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 Since 1972, the Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards program (formerly the Women’s Opportunity Awards) has disbursed more than $25 million to tens of thousands of women who have overcome poverty, domestic and sexual violence, divorce, the death of a spouse, or other life challenges. They are women—just like you—who had the courage and determination to turn their lives around.

Deadline: December 1st

To download and print the application, click below

Live Your Dream Scholarship Application

 

Completed applications must be sent to the Homestead Club.

Deadline for the application is December 1st.

Mail your completed applications to:

Soroptimist International of Homestead
P. O. Box 900384
Homestead, Florida 33090-0384

Soroptimist is concerned with the special challenges facing today’s girls and young women. The organization launched the Violet Richardson Award program in 2000 as a way to recognize girls for their volunteer service to their communities. The program honors young women between the ages of 14 and 17 whose volunteer efforts include: helping other disadvantaged girls; fighting drugs, crime and violence; cleaning up the environment; and working to end discrimination and poverty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Deadline:
Applications are due each year on December 1.

Step 1: Determine if you are eligible

Are You:

  • A young woman, currently between the ages of 14 and 17, who is caring, compassionate, creative and most of all, committed to making the world a better place.
  • A young woman who has demonstrated initiative in both identifying a problem and trying to solve it.
  • A young woman who has had significant and noteworthy accomplishments as a volunteer

Step 2: Download and complete the Application
Click Here: Violet Richardson Award Application

Step 3: Mail your application
Completed applications must be sent to the Homestead Club. Deadline for the application is December 1st. Mail your completed applications to:

Soroptimist International of Homestead
P. O. Box 900384
Homestead, Florida 33090-0384

Violet Richardson Award (Online Application)

  • Instructions

    Completed application and any supporting materials must be received by December 1 at the address listed on the back of this application. Soroptimists, Soroptimist employees and the immediate families of both are ineligible, as are previous Violet Richardson Award winners. Applications submitted directly to Soroptimist headquarters will not be considered

    General Information

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Essay

    In a typewritten essay, up to 750 words, tell us where you volunteer and why. Describe the goals of the organization and its impact on the problem(s) it addresses. What is your role in the organization? What have you accomplished as a volunteer?

  • Additional Materials (Optional)

    Please feel free to submit any supporting materials that you think we should see (for example, newspaper clippings, photographs, etc.). Additional materials are optional. Make sure that your name and phone number are on all additional materials.

  • Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: jpg, gif, png, pdf.
  • Agreement

    • I certify that all information provided in this application is complete and accurate to the best of my knowledge. I will notify the designated club to which I have submitted this application if there are any changes.
    • I understand that this award is taxable in the United States . Recipients in other countries should check their local tax laws.
    • I certify that this is the only application I have made this year for a Violet Richardson Award from this or any other Soroptimist club.
    • I understand that my application and supporting materials become the property of Soroptimist International of the Americas (SIA) upon submission, and that SIA shall have sole discretion in using these materials for the purpose of publicizing the Violet Richardson Award program.
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Are you a woman or girl who resides in South Miami-Dade or Monroe County Florida? Are you working toward a college degree? Do you have a financial need in working toward your degree? Do you have any present involvement in community service? Do you have any future plans to get involved?
If the answers to the above questions are “Yes!” then Soroptimist International of Homestead would like to help you pursue your degree.
                                                                                                                                                          

Step 1: Download the Application Here: Memorial Scholarship Application

Step 2: Fill out the Application completely (either print and mail it, or fill out online and email)

Completed applications must be sent to the Homestead Club. Please mail your completed applications to:

For Mail:
Soroptimist International of Homestead
P. O. Box 900384
Homestead, Florida 33090-0384

Email to:
Scholarships@sihomestead.com

Memorial Scholarship Award (Online Application)

  • SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL OF HOMESTEAD MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
    Sponsored and funded by
    Soroptimist International of Homestead, Fl.

    Founded in 1921, Soroptimist is an international organization for business and professional women who provide volunteer service to their communities. Almost 100,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories contribute time and financial support to community–based and international projects benefiting women and girls.

    Soroptimist International of Homestead Florida was chartered in 1948. Soroptimist International of Homestead established this award in honor of our members who have passed away. As community leaders, we encourage higher education.

