Cumberland Soroptimists | Awards
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The money we raise through fundraising is dispersed at our annual awards banquet in May.  Some of the awards that people can apply for are:

Live Your Dream Award

The Live Your Dream Award is Soroptimist’s major project. Through the program, clubs in 9 countries and territories assist women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills, and employment prospects. Each year, about $1.5 million is disbursed through cash awards at various levels of the organization. Recipients of these awards—many of whom have overcome enormous obstacles including poverty, domestic violence, and drug and alcohol abuse—may use the awards to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education, such as books, childcare and transportation.


Eligible applicants must be women who provide the primary financial support for their families, and who are enrolled in or have been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program. Applicants must demonstrate financial need.

SICC Annual Laurel Society Award

The Laurel Society was established in 1994 to honor individuals who have made SIA their charity of choice, supporting the Soroptimist mission. The Laurel Society was created to show appreciation and recognition to donors for major gifts that would ensure continued funding for Soroptimist programs. Laurel Society contributions are used to fund Soroptimist programs and awards: Women’s Opportunity Awards, Violet Richardson Award, Soroptimist Club Grants for Women and Girls, STOP Trafficking, and the Workplace Campaign to End Domestic Violence.  SI Cumberland has established an award that


honors a member of our club for service above and beyond.  It is a member who consistently attends club meetings, and has been actively involved in committee meetings, activities, and fundraising.  This member has brought potential new members to meetings.  She has attended district meetings and conferences.  She has been a mentor to other club members.  She goes that extra mile and puts forth that extra effort.

Soroptimist Ruby Award

The Soroptimist Ruby Award recognizes and honors the first federation President, Ruby Lee Minar.  A ruby, is also a deep red gemstone associated with wisdom, importance, vitality, power and love: all words embodying the strong and compassionate women who are our award recipients.  The Soroptimist Ruby Award honors women who have worked to improve the lives of women and girls through their professional and/or volunteer work.

Student Merit Award

Deadline – February 1st of each year

Download Merit Scholarship Application


This award is for all graduating high school senior female student applicants,  residing within Cumberland County, NJ  in recognition of  their outstanding contributions and accomplishments in their school, community and world.


To apply for this award, students must fill out an application detailing their involvement in home, school and community affairs.

Other Soroptimist programs include:

Soroptimists STOP Trafficking, a project that raises awareness about the sex trafficking of women and girls, and seeks to encourage citizens, law-makers and service providers to focus on this global problem.


Soroptimist Workplace Campaign to End Domestic Violence, an awareness campaign that targets domestic violence as a workplace concern.