Women have a chance of getting financial assistance in their higher education pursuits through the Birmingham chapter of Zonta International. The organization in 63 countries empowers women and expands their access to education, health care, economic opportunities and safe living conditions.
Zonta International (ZI) offers the following awards, scholarships and fellowships:
YOUNG WOMEN IN PUBLIC AFFAIRS AWARD
“YWPA” awards are made to young women ages 16 through 19 who are enrolled in an educational institution, have shown superior leadership skills and a strong commitment to public service and civic causes, and who meet certain other criteria. Over US$ 1 Million has been awarded since the inception of YWPA in 1990, The application form is available on the ZI website and applications must be submitted through a local Zonta Club. The deadline for 2021 applications submitted through the Birmingham, Alabama club is March 15, 2020.
JANE M. KLAUSMAN WOMEN IN BUSINESS SCHOLARSHIPS (Extended Due Date! July 15th)
These scholarships were initially funded by a 1998 bequest from Jane M. Klausman, a member of the Zonta Club of Syracuse, New York. They are awarded to women of any age pursuing undergraduate or master’s degrees in various business-related fields at accredited institutions. Applications must be submitted through a local Zonta Club. The deadline for 2021 applications submitted through the Birmingham, Alabama club was June 30, 2021, BUT HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JULY 15, 2021!!! CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION & APPLICATION FORM.
AMELIA EARHART FELLOWSHIPS
Established in 1938 in honor of former Zontian and famous aviator, Amelia Earhart, these fellowships are awarded to women pursuing doctoral degrees in aerospace engineering or space sciences and meeting certain other criteria. Over US$10 Million has been awarded to women in 73 countries. Applications must be submitted directly to ZI. The deadline for 2020 applications has passed, and the application form for 2021 will be available on the ZI Website in July 2021, Birmingham, Alabama.
WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY SCHOLARSHIPS
The newest Zonta award is the Women in Technology Scholarship. These are awarded to women who are pursuing IT degrees at accredited institutions and who meet other criteria described on the Zonta International website. Applications must be submitted directly to Zonta International by the deadline of October 15, 2021. The Zonta Club of Birmingham has its own Women in Technology scholarship.
The application form is the same as that for the International Scholarship and the deadline for applying for the Club scholarship is also October 15, 2021.