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Education is Vital

We believe that education is a vital part of advancing the status of women. Zonta International offers
scholarships and program assistance to women from high school to graduate school. The following scholarships are supported by the Zonta Club of New York.

Young Women in Public Affairs Scholarship

2010 Recipient of the Young Women In Public Affairs Award
Shivonne Ramparasad - Zonta Club of New York

Shivonne Ramprasad is a senior at the Economics and Finance High School in New York, NY.  Her personal goal is to furtherYWPA winner her academic studies in Finance/International Relations, in order to "… plan and build organizations in under-developed countries and to reform education for women."

While a high school student, Ms. Ramprasad was a Mentee at Minds Matter, a non-for profit organization dedicated to improving the future lives of low-income high achieving students.  

She has participated in the following programs:

Ms. Ramprasad is described by her college advisors and teachers as a '…diligent and hard working student who sees all tasks to completion and dedicates herself to everything she does."

The Young Women in Public Affairs Scholarship is designed to encourage young women to pursue careers and seek leadership positions in public policy, government and volunteer organizations. It is a $500 annual club award, following a mid-January submission deadline. Click here for more information about the scholarship and the 2011 application

Dorothy Stickney Scholarship

This scholarship, begun in 1981, recognizes a college senior majoring in the theater arts. The $1,500 award is presented in memory of Dorothy Stickney, a former Broadway actress and member of the Zonta Club of New York. Past winners have become play directors, theater arts technicians, managers and actresses, e.g. Tina Landau, Allegra Shorr and Donna Lynne Champlin.

Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship

This scholarship, established in 1997, is designed to encourage undergraduate women to enter careers in business-related fields. Applicatons are available from local clubs and are due May 1st. Our club winner receives a $500 scholarship and advances to compete at the District 3 level. District winners receive $1,000 each and are submitted for judging at the International level. Zonta International awards four scholarships of $5,000 each. Click here for more information about the scholarship and the 2011 application


We are very proud to announce that Maryana Pleskanka won both the District 3 ($1000) and Zonta International ($5000) awards for the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship. Maryana is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of business Administration in Finance with a minor in Psychology at Baruch College. She has excelled both in and outside the classroom, supplementing her academic classes with a variety of extracurricular and volunteer activities. Maryana is a member of the Financial women’s Association Mentorship Program and the Financial Leadership Program. She created a business development plan for Financiers Without Borders, a startup not-for-profit that creates finance-related opportunities abroad for undergraduate students, and helped to send 8 volunteers to Bangkok on a two-week microfinance project. She has also held various leadership positions, including business development associate, Vice President of marketing and national conference coordinator for AIESEC, a student-run not-for-profit organization that facilitates international internships. Off campus, Maryana volunteers monthly at the Global Rehabilitation Center as a bookkeeper, recording revenues and expenditures and creating financial statements.


Amelia Earhart Fellowship Award

The Amelia Earhart Fellowship is awarded at the Zonta International level only. Zonta International established this scholarship in 1938, in honor of Amelia Earhart, famed pilot and member of the Zonta Club of New York. Fellowships are granted anually to women pursuing graduate degrees in aerospace-related sciences and aero-space related engineering. For more information, specifics and
to download an application, go to the Zonta International website.Click here for an application.