Young Women in Public Affairs Award
Though about 40% of the world’s workforce is women, according to data from the Inter-Parliamentary Union, only 25.7% of all national parliamentarians were female as of 1 September 2021. Because Zonta International believes that young women are the key to women’s advancement in the field of public service, it offers the Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award, which recognizes young women, ages 16-19, for demonstrating leadership skills and commitment to public service and civic causes, and encourages them to continue their participation in public and political life.
Established in 1990 by Past International President Leneen Forde, Zonta has given 1,091 awards, US$1,488,750, to 919 young women from 61 countries.
The program operates at the Zonta club, district/region and international levels. Zonta International offers 37 international awards of US$5,000. Each district/region may submit one applicant for consideration for an international scholarship. The five largest districts may submit a second applicant for a total of two applicants.
The Zonta Club of Houston awards one applicant, selected during March, with $1,250.00 and submits that application to District 10 where they may win an additional award of $1,000.00 if selected as the top applicant in District 10. If selected as the District 10 winner, the applicant will also receive $5,000.00 from Zonta International.
Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship
The Jane M. Klausman Women In Business Scholarship offers financial aid to women undergraduate students and graduate students preparing for careers in business and business management. This fund was established by a generous bequest from former Zonta International Parliamentarian, Jane Klausman. The Zonta Club of Houston participates in this scholarship, and mails applications to the eight colleges and universities in the Houston area that award business degrees.
The Houston Club recipient is awarded a $1250 scholarship, and is able to compete at the District 10 Level. The District 10 winner is awarded a $1,000 scholarship, and the District 10 winner automatically receives a $5,000 scholarships awarded by Zonta International.
The Jane M. Klausman application deadline: June 30, 2023.
For any questions, please contact our Scholarship Chair at
Women in STEM Scholarship
The Women in STEM Scholarship operates at the Zonta club, district/region and international levels.
The Zonta Club of Houston will select a single winner who will be awarded US$1,250 and who will then be submitted for consideration for the District and International prizes. Each Zonta district/region may submit one applicant for consideration for an international scholarship. A single candidate from each of Zonta’s 31 districts and one region will receive an award of US$5,000 from Zonta International.
Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:
- Applicant is required to qualify what her field of study is under STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Designated Degree Program List can be used to determine if your field of study is eligible: ice.gov/sites/default/files/documents/stem-list.pdf.
- Be enrolled in at least the second year of an undergraduate program through the final year of a master’s program at the time the application is submitted to the local Zonta club. A verification of current enrollment must be submitted with the application. Note that acceptance letters are not verification of enrollment and will not be accepted.
- Demonstrate a superior academic record at a recognized university or college with accredited courses in STEM studies as verified by official transcripts and recommendation letters.
- Applicant must be enrolled in a STEM degree program by 15 September 2023 and must not graduate before April 2024
Additional exclusions may apply. Please refer to the Women in STEM Scholarship Description 2023 located on our scholarship page.
Application Deadline: June 30, 2023
Women in STEM Scholarship Application 2023.pdf
Amelia Earhart Fellowship Award
The Zonta International Foundation Amelia Earhart Fellowships are given to women of any nationality pursuing graduate degrees at any institution offering fully-accredited graduate courses and degrees in aerospace-related sciences and engineering. The applicant must be registered in an accredited Ph.D/doctoral program in a qualifying area of science or engineering closely related to advanced studies in aerospace-related science or aerospace-related engineering. Each annual fellowship is valued at $10,000 and awarded to 30 women around the globe. The Amelia Earhart Fellowship was established in 1938 in honor of Amelia Earhart, famed pilot and Zonta member.
Applications for the 2024 Fellowships will be available on the Zonta International website in July 2024 and completed applications must be received or post-marked by November 15, 2024 by Zonta International. There is no local award for this fellowship. More information can be found on the Zonta International website www.zonta.org.
PLEASE NOTE, ZONTA MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR ANY OF THE ZONTA AWARDS, SCHOLARSHIPS, GRANTS OR FELLOWSHIPS
Rose Scholarship - District 10
Scholarship for a Non-Traditional Student
Go to http://zontadistrict10.org/members-corner/scholarships for the application.
1. Female Head of Household, primary wage earner of the family.
2. Applicants should be individuals pursuing post high school training or certification programs not necessarily requiring a baccalaureate degree.
3. The recipient must use the scholarship to attend an educational institution that is accredited and normally maintains a regular faculty and curriculum and normally has a regularly enrolled body of students in attendance at the place where its educational activities are regularly carried on. This scholarship can fund a certification program such as law enforcement or fire training education at a technical/trade school or a community college.
4. Financial need is determined by consideration of annual family income.
5. Must be a resident of the Zonta International District 10 and a U.S. Citizen.
6. Consideration shall be given to good citizenship, character, reputation, moral and ethical standing drawn from a personal interview.