Grants and Awards
As a service organization whose mission is to improve the lives of women and girls locally and globally, Soroptimist International of Ashland uses income from fund raising activities like the Pillow Booth at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and donations from our members and friends to fund grants and awards to individuals and programs in our community.
Live Your Dream Award (formerly Women's Opportunity Award), the signature project of Soroptimist International of the Americas, helps women support their families while, as primary wage earners, they complete training or degree programs.
Vicki Smith Memorial Scholarships honor graduating Ashland High School seniors who serve as role models for other women. In 2022, thanks to generous donors, SI-Ashland was able to award three of these awards.
Vocational/Technical Awards support Phoenix and Ashland High School graduates who have demonstrated academic achievement and social responsibility and are entering a vocational or technical program.
SOU Athletic Awards recognize Southern Oregon University student athletes for athletic accomplishment and academic achievement.
Economics and Social Development
Women Helping Women Award (formerly Ruby Award) honors women in the Rogue Valley who are not Soroptimists, and who through their professional or volunteer efforts are making extraordinary differences to improve the lives of women and girls..
SOU Grant-in-Aid supports Southern Oregon University students who excel scholastically, contribute to the community, and desire to enter a profession of service.
In addition to scholarships and grants to individuals, Soroptimist International of Ashland also makes grants to organizations and programs that benefit our community.
OSF FAIR Program
Half of the proceeds from the Soroptimist Pillow Booth at the Oregon Shakespeare festival go to OSF to support the FAIR program (Fellowships, Apprenticeships, Internships, and Residencies).
2022 Award Recipients
Front row: Saosinuth Beasley (live Your Dream), Malaika Quigley (SOU Athletic Award, Soccer), Haylee Brodahl (SOU Athletic Award, XC/Track), and Annalise Gutrich (Vicki Smith Memorial).
Back row: Katie Vroman (Volleyball), Megan Monaghan (Live Your Dream), Jillian Mahon (Live Your Dream), Nayeli Esqueda Alvarado (SOU Grant-in-Aid), Bernice Petit (SOU Grant-in-Aid), and Estefani Reyes Elias (Vicki Smith Memorial).
Not present, Kaia O'Neil (Vicki Smith Memorial).
Photo: Janie Burcart
2017 Award Recipients
Left to right: Sarah Shepard – Live Your Dream, Brittany Travis – VoTech, Caitlyn Abshire – GIA, Brenna Culbert – Live Your Dream, Elizabeth Sukles – AHS, Delany Meads – AHS, Nelle Strong – VoTech, Jenni Rosenberg – Women Helping Women; Not present: Davalin Ontiveros - Athletic
2016 Award Recipients
SOU Women’s Athletic Award: Kylie Moltzen $1,500, Vicki Smith Memorial Ashland High School Scholarship: Sarah Lasoff $1,500, Zoey Petrone $1,500, Vocational Technical Award: Makayla Bellis, Ashland High School $500, Monserrad Ramirez. Phoenix High School $500. SOU Grant-in-Aid: Dusti Campbell $2,000, Bethany Dawson $1,000. Live Your Dream Award: Aubrey Fitzgerald $2,000, Paige Johnson $1,000. Women Helping Women Award: Agnes Emma Baker Pilgrim $500
2015 Award Recipients
Back Row: Amy Waters (SOU Grant-in-Aid), Kailee Scott-Unger (Vicki Smith Memorial) and Marina Harnell (Live your Dream Award). Front Row: Lilana Wurfl (Vicki Smith Memorial), Teresa Lehman (Vocational Technical Award), Alexa Gonzalez (SOU Women’s Athletic Award) and Sydney White (SOU Women’s Athletic Award)
2013 Award Recipients
Back Row: Sabrina Podsobinkski: (SOU Grant In Aid), Claire Huggins (Ashland HS: Vocational Technical Award), Sara Ratto: (WOA), Sharifa Johka: (OSF), Erin Keoppen: (Vicki Smith Memorial), Christine Darland: (WOA) - Front Row: Alyssa Bricker: (SOU Women’s Athletic Award), Theannah Hannon: (Vicki Smith Memorial), Sarah Cotton Honeywell: Violet Richardson Award - Not in attendance: Sharon Rich – SOU Fellowship Award, Walder Reeder – Ruby Award
2012 Award Recipients
BACK ROW: Lauren Frazier (Vocational technical Award), Maureen Page (Vicki Smith memorial), Alex Kielsing (Vicki Smith memorial), Tatsiana Asheichyk (SOU Grant-in-Aid), Christa Tapp (Violet Richardson Award), Pam Roessler (SOU FellowshipAward), Malinda Wood (Ruby Award), Sharifa Johka (FAIR Experience Manager - OSF)
FRONT ROW: Tenaya Kenner (Tracie Tedaldi Scholarship), Stephanie Carr (SOU Women's athletic Award), Tawyna Ayala-Baker (Women's Opportunity Award), Jackie Farrell (Women's Opportunity Award), Sherry Nurre (SOU Grant-in-Aid),
2011 Award Recipients
Back Row: Hannah Sayles (Vicki Smith Memorial), Maile Raymond (Violet Richardson), Cherise Brittany Cottier (SOU Grant-in-Aid), Kelly Clark (SOU Athletic Award, Track); Renee Yomtob (SOU Athletic Award, Volleyball); Randall Lum (OSF FAIR Experience Manager)
Front Row: Athena Storm (SOU Grant-in-Aid), Kysa McSky (Vicki Smith Memorial), Katie Moy (SOU Athletic Award, softball), Kasey Baker (Violet Richardson), Jessica Kuehlwein (SOU Athletic Award, soccer), Susan Moen (Ruby Award), Linda Edholm (Women's Opportunity Award)
2010 Award Recipients
from left to right: Liz Kiger - SOU Athlete (Tennis), Katie Moy - SOU Athlete (Softball), Dr. Deltra Ferguson - Ruby Award, Nica Pap - WOA, Jessica Plascencia - Vo-Tech, Jessica Kuehlwein - SOU Athlete (Soccer), Leah Bergstrom - SOU Athlete (Volleyball), Emily Hand - Vicki SmithMemorial AHS Scholarship, Kelly Clark - SOU Athlete (Track), Maraya Best - Violet Richardson Award, with Kimiko Shimodo, OSF FAIR in the foreground
Kimberly Thompson with daughter Anissa joined us after visiting the emergency room for a playground mishap. Kimberly is our WOA winner, with an additional $5,000 award from Soroptimist NWR.
2007 Award Recipients
OSF Marketing Director, Mallory Pierce