Zonta International Club in the USA is offering the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship for women in different parts of the world in 2019.

Zonta International established the scholarship to encourage more women to pursue education and careers in business. Each year, up to 32 scholarships are awarded at the district/region level as well as six international scholarships.

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 a January 2019 list from Catalyst, 21.2 percent of Fortune 500 companies’ board seats are occupied by women, and just 4.8 percent of the companies’ CEOs are 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.

Worth of Award

  • The program operates at the Zonta club, district/region and international levels.
  • Zonta annually awards up to 32 scholarships of US$2,000 each at the district/region level and six international scholarships in the amount of US$8,000 each.


  • Women of any age, pursuing a business program with major field of specialization in accounting, finance, business management, marketing, operations management, human resources management, international business, or entrepreneurship at an accredited university/college/institute, who demonstrate outstanding potential in the field and
    are living or studying in a Zonta district/region, are eligible.
  • Online students are also eligible to apply if enrolled at an accredited university/college/institute.
  • Students must be enrolled in at least the second year of an undergraduate program through the final year of a Master’s program at the time the application is submitted to the local Zonta club.
  • Applicants must be in school at the time the scholarship funds are disbursed and must not graduate before December 2019.
  • Previous International Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship recipients may not apply to renew the Scholarship for a second year.
  • Classified members (club members and individuals with direct membership with Zonta International) and employees of Zonta International and Zonta International Foundation, and their family members (ancestors, descendants, adoptees, siblings, nieces or cousins, and those of their spouse or cohabiting partner), are not eligible to apply for the Scholarship.
  • Golden Z club members may apply.
  • Note that applicants from geographic areas within a Zonta district/region where no clubs are located will be considered and are eligible to apply for the district/region and international awards.

How to Apply

  • Complete an official application in English. Please note that only typed applications will be accepted and considered.
  • All non-English documents must be translated into English. The following documents are to be submitted in the application package. Applications can be downloaded from the Zonta International website, and
    must include:
  • One (1) recommendation from a faculty member in the major field of study.
  • One (1) recommendation from an employer, volunteer supervisor, or academic advisor. (Classified members and employees of Zonta International and Zonta International Foundation are not eligible to write recommendation letters for applicants.)
  • An essay of 500 words or less that clearly describes your academic and professional goals, the relevance of your program to the business field, and how the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship will assist you in reaching your goals. (Essays exceeding 500 words will not be considered.)
  • Zonta International verification of current enrollment form from the university/college/institute registrar. Acceptance letters are not verification of enrollment and will not be accepted. Please note that students from the southern hemisphere may have limited academic records available at the time of application for club and district/region Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarships. If further records
    are available later, these records may be included when the district/region forwards their nominee to Zonta International for consideration in the selection of the international Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarships. Candidates for the international scholarships may be asked to submit their most recent academic results for consideration.
  • List and include official detailed transcripts of grades or equivalent records for all universities, colleges or institutes attended with an explanation of the grading system for each transcript submitted. Note: Grades for current area of studies must be included to be considered.
  • All non-English documents must be translated into English.
  • All application materials must be received at the Zonta club by the deadline printed on the application. If the Zonta club contact information is not printed on the application, please locate a Zonta club nearest you by using the Club Locator at http://www.zonta.org, or email your name and contact information to Zonta
    International Headquarters at [email protected] Please note that applicants may not apply to more than one Zonta district.
  • Articles, pamphlets, books, curriculum vitae or other publications are not requested and will not be considered.
  • Applications that are incomplete or late due to postal delays, transmittal by third parties, or other circumstances will not be considered.
  • Applications are accepted by email or regular mail; however, email submissions are preferred. Applications submitted by email must be signed and sent as a PDF.

Deadline: Applications are received by Zonta clubs (contact local club for deadline-generally in April/May)

Click here for more details and to apply


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