Scholarships

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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. We do this through a focus on gender equality in education, an essential human right that is critical to opportunities 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 Foundation awards 2 scholarships each year.

The Young Women in Public Affairs Scholarship:

Because Zonta International believes that young women are the key to women’s advancement in the field of public service, it offers the Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award, which recognizes young women, ages 16-19, for demonstrating leadership skills and commitment to public service and civic causes, and encourages them to continue their participation in public and political life.

Applications for this scholarship are due to the Zonta Club of Harrisburg-Hershey Foundation by March 1, 2023. The Zonta Club of Harrisburg-Hershey Foundation winner will be notified in early April.

You can access the YWPA scholarship application here.  

The completed application, along with the verification of enrollment/employment and publicity/privacy form should be sent as a single document; the 2 recommendations should be sent separately. They can be sent via email to zontaclubhbg@gmail.com or mailed to Zonta Club of Harrisburg-Hershey Foundation, P.O. Box 590, Hummelstown, PA  17036.   

The selected winner will receive $1000.00 from the Zonta Club of Harrisburg-Hershey Foundation and will be submitted for consideration for a Zonta International/District award of $5,000.

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 2023 scholarship are due to the Zonta Club of Harrisburg-Hershey Foundation by May 1. Applications will be accepted in Spring 2023.  

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

Harrisburg-Hershey Club Scholarship Winners

The Winners of the 2022 scholarships:

  • Young Women in Public Affairs: Sydnee Lynch (read more in the May 2022 newsletter)
  • Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship: Maryssa Edwin (read more in the September 2022 newsletter)

We are proud to announce that Sydnee also won the YWPA Award in District 3. Congratulations Sydnee!

The Winners of the 2021 scholarships:

  • Young Women in Public Affairs:  Alexa Kunkle (read more in the May 2021 newsletter)
  • Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship:  Ngozi Udeh (read more in the September 2021 newsletter)

We are proud to announce that Ngozi also won the JMK Women in Business Award in District 3 and at the International level. Congratulations Ngozi!

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

We are proud to announce that Anna also won the YWPA Award in District 3 also.

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.

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

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 35 talented women, pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering around the globe.

Since the program’s inception in 1938, Zonta has awarded 1,674 Amelia Earhart Fellowships, totaling more than $11 million, to 1,245 women representing 75 countries. These fellowships are made possible through generous donations to the Zonta Foundation for Women Amelia Earhart Fellowship Fund. 

The application for the 2022 Amelia Earhart Fellowship is due by November 15, 2021. 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 information technology. Zonta International will award up to 20 scholarships of US$8,000 each. These scholarships are made possible through generous contributions to the Rose Fund from Zontians, Zonta clubs, and friends of Zonta.

Click here for the Women in Technology Scholarship information and application.