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.

Prem Grainger, (L) Presenting Allison Montiminy (C) with the 2016 Jean M. Coon Humanitarian Award, with Yvonne Quinton (R), District 2, Area 4 Director, Zonta International by her side.

Prem Grainger, (L) Presenting Allison Montiminy (C) with the 2016 Jean M. Coon Humanitarian Award, with Yvonne Quinton (R), District 2, Area 4 Director, Zonta International by her side.

Youth Awards

Young Women in Public Affairs

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$1,000. 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 2018

YWPA-2018-Zonta-Ottawa-ON-Application (Word)

YWPA-2018-Zonta-Ottawa-ON-Application (pdf)


Jean M. Coon Humanitarian 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, 2018 . Each club winner becomes a District finalist. The District Award Winner will be presented at the Zonta Dictrict 2 Seminar in October 2018.

Who may apply?

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

Application form 2018:

Jean M Coon Application 2018 (word)

Jean M Coon Application 2018 (pdf)


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 2018:

Application-for-2018-Theatre-Arts-Bursary (Word Doc.)

Application-for-2018-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 2017/2018 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 23, 2018.


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.

Application form available here


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.

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

To apply e-mail, zontaottawa@rogers.com with:

• Your resume and cover letter

• Two references from persons who are not relatives

Application for the 2018 year will be posted at the end of November 2017.



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