    This Scholarship is to provide financial aid to a woman who is working toward a degree or a postgraduate’s degree. She must have a financial need, career goals and present or future involvement in community service. This award will be paid directly to the educational institution. The award can be used for tuition, books, fees, dorm fees, etc.

    Applicants must meet the following criteria:

    1. Applicants must be a US citizen and maintain their permanent residence or attend a school south of Kendall Drive (S.W. 88th Street) in Miami Florida. Monroe County residents will also be included. Applicants may be attending a University away from the area, however, they must maintain their permanent residence south of Kendall Drive (S.W. 88th Street) in Miami Florida.
    2. Application deadline is December 1. Applications received after that date or any incomplete applications will be disqualified.
    3. Applicants must be available for personal interviews. Interviews may be conducted by the SIH scholarship committee.
    4. Applicant must provide transcripts that show active enrollment in a College or University.

    Instructions

    Please complete this application as thoroughly as possible and return it with completed references to the address list at the end of this application package – BEFORE THE DEADLINE.

    Before you begin this application, BE SURE THAT YOU MEET THE SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL OF HOMESTEAD MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD’S PROGRAM CRITERIA AS STATED ON THE COVER PAGE OF THIS APPLICATION.

    Applications should be typed. If you cannot get your application typed, USE BLACK INK AND PRINT VERY NEATLY.

    Part I: PERSONAL DATA

  • PART II: OCCUPATIONAL EXPERIENCE (if any)

    List your most recent employment first and any work experience that directly relates to, or may have helped prepare you for your CAREER GOAL.

  • PART III: EDUCATION

    List schools you have attended since High School and any in which you are currently or soon to be enrolled.

  • When you attain the degree you are currently working on, will you be continuing your education?

  • Please provide details about any school committees, clubs or civic activities that you have been involved within the past 3 years. Describe how you have made a difference. If needed, please use a separate sheet of paper. Responses should be typed

  • PART IV: GOALS

    Use a separate sheet of paper to respond to questions #1 & #2 and Part V. Answers to each of these questions should not exceed one typewritten page.

  • PART V: PERSONAL STATEMENT

    Why do you feel you would make a good Scholarship Award recipient? Address the criteria for this program and any adverse conditions you have overcome. Use a separate sheet of paper to respond. Your answer should not exceed one typewritten page.

  • PART VI: FINANCES

    It is essential that this section reflect a picture of your financial need. Projected Estimate of Annual Educational* Expenses

    * Tuition, Books, Lab Fees, Additional Living Expenses, Additional Travel Expenses

  • PART VII: REFERENCES

    Please provide TWO Personal references from people who are not related to you.

  • PART VIII: AGREEMENT

    SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL OF HOMESTEAD understands and agrees that this application and the information contained within is privileged information and it will not be shared with others.

    I UNDERSTAND THAT MY APPLICATION AND SUPPORTING INFORMATION BECOME THE PROPERTY OF The Soroptimist International of Homestead, and they shall have discretionary authority in all matters pertaining to this award.

    I understand that this award is taxable in the United States and as such will be paid directly to the EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION of my choice. (Recipients in other areas should check their local tax laws).

    I certify that the information in this application is complete and accurate to the best of my knowledge, and I will notify the designated Soroptimist club if there are any changes.

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • COMPLETED APPLICATIONS AND REFERENCES MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN April 15th. The board of directors of Soroptimist International of Homestead will select a committee that will judge all award applications. The board reserves the right to include an outside judge for the purposes of selecting a winner.

SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL OF HOMESTEAD

SOUTHERN REGION

SOROPTIMIST OF THE AMERICAS

 

BY-LAWS

ARTICLE I

NAME OF CLUB

1.01    The name of this club shall be Soroptimist International of Homestead, Florida.

 

ARTICLE II

 

MISSION 

2.01      The Mission of this club shall be to promote the advancement of women and girls through volunteer service to the community, and to serve as a global voice on issues of importance to women and girls; and to engage in any other lawful activities that further the exempt purpose of the Club.

ARTICLE III

TERRITORIAL LIMITS

3.01      .  The member must live or work within the territorial limits of the club as defined in the Southern Region. 

ARTICLE IV

ADMISSION TO MEMBERSHIP

4.01      Any member of this club may propose for membership any individual considered eligible.  A member may discuss membership with a prospect, but only after a determination of eligibility has been made by the Growth and Development Committee.

