Our Secondary Education Grants
At Soroptimist in St. Helena we believe the best way to improve the lives of women and girls is to improve their access to educational and professional training. To this end, we offer a host of unique scholarships and grants targeted at various age groups and opportunities. Using monies raised at our annual crab feed (now in its 41st year), we are able to fund a wide array of annual scholarships and grants.
In addition to the endowed scholarships listed here, the club provides additional funding to Soroptimist International’s Founder Region Fellowship Program, whose mission is to advance the status of women through financial support in the final year of their doctoral degree. Our club also supports young girls at the start of their academic lives by providing annual grant funding, specially earmarked for female students, to St. Helena’s ‘Preschool For All’ program.
- Live Your Dream Award
- Women Helping Women Assistance Grant
Live Your Dream Award
Education and Training Awards for Women
This award assists women who provide the primary financial support for their families in going back to school to further her education in order to better her economic status for her and her family.
Each year, more than $2.1 million in education grants are awarded to nearly 1,500 women worldwide, many of whom have overcome enormous obstacles including poverty, domestic violence and/or drug and alcohol abuse. Live Your Dream Award recipients may use the cash award to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education, such as books, childcare, tuition and transportation. Learn more.
- WHO: Women are enrolled in, have been accepted to a vocational/skills training program, or accepted to an undergraduate degree program.
- WHAT: $3,000 Award. Funded by Soroptimist International, St. Helena.
- WHEN: Application due by November 15th. Recipient is selected by the grant committee.
Women Helping Women Assistance Grant
The Women Helping Women Assistant Grant was created in 2019 by Soroptimist International of St. Helena as a means of providing direct support to woman within our community. For years, our chapter has offered informal financial assistance to dozens of local women struggling to support their household dependents. This grant, which is unique to our chapter, aims to formalize that assistance and make this support more widely available to those St. Helena women most in need. Unlike some of our other grants, this award was designed to offer flexible support to women struggling at the most basis levels to make ends meet. To this end, we’ll consider requests for financial assistance with shelter, childcare, food and medical care, etc.
Who should apply? Any female St. Helena resident who is 18 or over who is self-supporting, and with or without dependents.