We welcome applications for all awards.  For information contact the Zonta Club of Ottawa, Ontario.

2019 Zonta Awards

As part of its mandate to improve the education and the professional status of women, the Zonta Club of Ottawa, Ontario, established an annual bursary and awards program.

Youth Awards:

Young Women in Public Affairs  $800 Award

What is the Young Women in Public Affairs Award?

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?

The Zonta Club of Ottawa offers one annual award of CA$800.  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.

Who May Apply?

Eligibility:  Young women age 16 to 19 living in the Ottawa area with:  *  Active commitment to volunteerism * Volunteer leadership achievements * Experience in local government, student government or workplace leadership * Knowledge of Zonta International and its programs * Advocating in advancing the status of women worldwide.

Application form for 2019:        2019 YWPA Application


Jean M. Coon Humanitarian Award – $800 Award

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 and a cash award will be presented to the awardee at the Zonta Awards Reception in May, 2019. Each club winner becomes a District finalist. The District Award Winner will be presented at the Zonta Dictrict 2 Seminar in October 2019.

Who may apply?

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

Application form 2019:       JM Coon 2019_Application


Theatre Arts Awards

Emerging Theatre Artists:  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.

Applications for the 2019:

Application-for-2019 -Theatre-Arts-Bursary (Word)

Application-for-2019 -Theatre-Arts-Bursary (PDF)


University Awards

The Zonta Club of Ottawa, Ontario, provides financial assistance to mature female undergraduate students registered at the University of Ottawa or Carleton University. An applicant must be a mature woman student who has completed high school and who is entering or returning to university after an interruption in her formal education.

The 2018/2019 Award information will be available online through the University of Ottawa and Carleton University Financial Services Bursary Programs.

The winners will be notified by their respective university financial aid office.  The winners are invited to attend our Annual Awards Ceremony at Ottawa City Hall on Wednesday May 22, 2019.


Jane M Klausman Women in Business 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.

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, totaling more than US$1.3 million, to 428 women representing 57 countries.

Zonta Club of Ottawa, On;  Zonta District 02  & Zonta Region/Area: 04    

  https://zontaottawa.ca/zonta-awards 

JMK Poster: 2019 JMK Poster_Ottawa

Jane M Klausman 2019 Application:    2019 JMK Application_Ottawa

JMK Deadline:   March 31, 2019       Send to: Renuka Gamage        renuka.gamage@gmail.com


New Immigrant Award – $1,000

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.

The Zonta Club of Ottawa invites applications for this $1,000 Award.

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 information:
To apply:
e-mail: premz.zco@gmail.com with:
• Your resume and cover letter
• Two references from persons who are not relatives

Print: New Immigrant Woman $1000 Award 2019 English Poster

Print:  New Immigrant Woman Award 2019 French Poster