2019 Zonta Club of Ottawa

Awards & Winners


Young Women in Public Affairs:

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.

Winner: Sydney Keyamo


Jean M. Coon Award:

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

Winner: Anjana Balachandran


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, and are returning to complete their program(s).

Winners: Alaina Woolfrey (University of Ottawa), and Alexandra Hurst (Carleton University).


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.

Winners: Rachana Champaneri & Anisa Rahim Ali


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.

Winner: Ha Nhu My Nguyen


Theatre Arts Award:

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 and qualified young women to achieve their professional goals.

Winners: Ashley Barnes, Alexis Scott and Leah Morris



Zonta Awards

As part of our 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:        Now Closed.


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:     Now Closed.


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 2019:  Now Closed.


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.

Applications for 2019:     Now Closed.


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.

Applications for 2019:    Now Closed.


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:      Now Closed.