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As part of our mandate to improve the education and the professional status of women, the Zonta Club of Ottawa, Canada established an annual bursary and awards program. The awards and information are below.

Young Women in Public Affairs Award
Jean M. Coon Humanitarian Award
Theatre Arts Award
Mature Student Bursary
Jane M Klausman Women in Business Scholarship
New Immigrant Award
Amelia Earhart Fellowship



Young Women in Public Affairs Award

Since 1990, the club has given an award that recognizes pre-university and pre-college female students who are committed to leadership in public policy, government and/or volunteer organizations.

What is the Young Women in Public Affairs Award?

Each year, the Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award 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. The award honours young women who participate in public affairs, by recognizing a commitment to the volunteer sector, evidence of volunteer leadership achievements, and a dedication to the advancement of the status of women.

What is the value of the award?

A winner will be chosen by the Zonta Club of Ottawa, Canada and a cash award of CA$800 will be presented to the awardee at the Zonta Awards Reception in May, 2020.

The Ottawa winner’s application will be eligible for the District 2 competition and the winner of the District 2 recipient will receive US$1,500.

Ten International recipients are selected from all District recipients to receive awards of US$4,000 each. District and International awards are funded by the Zonta International Foundation.

Eligibility

Young women age 16 to 19 living in the Ottawa area with:

  • Active commitment to volunteerism;
  • Achievements in volunteer leadership;
  • Experience in local government, student government or workplace leadership;
  • Knowledge of Zonta International and its programs;
  • Experience advocating to advance the status of women worldwide.

Application for 2020: not yet opened.



Jean M. Coon Humanitarian Award

Given to a high school student who demonstrates exceptional humanitarian community service.

What is the Jean M. Coon Humanitarian Award?

The award honours high school juniors or seniors for excellence in community service.

What is the value of the award?

A winner will be chosen by the Zonta Club of Ottawa, Canada and a cash award of CA$800 will be presented to the awardee at the Zonta Awards Reception in May, 2020.

Each club winner becomes a District finalist. The District Award Winner will be presented at the Zonta District 2 Seminar in October 2019.

Eligibility

Young women high school juniors or seniors in the Ottawa area performing outstanding Community Service.

Applications for 2020:     Not yet opened.



Theatre Arts Awards

Scholarships are awarded annually to women in the National Capital Region who are currently enrolled in a post- secondary theatre program. These awards enable talented & qualified young women to achieve their professional goals.

Eligibility

Bursaries are awarded annually to women in the National Capital Region who are currently enrolled in a post-secondary theatre program that enables talented young women to achieve their professional goals.

Paula Zoubek: Chair of the Theatre Arts Committee

We are looking for applicants for the theatre arts bursaries. Young women at the cusp of their careers who are working on a specific project can apply. The deadline is February 29, 2020. Application forms are available below. The bursary is up to CA$2000. The young women must live or study in the greater Ottawa/Gatineau area.

Sandra Oh was an early recipient of this award.

Applications for 2020:  Now Available > Deadline: February 29, 2020

2020 ZCO Theatre Arts Bursary Application

2020 ZCO Theatre Arts Bursary Application  



Mature Student Bursary

Two bursaries are given to students who have had to interrupt their studies or formal education for medical, financial or other reasons, & are returning to complete their program(s).

What is the bursary?

The Zonta Club of Ottawa, Canada provides financial assistance to mature female undergraduate students registered at the University of Ottawa or Carleton University.

The 2019/2020 Award information will be available online through the University of Ottawa and Carleton University Financial Services Bursary Programs.

Eligibility

An applicant must be a mature woman and student who has completed high school and who is entering university, or returning to university, after an interruption in her formal education.

Note

The winners will be notified by their respective university financial aid office.  The winners will be invited to attend our Annual Awards Ceremony at Ottawa City Hall in May, 2020.

Applications for 2020:     Not yet opened.



Jane M Klausman Women in Business Scholarship

This Scholarship is awarded annually to a woman pursuing an undergraduate or master’s degree in business management at a university in the National Capital Region, and Kingston, On.

What is the scholarship?

Women have made great strides in the pursuit of education, careers and leadership roles they were once denied. However, they still comprise a minority of leaders in the business world. According to a February 2018 list from Catalyst, 21.2 percent of Fortune 500 companies’ board seats are occupied by women, and just 5.2 percent of the companies’ CEOs are women.

Because Zonta International believes in gender equality, the Jane M. Klausman 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. The Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship was established in 1998 from a generous bequest by Jane M. Klausman, a member of the Zonta Club of Syracuse, New York, USA, and the 1990-1995 Zonta International Parliamentarian.

What is the value of the award?

A winner will be chosen by the Zonta Club of Ottawa, Canada and a cash award of CA$1000 will be presented to the awardee at the Zonta Awards Reception in May, 2020.

The program operates at the Zonta club, district/region and international levels. Zonta annually awards up to 32 scholarships of US$2,000 each at the district/region level and six international scholarships in the amount of US$8,000 each.

Since the program’s inception, Zonta has awarded 564 Scholarships, totalling more than US$1.3 million to 428 women representing 57 countries.

Applications for 2020:    Not yet opened.



New Immigrant Award

The award is given to a newcomer who is a resident of Ottawa/Gatineau, is a single mother and is raising a family while working on her own education at any level.

What is the New Immigrant Award

The New Immigrant Woman Award is for a Mature Immigrant Student to assist her in her studies at any level, including Language training, High School Diploma, College or University.

What is the value of the award?

A winner will be chosen by the Zonta Club of Ottawa, Canada and a cash award of CA$1000 will be presented to the awardee at the Zonta Awards Reception in May, 2020.

Eligibility

The applicant must demonstrate that she:

  • Is a resident of Ottawa or Hull/Gatineau;
  • Immigrated to Canada after the age of 18;
  • Is a single mother with one or more dependent children;
  • Has been in Canada for five years or less
  • Is in need of financial support for formal education and/or is challenged by interruptions to her own education.

Application for 2020: not yet opened.



*Deadline:   November 15, 2019 >> Closed

Amelia Earhart Fellowship 

What is the fellowship?

Globally, women make up around 25 percent of the workforce in the aerospace industry. In an effort to carry out its mission that women have access to all resources and are represented in decision-making positions on an equal basis with men, Zonta International offers the Amelia Earhart Fellowship.

The Amelia Earhart Fellowship was established in 1938 in honor of famed pilot and Zontian, Amelia Earhart.

The US$10,000 Fellowship is awarded annually to up to 30 women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace engineering and space sciences. It may be used at any university or college offering accredited post-graduate courses and degrees in these fields.

Since the program’s inception in 1938, Zonta has awarded 1,603 Amelia Earhart Fellowships, totaling more than US$10.3 million, to 1,174 women representing 73 countries.

Our Fellows have gone on to become astronauts, aerospace engineers, astronomers, professors, geologists, business owners, heads of companies, even Secretary of the US Air Force.

Deadline

The application for the 2020 Amelia Earhart Fellowship is due on 15 November 2019.