Soroptimist International of Big Bear Valley celebrated five local women at the annual “Live Your Dream” Awards which provide scholarships for education and training in the applicant’s field of choice. The February 16th ceremony presented a $1500 scholarship to Valarie Gonzalez as Soroptimist International’s Big Bear 2017 “Live Your Dream” Award Winner. Additionally, recipients Kathryn Haatvedt, Angela Sakai, Johanna Sanders and Sara Schreiber each received $1000 scholarships. The “Live Your Dream” scholarship program provides monetary assistance to women who are the primary source of financial support for their families, while working towards a college degree or completion of a specialized training program. Through Soroptimist International of the Americas, each year, more than $1.7 million in education grants are awarded to over 1,300 women. To learn about the program, visit LiveYourDream.org.