Could a Zonta scholarship help you?

The Zonta Club of Columbus supports women seeking to further their education through a Non-Traditional Scholarship program with Ohio Dominican University (ODU), the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship, the Outstanding Young Women Program and Young Women in Public Affairs Award, the Zonta International Women in Technology Scholarship and the Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship.

Outstanding Young Women Program and Young Women in Public Affairs Award


Since 1980, the Zonta Club of Columbus has recognized and mentored outstanding high school senior women. Each year, over 100 Central Ohio high schools are invited to submit a nominee from their school to participate in a leadership forum in February and to be considered as one of the 12 Outstanding Young Women of Central Ohio. During the leadership forum, Zonta members facilitate discussions and activities to help the young women develop their leadership skills and transition to the next phase of their life. The top 12 Outstanding Young Women (OYW) are recognized at an awards reception in March and are selected based on their academic achievements and awards, community service, extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation and three essays. The top award recipient receives $1,000 and is nominated for Zonta International’s Young Women in Public Affairs award. Since its inception, the Zonta Club of Columbus has recognized 461 OYW from 89 high schools.

Non-traditional Student Scholarship

This is a local program focused on providing assistance to women who have been unable to take a direct path from high school to college.  Candidates apply through our partnership with Ohio Dominican University, and scholarship is awarded to a non-traditional student to aid her Post-Secondary education

Amelia Earhart Fellowship

Globally, women make up less than 30 percent of the workforce in physics, computer sciences and engineering, according to U.S. News & World Report. In an effort to carry out its mission that women have access to all resources and are represented in decision-making positions on an equal basis with men, Zonta International offers the Amelia Earhart Fellowship.

The Amelia Earhart Fellowship was established in 1938 in honor of famed pilot and Zontian, Amelia Earhart. The US$10,000 Fellowship is awarded annually to 30 women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering. It may be used at any university or college offering accredited post-graduate courses and degrees in these fields.

Since the program’s inception in 1938, Zonta has awarded 1,543 Amelia Earhart Fellowships, totaling more than US$9.7 million, to 1,114 women representing 72 countries.

Our Fellows have gone on to become astronauts, aerospace engineers, astronomers, professors, geologists, business owners, heads of companies, even Secretary of the US Air Force.

Jane M. Klausman
Women in Business Scholarship

Women have made great strides in the pursuit of education, careers and leadership roles they were once denied. However, they still comprise a minority of leaders in the business world. According to the 202 Gender Diversity Index conducted from 2011-2015, just 19.7 percent of Fortune 500 companies’ board seats are occupied by women.

Because Zonta International believes in gender equality, the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship program helps women pursue undergraduate and master's degrees in business management and overcome gender barriers from the classroom to the boardroom. The Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship was established in 1998 from a generous bequest by Jane M. Klausman, a member of the Zonta Club of Syracuse, New York, USA, and the 1990-1995 Zonta International Parliamentarian.

The program operates at the Zonta Club, district/region and international levels. Zonta annually awards up to 32 scholarships of US$1,000 each at the district/region level and 12 international scholarships in the amount of US$7,000 each.

Completed 2020 applications must be presented to the Zonta Club of Columbus by July 15, 2020.  A club recipient will be selected and the application will be presented to Zonta International District 5 by August 15,2020. The district/region recipient is selected, and the application is presented to Zonta International Headquarters by October 15, 2020. International recipients will be contacted by their Zonta club leader by January, 2021.  Applications and questions should be sent to

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