Monday, January 14, 2013

Soroptimist International of Manassas Seeks Applicants for Women’s Opportunity Award

Soroptimist International of Manassas Seeks Applicants for Women’s Opportunity Award
Application Deadline February 1, 2013, Award Recipient to receive $1500 Cash Grant

Soroptimist International of Manassas is currently seeking applicants for the annual Women’s
Opportunity Award (WOA). This award is given to women who serve as the primary wage
earners for their families and seek financial assistance to go back to school.

“This award is at the heart of the Soroptimist mission, and helps women and girls in the
Prince William County community. Not only does it provide a stipend to women who are in
financial need and seeking to better themselves through educational or vocational training, but
it also allows women to better their community as a whole,” said Dede Rutherford, committee
chairperson.

Application Guidelines:



Step 1: Determine if you are eligible, applicants are women who:

o

Provide the primary financial support for her dependents (including children,
spouse, siblings and/or parents);

Demonstrate financial need;

o

Are enrolled in, or have been accepted to, a vocational/skills training program or
an undergraduate degree program;

o

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Are motivated to achieve their educational and career goals;

Have not previously been the recipient of a Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity
Award; are not a Soroptimist member, employee of Soroptimist or immediate
family of either;

o



Step 2: Complete the application form, and submit to Soroptimist International
of Manassas by February 1, 2013. Completed forms may be emailed to
info@simanassas.org or mailed to Ms. Dede Rutherford, Soroptimist International of
Manassas, P.O. Box 2535, Manassas, VA 20108.



Step 3: Obtain two references that are not family members.

Background:
Since 1972, the Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Awards program has provided women who
serve as the primary wage earners for their families with the financial resources to offset costs
associated with their efforts to attain higher education or additional skills and training. The
award can be used for tuition, books, childcare, carfare or any other education-related expense.

Soroptimist International of Manassas is one of 1,500 volunteer clubs nationwide, which make
up Soroptimist International of the Americas. This volunteer service organization for business
and professional women is dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls, in local
communities and throughout the world.

For more information, visit http://www.simanassas.org/ or contact Dede Rutherford at
info@simanassas.org.
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