2018 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.
JMK Award – Winner for 2017 and 2018 Scholarship Information
The Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship (JMK):
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 the 202 Gender Diversity Index conducted from 2011-2015, just 19.7 percent of Fortune 500 companies’ board seats are occupied by 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 527 Scholarships, totaling more than US$1.2 million, to 397 women representing 56 countries.
Women of any age, pursuing a business or business-related program who demonstrate outstanding potential in the field and are living or studying in a Zonta district/region, are eligible. Students must be enrolled full-time 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. Applicants must be in school at the time the scholarship funds are disbursed and must not graduate before December 2018.
Previous International Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship recipients may not apply to renew the Scholarship for a second year.
Classified members and employees of Zonta International and Zonta International Foundation, and their family members, are not eligible to apply for the Scholarship; however, Golden Z club members may apply.