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2021 – 2022 Zonta Club of Madison Pre-College Scholarships & Advance Fellowships

To fulfill the Zonta mission of empowering women worldwide, we must focus on gender equality in education, an essential human right, critical to development for all. Significant gaps still remain at the university level. These gaps are even more significant in fields traditionally dominated by men. Zonta International Foundation supports three programs for women and girls pursuing education and careers in the traditionally male-dominated fields of aerospace sciences and engineering, business and business management and public affairs.

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Young Women in Public Affairs Scholarship 

(YWPA) Award recognizes young women, ages 16-19, who demonstrate superior leadership skills and a commitment to public service and civic causes, and encourages them to continue their participation in public and political life.

Zonta Club of Madison awards a $500 award and forwards the winner’s application to Zonta District 6 for consideration for an additional $1,500 award. The district winner’s application is sent on to Zonta International for consideration for one of the ten $4,000 international awards. 

Deadline for submission was February 6, 2021


2020 Madison Club Young Women in Public Affairs Award Winner

Zonta Club of Madison selected Taryn Hanson, a senior at River Valley High School in Spring Green, as the 2020 Young Women in Public Affairs Scholarship recipient. She has been active in numerous school and community activities such as student council, National Honors Society, 4Sake (a local charity), and Badger Girls State. In fact, the school had no plans to send a girl to the Badger State event, so Taryn advocated for herself to go and represent the school! She was the only girl to do so and she was Party Platform chair and Attorney general during that event.

Her career goals include a double major in legal studies and Spanish, with certificate in public policy. After graduating from UW Madison, she intends to apply for law school and work with immigration and human rights issues. Due to the pandemic, the award was presented virtually to Taryn via the May 20 club meeting.

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Women in Technology Scholarship

The world economy, industry and sciences are becoming increasingly digitized, and these developments are disrupting society and familiar social processes. Women, however, are still largely underrepresented in technology fields. To create a world in which men and women have equal opportunities, women need to have an active role in technology and technological developments. Zonta International is pleased to offer its new Zonta International Women in Technology Scholarship to encourage women to pursue education, career opportunities and leadership roles in technology.

For the launch of this pilot program, the Zonta International Foundation will award up to US$112,000 in scholarships: 32 district/region scholarships of US$2,000 each and six international scholarships of US$8,000 each.

Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship

Zonta International believes in gender equality, the Jane M. Klausman (JMK) Women in Business Scholarship program helps women pursue undergraduate and master’s degrees in business management and overcome gender barriers from the classroom to the boardroom.

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Deadline: June 25, 2021


Amelia Earhart Fellowship – Ph.D Level

According to Women in Aerospace, in 2010, roughly 10 percent of the aerospace industry was made up of women. While the number has slowly increased, there must be reinforcements behind each step forward. To assist the future of women in this field and other aerospace-related sciences and engineering, Zonta International established the Amelia Earhart Fellowship in 1938 in honor of legendary pilot and Zontian, Amelia Earhart. Today, the Fellowship of US$10,000 is awarded annually to up to 30 talented women, pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering around the globe.

Deadline: November 15, 2021


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