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Soroptimists offer tools to living your dream

VISTA — Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland  (SI Vista NCI) are offering women a helping hand up. Women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families and seek financial assistance to continue their education or receive training can now apply for the Soroptimist Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women.

Applications are available at Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland’s website,, or by contacting Eden Weinberger at [email protected].

The application deadline is Nov. 15. There will be workshops on local college campuses county-wide to help applicants navigate the process.

For its 2018-2019 fiscal year, SI Vista NCI awarded $5,000 each to three women attending local colleges. Recipients may use the Live Your Dream Award to offset costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education or additional skills and training. This includes tuition, books, childcare, transportation or any other education-related expense.

Founded in 1953, the SI Vista NCI 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. Every year, Soroptimist distributes more than $2 million in education grants to about 1,500 women worldwide. Soroptimist, a 501(c)(3) organization, relies on charitable donations to support its programs, also powers, an online community offering offline volunteer opportunities in support of women and girls.

For more information about Soroptimist, visit