WHAT IS ZONTA?
Zonta International is a worldwide organization of executives and professionals working together to improve the status of women through service and advocacy. Formed in 1919, Zonta International is active in 65 countries of the world. There are approximately 31,000 members in more than 1,200 clubs. Membership is classified according to occupation.
As one of the premier Non- Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Zonta International maintains consultative status with the following United Nations agencies: Economic and Social Council, UNESCO, UN Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women, UNIFEM, ILO, Council of Europe, and UNICEF.
4th Annual Breaking the Silence Awards Gala – January 2014
Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship is awarded annually to women pursuing undergraduate or master’s degrees in business management. Since the program’s inception, Zonta has awarded 275 scholarships to women from 42 countries.
Women pursuing a business or business-related degree who demonstrate outstanding potential in the field are eligible. Online students are also eligible. Members and employees of Zonta International or the Zonta International Foundation are not eligible to apply for the Scholarships.
Applications must be completed and presented to the Zonta Club of Charleston by April 30, 2013. A club recipient is selected, and the application is presented to the governor by 1 July 2013. The district recipient is selected, and the application is presented to Zonta International Headquarters by 1 September 2013. International recipients will be contacted by their Zonta club leader by mid October 2013.
2013 APPLICATION (please download from www.zonta.org, bottom right) For more information and to submit the application, contact Kathleen Rodgers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OUR CLUB’S FOCUS
We have chosen as a club to focus on the prevention of violence against women and girls—a serious problem in South Carolina as well as raising awareness of the issue and raising awareness of human trafficking. The club created an annual award program to recognize and honor those that work with domestic violence victims.
We raise funds for Zonta International Service Projects and for local organizations that support women in the areas of health, education, and the prevention of violence.
MEMBERSHIP IN ZONTA MEANS:
- Belonging to an international network of executives and professionals representing a diversity of occupations and affording you a global perspective on women’s issues.
- Sharing a commitment to enhance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy.
- Fundraising to support important service projects on the local and international level.
- Promoting justice and universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.
- Enriching your life personally as we pool talents to make the world a better place where no woman lives in fear of violence.
ZONTA INTERNATIONAL SERVICE PROJECTS
For more than 50 years, Zonta International has provided scholarships for young women and support for selected service projects in various countries to benefit the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women, including:
- The Amelia Earhart Fellowship for advanced studies in aerospace and aeronautical engineering (over $7 mil. donated).
- The Young Women in Public Affairs Award for high school seniors.
- Strategies to Eradicate Violence Against Women and Children (ZISVAW).
- Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship for women pursuing undergraduate and Master’s degrees in business management.
During the 2010-2012 Biennium, Zonta International will fund service projects in Rwanda (Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV), in Guatemala and El Salvador (Safe Cities for Women), in Liberia (Reduction of Obstetric Fistula).