Soroptimist International of Eureka
Violet Richardson Award
Violet Richardson Award: For Girls Between 14 & 18
​This is a program conducted by Founder Region. As a volunteer service organization, Soroptimist believes that by acknowledging young women's volunteer involvement now, they will grow up to be vital active members of the community. The Violet Richardson Award honors young women between the ages of 14 and 18 for volunteer action such as fighting drugs, crime and violence, cleaning up the environment and working to end discrimination and poverty.

The award is named after Violet Richardson, the president of the first Soroptimist club in Alameda County in 1921. Richardson believed in personal responsibility and the motto, “It's what you do that counts.” She lived her life accordingly, as an active member in her community who was committed to creating opportunities for girls and young women. Soroptimist established this award to honor the memory of this unique woman and her dedication to volunteer action.

Who is the Violet Richardson Award Honoree?
• A young woman who is caring, compassionate, creative and most of all committed to making
the world a better place.
• A young woman who has demonstrated leadership and initiative in both identifying a problem
and in trying to solve it. Taking a first step in making a difference in the world shows both
leadership and initiative.
• A young woman who has had significant and noteworthy accomplishments as a volunteer.

Eligibility
• Applicants must be young women 14 to 18 years of age.
• Applicants must be engaged in volunteer activity​​. ​

Previous winners of the award are also ineligible. Soroptimist members, SIA employees and
​their immediate families are not eligible for any Soroptimist monetary award available to the public. Immediate family is defined to include spouse/partner, parents, siblings, children and grandchildren by adoption, blood or marriage.


"It's WHAT You Do That Counts!"

Deadline: Applications are due each year by November 15.

​VIOLET RICHARDSON WARD, THE PRESIDENT OF   THE FIRST SOROPTIMIST CLUB