(Joplin, MO) – The Soroptimist Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women® provides 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. Most award recipients are single mothers or domestic abuse survivors.
The Soroptimist International of Joplin’s recipients for this year’s award are as follows:
Top Award of $1,500
Soroptimist Karen McGlamery and recipient Cherie Beebe
Cherie Bebee will earn a BS in Psychology from Crowder College in her quest to become a licensed drug counselor and probation officer.
$1,000 Award Winners
Recipients April Riddle, Mary Hargrove, and Vanessa Dolce
- Vanessa Dolce will earn an Associate’s degree from Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) in respiratory therapy.
- Mary Hargrove will earn an Associate’s degree from MSSU in radiology.
- April Riddle will earn a BS in Health Science from MSSU in respiratory therapy.
“All of our award applicants have unique backgrounds, but they all share the desire to improve their lives and are putting forth the effort to do so,” said Soroptimist and Live Your Dream Award® committee chair Kris Bullard. “We have four outstanding and deserving award recipients this year, and I hope that the awards they’ve received reinforce the belief they have in themselves!”
Recipients can use the award for tuition, books, childcare, carfare, or any other education-related expense. Each year, over $2.8 million is provided in cash grants to women in need. Since the program’s inception in 1972, more than $35 million has helped tens of thousands of women achieve their dreams of a better life for themselves and their families—leading to stronger communities, nations, and the world.
The Live Your Dream Award® starts at the club level where award amounts vary (minimum $1,000). Club-level recipients then become eligible for region-level awards granted in each of Soroptimist’s 29 regions. The first-place region recipients then become candidates for one of three $10,000 finalist awards.
About Soroptimist International of Joplin:
Soroptimist International of Joplin is part of Soroptimist International of the Americas, a global volunteer organization that provides women and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment. The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards® is the signature project of Soroptimist International of the Americas. Soroptimist, a 501(c)(3) organization that relies on charitable donations to support its programs, also powers LiveYourDream.org — an online community offering offline volunteer opportunities in support of women and girls.
Kris Bullard, Live Your Dream Award® Chair
Soroptimist International of Joplin