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September 20, 2012
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Soroptimists offering college scholarships

Soroptimist International of Carson Valley, an international volunteer organization for business and professional women, is seeking applicants for three women's awards programs.

The Violet Richardson Award, named for the president of the first Soroptimist Club, targets women ages 14-17 who make the community and the world a better place through volunteer action, such as fighting drugs, crime and violence, cleaning up the environment and working to end discrimination and poverty. The winner of the Violet Richardson Scholarship at the local level receives $500 and becomes eligible for a regional-level award of $1,000, with another $1,000 given in her honor to her volunteer organization.

The winner at the regional level then becomes eligible for the federation-level award. This honor culminates in one young woman receiving international recognition, a certificate, a personal gift from Soroptimist and $2,500 given in her honor to the organization where she is most active as a volunteer. Applications are available at Douglas High School, Sierra Lutheran High School, Sheriff's Explorer Program, Douglas County Public Library, online at and from Linda Faff, 265-1746.

Since 1972, the Soroptimist's Women's Opportunity Awards program has provided women who serve as the primary financial support for their families with the financial resources to offset costs associated with a school they are enrolled in or have been accepted to, a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program. The winner of the Women's Opportunity Award receives a $1,000 cash grant and will become eligible to receive a regional-level award of $5,000. The winner of the regional-level award then becomes eligible to receive one of three $10,000 finalist awards.

The Landis Award, named in honor of lifetime Soroptimist member Sally Landis of Carson City, includes up to a $10,000 cash award. Sally Landis requested that SI of Carson Valley provide scholarship assistance to mothers returning to school or college to better themselves and improve their personal circumstances through education. To be eligible for the Landis Award, women must serve as the primary financial support for their families and need financial assistance to continue in school or have been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program. Landis Award recipients may use the cash award to offset any costs associated with higher education, including books, child care and transportation.

Applications for both the Women's Opportunity Award and the Landis Award are available online at or by calling Alicia Main at 450-4969. Applicants for the Landis Award should complete a Women's Opportunity Award application to apply.

Soroptimist International of Carson Valley meets each Tuesday at noon at the Carson Valley Inn. If you are a professional woman interested in joining our club, you are invited to join us for lunch and a club meeting on the second Tuesday of each month. For more information about the club, visit

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