Soroptimist International of Eel River Valley (SIERV) is offering monetary awards for women to assist them in completing their education and to honor them for the work they do in the community. SIERV is now seeking applicants for the following awards:

* Women's Opportunity Award. This is a $1,000 cash award for a women who is the primary financial support for her family and who is accepted to or enrolled in an undergraduate degree or vocational skills-training program with the goal of improving her occupational status. This award may be used at the winner's discretion to offset any costs associated with educational efforts. Examples are books, transportation and/or childcare. This program begins at the club level and the winner will also be able to compete at Soroptimist International district and region levels. Applicants will be judged by an independent panel, and the winner will be honored at the SIERV's Annual Awards presentation in the spring. Application

Forms are available from Barbara Anderson, 725-6684 with a deadline of Dec. 15.

* The Ruby Award. This award honors women who, through their professional or personal efforts, are making extraordinary differences in the lives of women or girls. Community members may nominate a woman they feel is deserving of this honor or may nominate themselves.

The winner of this award should be available to accept the award in person and will be given a monetary award the Soroptimist's Annual Awards Dinner. Soroptimist members are not eligible for this award. For more information contact Barbara Anderson at 725-6864. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 1.

* The Violet Richardson Award. This award recognizes girls, ages 14 to 17, who through community service make their community and the world a better place, particularly for women and girls. These efforts might include working with the elderly or homeless, environmental protection and youth organizations. The winner will receive $250 with a $100 donation to the charity of her choice, and will be eligible to compete at the Soroptimist district and regional levels. Deadline for applications is Dec. 1 with applications available from Sue Finch at 725-5896. For details about these awards, call Kay Chapman at 725-2519.