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Zonta Club of Hilo supports three scholarships and three awards

  • Young Women in Public Affairs Award
  • Women’s Nursing Degree Scholarship
  • Barbara An Pleadwell Scholarship
  • Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship
  • Rose Award of Excellence
  • Pay it Forward Microgrant

Young Women in Public Affairs Award

The Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Awards encourage more young women to participate in public affairs by recognizing a commitment to the volunteer sector, evidence of volunteer leadership achievements, and a dedication to empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.

Open to women aged 16-19 (as of January 1), this award encourages young women to pursue careers or seek leadership positions in public policy making, government, and volunteer organizations and further their education with these aims in view.

The recipient of Zonta Club of Hilo’s YWPA Award is automatically entered for additional scholarships at the Zonta District and International levels.

Deadline to submit: March 1, 2022

Download YWPA Award Application (PDF)

Women’s Nursing Degree Scholarship

The Women’s Nursing Degree Scholarships are for women who demonstrate interest in continuing their nursing studies toward an advanced degree or leadership track.

Open to women of any age, students must currently be enrolled full-time in the first year of a nursing degree program at UHH or HCC with an above-average record in scholastic standing (3.0 or better GPA) and who show a financial need.

This scholarship is ONLY available at the Zonta Club of Hilo level.

Deadline to submit: May 1, 2022

• Download UHH Nursing Degree Scholarship Application (PDF)

• Download HCC Nursing Degree Scholarship Application (PDF)

Barbara An Pleadwell Scholarship

The Barbara An Pleadwell Scholarships are for female Hawai’i Island or O’ahu residents who are currently enrolled as full-time students in college/university or high school seniors.  Preference is given to Women’s Studies and/or Communications majors who demonstrate financial need.

2022 is the first year this scholarship is offered, thanks to donations made in memory of Ms. Pleadwell.

This scholarship is ONLY available at the Zonta Club of Hilo level.

Deadline to submit: May 1, 2022

Download Barbara An Pleadwell Scholarship Application (PDF)

Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship

The Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarships are awarded to women undertaking business studies who have demonstrated outstanding potential in the field.

Open to women of any age, 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.

The recipient of Zonta Club of Hilo’s JMK Women in Business Scholarship is automatically entered for additional scholarships at the Zonta District and International levels.

Deadline to submit: May 15, 2022

Download JMK Women in Business Scholarship Application (PDF)

Rose Award of Excellence

The Zonta Club of Hilo established the Rose Award of Excellence in 2004 to recognize women in our community, or connected to our community, who have made a significant impact on the lives of others through their employment, volunteer activities, and associations. The honor is presented to coincide with International Women’s Day. Nominations are sought from within the Club. The awardee need not be a Zonta member. The biennial award (non-monetary) is given on even years.

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Pay It Forward Microgrant for Women Entrepreneurs

Are you a woman entrepreneur on Hawai’i Island and in need of a financial boost? Zonta Club of Hilo’s Pay It Forward Program might be for you!

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Zonta International – Women in Technology Scholarship ($8,000)

The Women in Technology Scholarships are awarded to women of any age and nationality pursuing an information technology (IT) degree at an accredited university/college/institute, who demonstrate an outstanding academic record during their academic studies, including information technology subjects. Students must be enrolled in at least the second year of an undergraduate program through the final year of a post graduate program at the time the application is submitted.

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Zonta International – Amelia Earhart Fellowship ($10,000)

The Amelia Earhart Fellowships are awarded annually to up to 35 women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace engineering and space sciences. It may be used at any university or college offering accredited post-graduate courses and degrees in these fields.  Women of any nationality pursuing a Ph.D./doctoral degree who demonstrate a superior academic record conducting research applied to aerospace engineering or space sciences are eligible.

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