Scholarships

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Member of Zonta International

Empowering Women Locally and Worldwide

To fulfill Zonta’s mission of empowering women locally and worldwide, we need to create a world in which men and women have equal opportunities, focus on gender equality in education, an essential human right, critical to development for all. For women and girls, education provides the tools and resources to empower them to make decisions about their lives and the future of their families. 

Locally, the Zonta Club of Harrisburg-Hershey awards 2 scholarships each year.

The Young Women in Public Affairs Scholarship is awarded to a female high school student or early college student who demonstrates a commitment to volunteerism, leadership achievements and dedication to the advancement of the status of women. Applications for this scholarship are due to the Zonta Club of Harrisburg-Hershey by March 1. The application for Young Women in Public Affairs is available by clicking here. The deadline for accepting applications for this scholarship is closed.

The Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship is awarded to a woman pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in business.  It’s to encourage women to enter careers and seek leadership positions in business-related fields. Applications for the 2020 scholarship are due to the Zonta Club of Harrisburg-Hershey by May 1. The application for Jane M. Klausman in Business Scholarship is available by clicking hereThe deadline for accepting applications for this scholarship is closed.

For questions about either scholarship, contact  zontaclubhbg@gmail.com.

Winners at the Club level are eligible to compete at the District 3 and Zonta International levels (as appropriate) for additional scholarship monies.

Harrisburg-Hershey Club Scholarship Winners

The Winners of the 2020 scholarships:

  • Young Women in Public Affairs:  Anna Given (read more in the May 2020 newsletter)
  • Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship:  NA

The Winners of the 2019 scholarships:

  • Young Women in Public Affairs:  Ashleigh Kennedy (read more in the May 2019 newsletter)
  • Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship:  Natalie Nye (read more in the September 2019 newsletter)

We are proud to announce that Natalie also won the JMK Award in District 3 also.

The Winners of the 2018 scholarships:

  • Young Women in Public Affairs:  Keira Wittle (read more in the May 2018 newsletter)
  • Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship:  Julia Le (read more in the June 2018 newsletter)

Zonta International supports several programs for women and girls pursuing education and careers in the fields of aerospace sciences and engineering and technology.

The Amelia Earhart Fellowship

According to Women in Aerospace, in 2010, roughly 10 percent of the aerospace industry was made up of women. To assist the future of women in this field and other aerospace-related sciences and engineering, Zonta International established the Amelia Earhart Fellowship in 1938 in honor of legendary pilot and Zontian, Amelia Earhart. Today, the Fellowship of US$10,000 is awarded annually to up to 30 talented women, pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering around the globe.

Women of any nationality pursuing a Ph.D./doctoral degree, who demonstrate a superior academic record in the field of aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering, are eligible and encouraged to apply. For a full list of the eligibility and application requirements, please refer to the application.

Since the program’s inception in 1938, Zonta has awarded 1,573 Amelia Earhart Fellowships, totaling more than $10 million, to 1,144 women representing 73 countries. These fellowships are made possible through generous donations to the Zonta International Foundation.

The application for the 2020 Amelia Earhart Fellowship is due in November of each year. Click here for the Amelia Earhart Fellowship information and application.

Women in Technology Scholarship

The Women in Technology Scholarship encourages women to pursue education, career opportunities and leadership roles in technology-related fields. For the launch of this pilot program, the Zonta International Foundation will award up to US$112,000 in scholarships: 32 district/region scholarships of US$2,000 each and six international scholarships of US$8,000 each.

Click here for the Women in Technology Scholarship information.