Violet Richardson Award

Each year Soroptimist is proud to honor the volunteer and leadership efforts of young women between the ages of 14-17 through the Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award. This program recognizes girls who are learning about themselves and their dreams, while giving selflessly to those in need. The Award is named after the first president of the first Soroptimist club, whose motto was, "It’s what you do that counts."

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

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.

If you are a young woman who believes in the power of volunteer action, then you should apply.