimination against women, and have contributed to the improvement of women's status in society

Live Your Dream Award: This award program is a unique education grant for 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.

Other organization awards and projects: There are many more worthy projects and objectives at a national and global scale, which are best described by going directly to the Soroptimist website.

Soroptimist Programs to help women and girls (not an award)

Dream It Be It is a program designed to be  Career Support for Girls. It gives girls the tools they need to achieve their education and career goals, empowering them to break cycles of poverty, violence, and abuse.

Empowerment: Women are economically empowered when they have control over their own finances and well-being, and when they have a voice in the financial decisions to shape their lives and the lives of their families. When women and girls are empowered, they have a personal sense of autonomy, self-confidence, and the power to control their private and public lives. We focus on access to education because we believe it’s the most effective way toward empowerment.

Founder Region Fellowship: Our club is part of a district in coastal Northern California, and the district is part of a larger region, which extends roughly from the East (San Francisco) Bay Area, north to parts of Yolo County, and west along the coast to the Oregon border. Our region is called Founder Region because it encompasses the location of the first club in Oakland, CA, founded by Violet Richardson. The Founder region's permanent identifying project is called Fellowship. This effort offers $10-20,000.00 in fellowships and grants to women enrolled in graduate schools within the bounds of Founder Region who are in the last year of their doctoral studies. This is an investment in our future, as these women will be the scientists and decision-makers who will influence the world we live in. All clubs in founder region help support this project.

Club-generated Awards and Scholarships: The Soroptimist of Noyo Sunrise club works hard at fundraising with the objective of giving back to the community. It is a small club with limited resources, but during a successful year, this club will donate more than $2000 in awards in addition to the Soroptimist awards listed above. It has been a dream of the club to find a project that will generate $10,000 or more. Following is a partial list of grants and awards this club has given over the years:

  • $$50-200 to support healthcare improvements in the community, including breast cancer awareness promotion with rose to women getting mammograms in October

    $200-500 to help fund and host the annual Youth Forum high school event for students from 2-5 high schools

    Co-sponsor self-awareness courses with Project sanctuary

  • Co-sponsor with SIFB the BB backboards for the local high school gym

  • $50-100 annually to support students performing in state honor choir

  • $500 annually in a competitive grant toward musical instruments and repairs, choir risers, etc. in the schools

  • $500 to support the conductor for a fundraising benefit for the local symphony.$50-200 to fund the community college library book loan program

  • 200 to support a team of students participating in a World Odyssey of the Mind Competition$200 to fund moving to a new facility for the local cable access staff

  • $50-200 to fund annual purchase of peanuts for protein snacks in the third grade

  • $50-200 to fund swim lesson scholarships at the local community pool

  • $500 in an annual scholarship to a high school senior boy or girl for service to the community