Violet Richardson Award

It’s What You Do That Counts!

Are you a young woman between the ages of 14 and 17 who volunteers in your community or school? Who sees challenges instead of obstacles? Hope instead of despair? If you are a young woman who believes in the power of volunteer action, then you may be eligible to win a Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award. The Violet Richardson Award recognizes young women who make the community and world a better place through volunteer efforts such as: fighting drugs, crime and violence; cleaning up the environment; and working to end discrimination and poverty. Volunteer actions that benefit women or girls are of particular interest. Soroptimist is an organization of women whose members volunteer in their communities, often working on the same problems that you do. Although we realize that volunteering is its own reward, we also know it feels good to be recognized for your actions. And that’s why we sponsor this award.

The program is named after Violet Richardson Ward, the first president of the first Soroptimist club. Richardson Ward was committed to creating opportunities for girls and young women through her affiliations with Soroptimist, the Girl Scout Council and the American Association of University Women. Her passion for volunteer service, particularly as it affected women and girls, has been as inspiration to Soroptimists throughout the years.

Receipients are eligible for a $ 250 cash award with a matching $ 250 cash award for the charitable organization of the receipient's choosing.  


Our 2017/ 2018 recipient is   Faith Churchill


Applications are due by December 1st.

Applications can be submitted via email or USPS.

1. Email application to

2. Mail your application to:  

       Soroptimist International of Yreka
       PO Box 863
       Yreka, CA 96097

or call Dwala at (530) 340-1248