Soroptimist International
of Noyo Sunrise


 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. See the Youth Service Award

  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: Club award recipients in these categories are considered for higher awards at the region, state, and even national or international level. Our club has given the following awards annual to individuals from our community:

Violet Richardson Award: This scholarship is in honor of the Soroptimist founder, Violet Richardson. It is for a girl, aged 14-17 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.

Women's Opportunity Awards: These are cash awards given to women who are financially responsible for their families and who need to further their education, skills and/or training in order to improve their employment status. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and cannot have already earned an undergraduate degree.

Making a Difference for Women: The "Making a Difference for Women" recognition program was established in 1986 to acknowledge those who work to improve the status of women in society. The Making a Difference for Women umbrella currently includes three official programs:

  • Women Helping Women: 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.

  • Women of Distinction: This award honors women who have made outstanding achievements in their professional, business or volunteer activities. Women of distinction are ideal role models, having demonstrated exemplary character and integrity along with outstanding ability and demonstrated leadership.

  • Advancing the Status of Women: This award recognizes businesses and organizations that have helped advance the status of women, and have used their positions to promote recognition of women's issues. Examples of ways honorees have achieved these goals include: employment policies; scholarships and grants in support of women's advocacy; initiation of programs dealing with women's issues; and financial support of Soroptimist programs.

  • 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:

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

  • $500 to support the conductor for a fundraising benefit for the local symphony.

  • $200 to support a team of students participating in a World Odyssey of the Mind Competition

  • $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

  • $50-200 to support healthcare improvements in the community, including breast cancer awareness promotion

  • $50-200 to fund the community college library book loan program

  • $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

  • $50-100 to help fund the annual Youth Forum high school event