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Loomis Soroptimist now accepting education award and grant applications

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Soroptimist International of Loomis Basin invites students, teachers and volunteer role models to apply for community awards, using applications on the Soroptimist Loomis website at soroptimistloomis.com/awards.

The application for the Live Your Dream Award of up to $2,000 that assists women in pursuing higher education to improve their career prospects is due on Nov. 15. This award supports women, who provide the primary financial support for their families, to continue their education to reach their goals.

Live Your Dream Award recipients can  use the award to offset the cost of books, childcare, tuition and transportation required to attain higher education. To apply, women must live in the Loomis Basin, demonstrate financial need and be enrolled in or have been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program. Previous winners are not eligible and women can only apply to one Soroptimist International club. Applicants can apply online at bit.ly/LYDA-apply.

The Loomis Soroptimist Community Service Award provides up to $1,000 for a girl who attends Del Oro High School, lives in the Loomis Basin and volunteers to make a difference in the community. On the application, the girl must describe how she improves the world around her, especially for women and girls, through her volunteer efforts. The Loomis Soroptimist Community Service Award application is on the club website and is due Dec. 1.

Teacher grant applications are due Dec. 1. Elementary school teachers in the Loomis Union School District are encouraged to apply for mini-grants from the Loomis Soroptimist club to support educational projects that will benefit students over time. The $100 to  $250 grants have funded books, music, technology, classroom equipment and other special projects that enrich students’ education.

The 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 those who have made a significant impact and who inspire other women to be their best. Submit the nomination form to the Loomis club by Dec. 1.

Applications for these awards are available at soroptimistloomis.com. For more information or questions, email Cyndie Whitefoot, the club’s Loomis Award Committee co-chairwoman, at cyndiefoot@aol.com. Mail completed applications to SI Loomis Awards, P.O. Box 1141, Loomis CA 95650.

To learn more Soroptimist International of Loomis Basin, visit soroptimistloomis.com. The club meets on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Loomis Train Depot (Taylor Road and Horseshoe Bar Road) in Loomis.