4.02      A proposal for membership shall be submitted to the Growth and Development Committee, which committee shall verify eligibility and determine classification and submit its’ report to the President.

4.03     The President shall submit the name of a proposed member to the Board of Directors within 15 fifteen (15) days after notification to her by the Growth and Development Committee.  A two-thirds (2/3) vote by the Board of Directors is needed for approval or disapproval of the proposed member.  If the proposed member is approved by the Board of Directors, the President shall notify the Chairman of the Growth and Development Committee of the Board’s decision.  Within seven (7) days, the President, or a designated committee member, shall arrange for written notification of the name, classification and position of the proposed member to each member of the club.

4.04    If no objection to the admission of the proposed member is received by the President within ten (10) days of the notice to club members, the President shall be directed to extend the invitation to membership in writing to the proposed member.  The invitation shall remain open for thirty (30) days unless, at the expiration of that time, an extension is granted by the Board of Directors.

4.05   If within the time allotted, a member objects to the admission of the proposed member, in writing, the Board of Directors shall meet within five (5) days after the expiration of the time for objection to consider such objection and vote on the question of admission.  A two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Board of Directors shall be required to approve admission if such objection has been filed.  The objector may appear in person before the Board of Directors to state the objection.

4.06  The new member shall be installed upon receipt of the acceptance of the invitation to membership and payment of all required fees and dues.

4.07A  person may be invited to Honorary membership after approval by the Board of Directors and a quorum vote of the general membership (55%) at a regular business meeting, or a specially called meeting for this purpose.

4.08      The club shall maintain a classified membership that is representative of the diversity of occupations and classifications in its community.

 

ARTICLE V

PRIVILEGES OF MEMBERSHIP

5.01    Honorary members may attend meetings of the club, may speak, but shall not make motions or vote.  All other members, including Life and   members whose participation meets the requirements set by the Club, may speak, make motions and vote.

 

ARTICLE VI

CLUB OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

6.01     The Officers of this club shall be:

            President

            Vice President

            Treasurer

            Recording Secretary

            Corresponding Secretary

            Two Board Members (one to include the Past President)

 

ARTICLE VII

TERMS OF OFFICE

7.01   All officers and directors of this Club shall hold office for (two (2) years, commencing July 1, or until their successors are elected.

 

ARTICLE VIII

VACANCY IN OFFICE

8.01   In the event of a vacancy in the office of President, the Vice President shall become President.

8.02     If the Vice President cannot serve as the President or in the event of any other vacancy in office, the vacancy shall be filled in the following manner.  The Board of Directors shall act as the nominating committee and shall report at the next business meeting or at any special meeting called for that purpose.  Nominations may then be made from the floor and the Club shall elect by a quorum (55%) vote of the General Membership.

ARTICLE IX

NOTICE OF SPECIAL BOARD MEETINGS

9.01     Special board meetings may be called by the President when required.  Twenty-four (24) hours notice, personal, written (e-mail) or telephone shall be given to each Board member for any special meeting.

9.02   A special board meeting may be called by the President without the above twenty-four (24) hours notice only if all Board members have been contacted and give their verbal consent of waiver of the twenty-four (24) hours notice.

9.03      Two-thirds (2/3) of the members of the Board shall constitute a quorum.

 

ARTICLE X

NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS

10.01  The Nominating Committee shall be formed in March and shall consist of three (3) members.  The President shall appoint the Chairman of the committee.  The Board shall elect one member of the committee and the General Membership shall elect one member of the committee.  Only one member of the present Board may serve on the Nominating Committee.

10.02  The nominating committee shall nominate one or more candidates for each board office, and two (2) Directors.

10.03  The nominating committee shall meet 60 days prior to the conference/meeting to nominate the Regional and District Delegates.  In the year of the Federation Convention, the Federation Delegate and alternates will be elected 60 days prior.  The club will not budget and pay any expenses for a delegate to attend the Federation Convention.

10.04 The consent of the nominee must be obtained before the name is placed in nomination.

10.05 The report of the Nominating Committee shall be read to the club at the business meeting preceding the meeting of the election.

10.06The election shall be held at the first business meeting in May.  The report of the Nominating Committee shall be read again at this meeting and additional nominations may be made from the floor.

