Application Deadline Fast Approaching for Violet Richardson Award and Women’s Opportunity Award

Soroptimist International of Novato looking for Deserving Local Women Applicants for Two Very Special Awards!

With a mission of ‘Improving the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world.”, Soroptimist International of Novato prides itself in recognizing and awarding women who contribute and make a difference in both their own and other people’s lives. 

Each year, SI Novato members work hard to raise fund to support these worthy causes.  Among many projects that we do; two special awards, Violet Richardson Award and Women’s Opportunity Award, allow us to identify and award women who are either young volunteers, ages 14-17, making differences in our local community (Violet Richardson Award) or are heads of households working hard to improve their and their loved ones’ lives (Women’s Opportunity Award).

The deadline for the Violet Richardson Award application is December 1st; and the deadline for the Women’s Opportunity Award application is December 15th; both are coming up fast.

Please share this post with the women who either live, work or study locally and who you believe are deserving of these awards.  Thank you for spreading the word!   

Violet Richardson Award – Deadline, December 1st

Soroptimist International of Novato awards $500 annually to a young woman aged 14 through 17 who actively volunteers in the community.

This award is in honor of the president of the first Soroptimist club, Violet Richardson, a woman of action whose indomitable spirit and sense of personal responsibility were demonstrated by her lifelong commitment to volunteering in her community.

The eligibility requirements are:

  • Must be 14 – 17 years of age as of date of application submission.
  • Must be engaged in volunteer activity.
  • Soroptimists and immediate family are not eligible.
  • Previous winners are not eligible.
  • Must live, work or attend school in Novato.

This award is based solely on the applicant’s volunteer work, and is an opportunity to honor a girl who might not otherwise receive recognition. She may not be the best student, athlete, or most popular, but is committed to making the world a better place.

If you need more information, or need help with the application you can click here to request an application form or contact Renee Roberts at rroberts.novato@gmail.com.

Click for Violet Richardson Award Application Form

Women’s Opportunity Award – Deadline December 15th

Soroptimist International of Novato awards $1,200 annually to a woman who has primary financial responsibility for her family and is seeking to improve her economic status by gaining additional skills, training or education.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Is a woman with primary financial responsibility for supporting her family (including children, spouse, siblings and/or parents)
  • Attends or has been accepted to a vocational/skills training program, or an undergraduate program
  • Has financial need
  • Is motivated to achieve her educational and career goals
  • Lives or works in Novato

Previous recipients and Soroptimist members and their immediate family are not eligible.

If you, or someone you know may qualify for this award, you can visit the website   www.soropnovato.org to obtain the application form and the accompanying reference form.

If you need more information, would like to obtain an application form, or need help with the application, you can contact Renee Roberts at rroberts.novato@gmail.com.

Click for Women’s Opportunity Award Application Form

Click for Women’s Opportunity Award Reference Form

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Karen Pavone November 19, 2012 at 06:12 AM
Thanks for informing our community about these wonderful opportunites available to local young women who distinguish themselves Sylvia!
Sylvia Barry November 19, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Thanks, Karen. We want to get the words out to local women who work so hard to improve other people's lives. We can't thank them enough!
Sylvia Barry November 28, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Deadline for Violet Richardson Award, (14-17 years old girls, volunteer based), is due December 1st.


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