The Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland is now accepting applications for grants for women who are pursuing higher education and training. The Live Your Dream Education and Training Awards provide assistance and support in the form of $1,000 cash grants for women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families. This includes tuition, books, childcare, carfare, and any other education-related expense. The local recipient will advance to the Soroptimist Desert Coast Region level, where she could receive up to an additional $5,000. From there, three finalists will receive $10,000 in awards. Applications are available at or by contacting Aleta Dirdo at