Scholarships & Awards

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1.  Live Your Dream Award 

One award Amount: $2,000
The Soroptimist Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women provides women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families with the financial resources to offset costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education or additional skills and training. Recipients can use the award for tuition, books, childcare, carfare or any other education-related expense. Each year, more than $1.6 million is provided in cash grants to women in need. Since the program’s inception in 1972, approximately $30 million has helped tens of thousands of women achieve their dreams of a better life for themselves and their families—leading to stronger communities, nations and the world.

For complete eligibility requirements, please check out the following web page

Once you have determined your eligibility check out this link for Live Your Dream Awards Application

Status:  Currently Accepting Applications through November 15, 2018

Questions? Contact Rebecca at 541-786-1655.

2.  Soroptimist Ruby Award – Honors women who, through their professional or personal efforts, are making extraordinary differences in the lives of women or girls. Honorees are women who have worked to improve the lives of other women or girls. More information here:
Award: $500 to the Recipient’s Charity of Choice
Status: Currently Closed

3.  Jean McKenzie Award – nominations accepted from Soroptimist members
This award was established in 1993 to honor Jean McKenzie, a Soroptimist Life Member and long-time community leader. Her Soroptimist pin was mounted on a plaque to be given each year to an outstanding Soroptimist.

In 2001, Soroptimist of La Grande combined the Jean McKenzie Award with the Soroptimist Woman of the Year Award honoring one Soroptimist with the “Jean McKenzie Woman of the Year” traveling plaque.

Please nominate a Soroptimist who is an outstanding volunteer in Union County, who cares about our area and tries to “Make a Difference” – a member who has demonstrated community involvement and helping others beyond the club requirement for members. The recipient’s name will be submitted for consideration for the Soroptimist International “Women of Distinction” and/or “Women Helping Women” award.

Status:  Applications to be accepted late winter, early spring 2019
JM Biography info

Jean McKenzie nomination form

Status:  Currently Closed

Questions?  Contact Melinda Wells,  541-963-7433




 1.  EOU Senior Scholarship  

Award: $5,000
For Academic Year:

– Must be female, credited for Senior status for the three terms of the scholarship.
– Must be a graduate of a Union County high school or have been a Union County
resident for the past five years.
Status: Currently Closed

2.  EOU Continuation Scholarship
Awards (2):
– $3,000 ea
For Academic Year:
Submission Due Date:
– Must be female, credited at Sophomore, Junior, or Senior status for the three terms of the
– GPA 2.5 or better
– Must be a graduate of a Union County high school or have been a Union County
resident for the past five years.
Status:  Currently Closed


3.  Union County High School Scholarship  
Awards (5): $2,500 each
For academic year:
Submission Due Date:
For Women
– Must be a graduate of a Union County High School
– Not university specific, but preference will be given to those attending Eastern Oregon
Status:     Currently Closed

4. Pro/Tech Scholarships
: $2,000
For academic year:
Submission Due Date:

For students who like working outdoors, or with their hands, or are planning on taking over a family business, you might be looking at technical, vocational or a trade school. These schools focus on career preparation, giving you all of the skills you need to enter careers like electrician, carpentry or certain technology and medical fields, etc. Will consider certification up to two year degree

– Must be a graduate of a Union County High School or lived in Union County for more than 5 years
– Permanent residence in Union County
– Open to men and women, preference given to applicants furthering Soroptimist mission.

Status:   Currently Closed