Soroptimist International

MOUNT VERNON — Soroptimist International of Mount Vernon and Knox County has presented its 2020 Live Your Dream awards to two Mount Vernon women, Mikala Montgomery and Meredith Collins.

The Live Your Dream award provides women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families with a financial award to offset costs associated with attaining higher education.

Ms. Montgomery, the first place winner, is studying nursing at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC), and Ms. Collins, the second place winner, is studying Human Services at COTC.

“The Live Your Dream award was created for non-traditional students,” said Becky Chamberlin, chair of the Soroptimist of Mount Vernon Live Your Dreams award committee. “The Awards are for women who have overcome some struggles in their lives, and are now raising their families while also going to school to make their lives better. Mikala and Meredith were impressive applicants, and we are happy to give them these awards.”

Ms. Montgomery and Ms. Collins are both appreciative of the award.

“The Soroptimist club has been a giant blessing in my life, helping relieve the stress of financial strain school can put on a single mom," Montgomery said. "I’m so thankful for the award and am excited to further my education.”

Soroptimist of Mount Vernon and Knox County is part of Soroptimist International, a global volunteer organization that provides women and girls access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment. The local Mount Vernon Club supports local women and girls through financial awards and educational programs.

Soroptimist International of the Americas, Inc.® Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pa., Soroptimist ( provides women and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment through the work of volunteers in 21 countries and territories. Its Soroptimist Dream Programs (the Live Your Dream Awards and Dream It, Be It) ensure women and girls have access to the education and training they need to reach their full potential.

The Live Your Dream Awards has disbursed almost $35 million in awards to tens of thousands of women since the award-winning program began in 1972. Dream It, Be It has helped more than 35,000 girls since it launched in 2015. A 501(c)(3) organization that relies on charitable donations to support its programs, Soroptimist also powers®, an online community that offers volunteer opportunities in support of women and girls.

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