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Soroptimist seeks scholarship candidates

Soroptimist International of Hood River and Mt. Adams is looking for gorge-area women heads of households to receive one of four $1,500 Women’s Opportunity Awards from the clubs.

Applications are now available and are due back by Dec. 1.

Women’s Opportunity Awards provide help for women with dependents who have primary financial responsibility for their households, whether as single parents or married.

Its purpose is to help further their education as a means to improving their lives. The Women’s Opportunity Award is not a scholarship; the funds can be used for any educational expenses, including tuition, childcare, transportation or textbooks. To be eligible for the award, applicants must be enrolled or accepted in a college or vocational school program.

“This award is the result of local fundraising dollars helping local women,” says Soroptimist committee chair Kate Dougherty. “The community has generously supported our fundraising efforts such as Luna Fest film festival, Wine, Women and Wow and the Harvest Fest Quilt raffle during the last year. These dollars are now available to women who are working to make a better life for themselves and their families. We look forward to hearing from them.”

A previous Hood River recipient stated, “This money opened the doors for me to start over and make my dream of going back to school come true. My children’s lives are better and I am a more valuable, educated employee in the work force.”

Applications are available at the Hood River County Library, the White Salmon Library or online at soroptimist.org. Completed applications should be mailed by Dec. 1, to: SIHR, PO Box 51, Hood River, OR 97031. Have questions? Call Kate Dougherty, 541-386-3850, or e-mail her at kated@gorge.net

Soroptimist is an international women’s service organization whose mission is to improve the lives of women and girls in our local communities and throughout the world. If you are interested in knowing more about a Soroptimist club, contact Kate 541-386.3850.

To learn more about Soroptimist as an organization go to www.soroptimistinternational.org.

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