The Soroptimist International clubs of Mt. Adams and Hood River are offering five Women's Opportunity Awards to Gorge area women.
Applications are now available and are due by Dec. 1, 2012.
Women's Opportunity Awards give financial assistance to women who provide the primary financial responsibility for their families, who are seeking to further their education as a means to improve their lives.
To be eligible for the award, applicants must be enrolled in, or have been accepted to, a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program, must demonstrate financial need, and cannot have received the award previously.
The award can be used for any educational expenses, including tuition, childcare, transportation or textbooks.
The clubs are offering three awards of $1,500, and two awards of $1,000.
Online applications are available at www.simtadams.org. Printed applications are available at the White Salmon Community Library, Columbia Gorge Community College, Hood River Campus, or the Hood River Library.
Completed applications are due by Dec. 1 to: SIMA, PO Box 152, White Salmon, Wash., 98762 or SIHR, PO Box 51, Hood River, Ore., 97031.
"These awards are real, local dollars helping real, local women," says Soroptimist Mt. Adams club project coordinator Susan Lovrin.
"Some of the funds we've raised over the past year with the community's support are now available to women who are working to make a better life for themselves and their families. Our Soroptimist clubs will be able to fund five awards this year with the help of our generous community supporters," continued Lovrin.
For more information regarding Women's Opportunity Awards contact Lovrin at 493-3528.
The Women's Opportunity Award is one of Soroptimist's identifying projects. Soroptimist International of Mt. Adams has participated in the award for many years, and has funded 11 awards totaling $9,000 over just the past six years.
Soroptimist is an international volunteer service organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world.