Founder Region’s Identifying Project
Most service organizations have Identifying Projects that help the organization realize its mission. From Soroptimist International down to the club level, one will find many innovative, heartwarming, and challenging projects to fulfill the Soroptimist mission, which is to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.
Club projects reflect the interest, background, and skills of the membership, and give a club focus and local notoriety in their communities.

Founder Region Fellowship (FRF)
Fellowship is the identifying project of Founder Region. FRF’s mission is to advance the status of women through financial support to women in the final phase of their doctoral degree. This project gives grants to selected women attending universities within the boundaries of Founder Region. A byproduct of this support is affirmation of the importance of the recipients’ work and value as an individual.

The Fellowship Goal
FRF seeks to support women who are working in fields traditionally held by men or fields that have great social importance to the world. The recipients’ work will reflect and further Soroptimist ideals.

The Fellowship logo was designed by Jan Sadler of S.I. El Cerrito in 1987.

The circle is an ancient and universal symbol of unity, wholeness, infinity, the goddess, and female power.

The lighted torch is almost always associated with giving light or guidance, as in passing the torch to the next generation. The torch and/or lamp of knowledge generally symbolizes learning or knowledge and in science it is the ‘guiding light of scientific inquiry in an atmosphere of intellectual freedom truth and intelligence’. The Olympic torch is a symbol of the harmony and goodwill toward humanity. Sometimes the torch is replaced by a sun on the Fellowship pin.

Rays of light symbolize enlightenment and the sharing of knowledge and wisdom in the world.

Book in hand: Fellowship targets women who are working in fields of great social importance. The design shows a woman’s hand holding a book, symbolizing learning and education. The idea may have its roots in the statue of St. Catherine of Alexandria (who stands holding a book). She has been dubbed the patron saint of libraries and anyone associated with wisdom or teaching.