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locally and globally

by giving fellowships to women

Who will truly make a difference in the World


Founder Region Fellowship

Welcome to our Website!

computersmallThis website is for anyone interested in learning more about the Founder Region Fellowship project and how to get involved. For more information, please click the links provided to the left and bottom of this page.



Founder Region is one of 28 regions of Soroptimist International of the Americas (SIA), with territory encompassing ten north coast counties in California, the State of Hawai'i, and the U.S. territories of Guam & the Marianas; a total of 55 clubs.

The mission of Soroptimist is to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world.

Founder Region Fellowship (FRF) seeks to advance the Soroptimist mission by giving grants to selected women in the final phase of their doctoral degree. This is the identifying project of Founder Region.

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You CAN Make a Difference!

The brightest and best young women are the world's hope for a bright and healthy world future. Among these individuals are a select few who have persevered through a lengthy education process to follow their passion and achieve a doctorate in their area of interest. They may already be making a difference in the world with their discoveries and projects, and are anxious to pursue careers in these fields. But finding themselves on the brink of graduation, many are not able to finish without financial help.

Your donation to Founder Region Fellowship raises funds to help selected women complete the last year of their doctorate. The women picked already will have achievements well beyond the limits of their  thesis, and these powerful, creative, intelligent, and influential women will get the financial boost they need to finish their degree and go out and change the world.