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.


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

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  • 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.

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  • 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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