Our Programs

Education and Training

Application deadline November 15, 2019

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Talbot Soroptimists participate in Soroptimist International of the Americas’ Live Your Dream Awards that provide women who are the primary wage earners for their families with a financial award to help with costs associated with their efforts to gain higher education or additional skills and training.

The award can be used for tuition, books, childcare, carfare, or any other education-related expense. The LYD Award was created in 1972 to help women improve their ability to provide for their families. Each year, more than $1 million is provided to women in need.

Since the program’s inception, approximately $15 million in Live Your Dream Awards has been disbursed to about 25,000 women throughout the countries served by Soroptimist International of the Americas.

Award Levels

Club-level award amounts vary (Talbot Soroptimists present a $2,000 Award each year). Club-level recipients then become eligible for region-level awards granted in each of Soroptimist’s 28 regions. The first place region recipients then become candidates for one of three $10,000 finalist awards.


Talbot Soroptimists raise funds for the award through our Wine Tasting & Italian Dinner in October, Jigsaw Puzzle Jamboree and our Annual Flower Sale in early Spring, along with other fundraisers throughout the year.


Each year, award applications are available for eligible women on Maryland’s Mid-Shore. They may also be requested by contacting a club member or sending your request by email.

Completed applications are due by November 15, 2019 to Carol Cook at bobncarol@atlanticbb.net.

Career Support for Girls


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Soroptimist’s global program for girls – Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls – targets girls in secondary school who face obstacles to their future success. It provides girls with access to professional role models, career education and resources to live their dreams. Career support includes help and assistance to pursue an occupation that will offer opportunities for long-term success. Although we don’t think all girls will know what they want to do for the rest of their lives, the skills they learn in Dream It, Be It will help them regardless of the career they choose to pursue or when they choose to pursue it.

SIA’s new global program aims to help girls dream big and then achieve those dreams. Dream It, Be It joins Soroptimist’s other Dream Program, the Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women, to ensure girls have access to the resources they need to live their dreams. The Dream Programs of Soroptimist ensure both women and girls have access to the education and training they need to reach their full potential and live their dreams. Soroptimist is committed to investing in programs that create a sustainable, measurable change for women and girls. In order to ensure we are reaching our goals and helping girls in meaningful, measurable ways, Dream It, Be It has very clearly defined goals and objectives.

Program Goal: Through education and access to role models, girls will be empowered to pursue their career goals and reach their full potential.


To Increase the Number of Girls Who:

1. Feel prepared to pursue their career goals.
2. Feel comfortable creating achievable goals.
3. Have tools to overcome obstacles to success.
4. Understand the importance of resilience.
5. Can connect personal values with possible careers.
6. Feel more confident about their future success.
7. Have professional role models.


Application deadline December 1, 2019

Violet’s Dream Award is a financial award that recognizes and honors both a young woman between the ages of 14 and 17 and her chosen community partner. The Violet’s Dream Award provides recognition for girls who make the community and world a better place through volunteer community service.

Violet’s Dream is a local award for girls in Talbot and surrounding counties. It is named after and honors Violet Richardson, president of Soroptimist International’s first Club in Oakland, California in 1921. She was a woman of action, whose determined spirit and sense of personal responsibility were demonstrated by her lifelong commitment to volunteering in her community.

Award Levels

The winners each receive $500 and the community partner organization receives $250.


Talbot Soroptimists raise funds for the award through our Wine Tasting & Italian Dinner in October, Jigsaw Puzzle Jamboree and our Annual Flower Sale in early Spring, along with other fundraisers throughout the year.


Applications may be downloaded from our website (see below) or you may contact any Soroptimist member.   The deadline to submit completed applications is December 1, 2019 and are due to Carol Cook at bobncarol@atlanticbb.net