Soroptimist are concerned with the special challenges facing today’s girls and young women. The organization launched the Soroptimist International of Coronado Service Award (formerly the Violet Richardson Award) as a way to recognize girls for their volunteer service to their communities. 

The program honors two young women between the ages of 14 -15 and 16 -18 whose volunteer efforts include: helping other disadvantaged girls; fighting drugs; crime and violence; cleaning up the environment; and working to end discrimination and poverty. The winners can receive up to $500 for the individual and $500 toward their charity.

Applications are due each year on March 1.

You can find the application here:

Soroptimist International of Coronado Service Award Application

Please submit it by emailing or mailing the application to:

Soroptimist International of Coronado

PO Box 180345,

Coronado, CA  92178-0345

Sierra Gillingham | 2017 Soroptimist of Coronado Service Award

Madison Steel | 2017 Soroptimist of Coronado Service Award

Virginia Rose Meek | 2016 Violet Richardson Award Winner

Bianca Valle l  2013 Violet Richardson Award Winner

Sydney Swanson | 2012 Violet Richardson Award Winner

Courtney Haas | 2011 Violet Richardson Award Winner

Allyson Ahlstrom | 2011 Violet Richardson Award Finalist

Danielle Swanson | 2010 Violet Richardson

Talia Lehman | 2010 Violet Richardson Award Finalist

McKenna Keyes | 2009 Violet Richardson Award Winner

About Violet Richardson

Violet Richardson Ward was the first president of the first Soroptimist club. Richardson Ward was committed to creating opportunities for girls and young women through her affiliations with Soroptimist, the Girl Scout Council, and the American Association of University Women. Her passion for volunteer service, particularly as it affected women and girls, has been an inspiration to Soroptimists throughout the years.