Recipient reaping benefits from Soroptimist awards

DeAngel is finding that organization’s program is opening career doors.

Corinna Lang DeAngel

Corinna Lang DeAngel

PORT ORCHARD — Recent Soroptimist International of Port Orchard’s “Live Your Dream” award recipient Corinna Lang DeAngel has won an additional award from Soroptimist’s Northwestern Region.

DeAngel will receive $3,000 from the Northwestern Region at the organization’s NWR Conference April 20-22 in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. She also will be awarded an additional $500 from Soroptimist International of the Americas.

She currently is serving her third year with AmeriCorps in Port Orchard. “This year of service has allowed me to pursue my education. And in June, I will be graduating with a degree in medical coding and insurance billing,” DeAngel said in an acceptance letter to the Soroptimist organization.

Because of the awards, she has been able to set some money aside in savings. “On a single income stipend, this is a huge accomplishment,” DeAngel added.

“In the future, I plan to further my career and education to meet my family needs. I can truly say that receiving this award is making my dreams come true. It is inspiring to show my daughters that women matter, that goals can be reached and that the heart of their community is big.”

The Live Your Dream award is presented to women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families and who are seeking to improve their lives by pursuing their educational goals, said local organization spokeswoman Bobbie Weatherill.

“The purpose of [the award] is to empower these women, who frequently have experienced poverty, divorce, domestic violence or other unfortunate life challenges,” Weatherill said.

“The first is at the local club level and the winner at that point is forwarded to the regional level. Recipients of region-level awards are then eligible to receive one of three international level awards of $10,000.”

They must be enrolled in, or have been accepted to, an undergraduate program at a college or university, or a vocational skills program, and demonstrate financial need.

Women interested in applying for this or any Soroptimist award program may contact SIPO at, or call 253-229-1505 or 360-471-0208. Information also is available at

Soroptimist is an international business and professional women’s volunteer service organization working to improve the lives of women and girls in their communities and throughout the world, Weatherill said.

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