 

10.07Election shall be by written ballot for any office for which there is more than one nominee.

 

ARTICLE XI

REGULAR CLUB MEETINGS

 

11.0     The regular meetings of this club shall be held on Tuesdays at 12:00 noon. The club will have one evening meeting per quarter and the meeting will be scheduled at the President’s discretion.  Evening meetings will take the place of the 12:00 noon for that week.   The General Membership may vote on the dates for temporary disbandment of meetings.

 

ARTICLE XII

 NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETINGS

12.01    Special meetings may be called by the President when required.  Twenty-four hours (24) notice, personal, written (e-mail), or telephone shall be given each member for any special meeting.

12.02     A special meeting may be called by the President without the above twenty-four (24) notice only if all members have been contacted and given their consent of waiver of the twenty-four hours notice.

ARTICLE XIII

PLACE OF MEETINGS

13.01   The place of the regular meetings of this club shall be determined by the vote of the General Membership.  The evening meeting locations will be determined by the Board of Directors or the Social Committee.

 

ARTICLE XIV

QUORUM

 

14.01   Fifty-five (55) percent of the General Membership shall constitute a quorum.  Honorary and Active Service members are excluded.

 

ARTICLE XV

ADDITIONAL COMMITTEES

15.01   The club may provide for sub-committees upon a quorum vote (55%) of the General Membership.

15.02   The club may wish to provide for special committees for certain ongoing Ways and Means projects, other projects or for programs under Federation’s support.

15.03   Special committees must be approved by a quorum vote (55%) of the General Membership.

 

ARTICLE XVI

 ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS

16.01   To be in good standing, hold office or be a delegate, a member must attend at least seventy-five (75) percent of the monthly club meetings.  The 75% attendance includes “excused” absences.  In order to vote, members must attend at least one meeting each quarter and participate in one quarterly event (if applicable).

16.02     This requirement is not applicable to Life or Honorary members.

 

ARTICLE XVII

LEAVE OF ABSENCE

17.01   A leave of absence may be granted by the Board of Directors for a period of not more than six (6) months.  Upon expiration of the six (6) month period, the leave of absence should again come before the Board of Directors for action, and the matter be resolved in compliance with the Policy Code of the Club.

 

ARTICLE XVIII

AUDIT

18.01   The Treasurer’s books shall be audited within forty-five (45) days of the close of the fiscal year by a committee of three club members appointed by the President and approved by the Board of Directors.

 

ARTICLE XIX

BONDING OF THE TREASURER

 

19.01   The Treasurer shall not be bonded unless special provision is made in the Policy Code of this club.

 

ARTICLE XX

CLUB DUES AND FEES

20.01    Annual dues become due on June 1st of each year based upon the current (approved) annual budget.  The categories are as follows:

 

Regular Member

Life Member

Retired/Unemployed Member

Embarking Member

 

20.02   In addition to the required annual dues, each new member of this club shall pay a new member fee.

 

ARTICLE XXI

AMENDMENTS OF CLUB BY-LAWS

 

21.01     The By-Laws may be amended at any regular business meeting of the club by a quorum vote (55%) of the membership, provided that notice of the amendment has been given at the preceding business meeting or via e-mail forty eight (48) hours in advance.  All voting members must have been advised of the proposed amendment.

 

ARTICLE XXII

PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY

 

22.01   The rules contained in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall be the parliamentary authority for all matters not specifically covered in these By-Laws, Southern Region By-Laws and Standing Rules, SIA By-Laws and Procedures, or Soroptimist International Constitution.

 

ARTICLE XXIII

DISSOLUTION

 

23.01      Upon the dissolution of Soroptimist International of Homestead, its governing body shall, after paying or making provisions for the payment of all of the liabilities of the Club, dispose of all the assets of the Club exclusively for the exempt purposes of the Club in such manner, or to such organization or organizations organized and operated exclusively for charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes which at the time qualify as exempt organization or organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Code, as the Club’s governing body shall determine. Any assets not so distributed shall be distributed by a court of competent jurisdiction of the county in which the Club’s principal office is then located exclusively for the Club’s exempt purposes. The use of any surplus funds for private inurnment to any person in the event of a sale of the assets or dissolution of the corporation is expressly prohibited.