of Chehalem Valley
Live Your Dream 2016 Award Winner Announced
Soroptimist International of Chehalem Valley honors local woman with Live Your Dream Award of $1,000 cash grant for educational expenses
Soroptimist International of Chehalem Valley, part of a global organization that works to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment, will present a $1,000 Soroptimist Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women (formerly the Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Awards) to help a local woman improve her economic situation.
Recipient Julie Scheckla, of Newberg, will use the cash award to help her “make ends meet” while she finishes her AA degree from PCC this spring then transfers to PSU to get her bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Julie’s goal is to work with Yamhill County youth from disadvantaged homes or who are involved in the Juvenile Justice system. She is also interested in pursuing an MA in Counseling.
Julie is a single mother. She sees herself as “a survivor and a strong, determined woman”. She wants to be able to help other women and girls who have gone through trauma. Along with school she acts on her passion to help others by volunteering at the alternative high school as well as the Chehalem Youth and Family Services program, YOOP!
The Live Your Dream Award 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. The award can be used for tuition, books, childcare, carfare or any other education-related expense.
Scheckla will now advance to the Soroptimist District and/or Region level, where recipients can receive up to an additional $5,000. The program culminates with three finalist $10,000 awards. The Live Your Dream Award provides more than $1.6 million in cash grants to head-of-household women in need each year. 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. A study conducted by The Fels Institute of Government, a research and consulting organization based at the University of Pennsylvania, confirmed the efficacy and impact of this program. It improves the recipients’ quality of life; builds their confidence; strengthens their self-determination and makes them want to, in turn, help others. Helping women in this way has the demonstrated effect of leading to stronger communities, nations and the world.
The Soroptimist International of Chehalem Valley club chose Scheckla because of her optimistic attitude in overcoming obstacles, and her desire to improve herself in order to give back to our very own Newberg/Yamhill County community.
The Chehalem Valley club is part of Soroptimist International of the Americas, a global organization that works to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. The club’s members join with almost 80,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories to contribute time and financial support to community-based projects benefiting women and girls. Soroptimist, a 501(c)(3) organization that relies on charitable donations to support its programs, also powers LiveYourDream.org—an online community offering offline volunteer opportunities in support of women and girls. For more information about how Soroptimist improves the lives of women and girls, visit www.soroptimist.org. © Soroptimist International of the Americas.
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