Soroptimist International of the East Valley (SIEV) presented two women with the organization’s signature award, the Live Your Dream scholarship. Paula L. was selected as the first-place recipient, receiving $1,500 and the runner-up, Hanan D. received $1,000. The Live Your Dream Scholarship is designed to help women continue their dream by providing resources to further their education, skills and employment prospects.
Paula is the mother of a two-year old and pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in biology. "It is important to me that I achieve my goals,” shared Paula. “Not only for me, but for my son to see that anything is possible if you work hard enough, regardless of your backgrounds and short comings. And this opportunity will help me achieve that goal."
Hanan is working towards a Bachelor’s degree in social work and has a two-year old daughter. "Despite my experience, I refused to become another statistic - I won't let my past define my future,” Hanan explained. “This scholarship will help me stay ahead and get an education that will help me serve populations that face the most disadvantages in life."
Funding for SIEV’s scholarships is possible thanks to the generous supporters of the Lost Dutchman Arts and Crafts Fair. Held on Feb. 23, a special thank you to the following sponsors: Abedi, DDS, Rebecca & Roddy Charlton, Sandie Smith, Jeanette Secor, Tim Lodice Contracting, Arizona Wholesale Floors, DTL Electric, Paul Insurance Agency, Dana & Dan Osborne, Dorian Townsend in honor of ACCEL, Rosati’s of Gold Canyon, and Theryn Hansen & Debra Eckstein, Superstition Golf Carts. Funds are also raised through SIEV’s raffle tree – congratulations to the winner, Tim.
Soroptimist International is comprised of business and professional individuals striving to improve the lives of women and girls. SIEV, formerly Soroptimist International of Apache Junction, participates in local events and programs that help support the community, with a primary focus on providing access to education for women and girls. Are you interested in joining SIEV? Membership provides the opportunity to meet new people while making a difference in the community. For membership information and additional details about SIEV, visit SIEastValley.com or call 480-382-9087. Follow SIEV on Facebook at Facebook.com/SIEastValley. SIEV meetings are held on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at 6 p.m.