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 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.

Since the program’s inception in 1938, Zonta has awarded 1,638 Amelia Earhart Fellowships, totaling more than US$10.6 million, to 1,209 women representing 73 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.


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. It is imperative that students be registered in a full-time Ph.D./doctoral program and have completed at least one year of that program or have received a master’s degree in an aerospace-applied field at the time the application is submitted. Applicants must not graduate from their Ph.D. or doctoral program before April 2022. Please note that post-doctoral research programs are not eligible for the Fellowship. 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 Fellowship. Note that previous Amelia Earhart Fellows are not eligible to apply to renew the Fellowship for a second year.

Amelia Earhart Fellowships are made possible by generous contributions to the Zonta International Foundation Amelia Earhart Fellowship Fund.

  • Applicant must be registered in a full-time Ph.D./doctoral program on research applied to aerospace engineering or space sciences by 15 November of the year prior to the grant. (i.e. – November 15, 2022 for the 2023 grant)
  • Applicant must be female.
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The goal of the Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award Program is to encourage young women to participate in public affairs by recognizing a commitment to volunteerism, and providing evidence of volunteer leadership achievements and a dedication to empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.

The application process starts with a Zonta club.  For the upcoming year, women who are eligible to apply will be 16-19 on April 1st, live in a Zonta district/region, be citizens of a Zonta country and demonstrate evidence of the following:

  • Active commitment to volunteerism.
  • Experience in local government, student government, or workplace leadership (paid or unpaid).
  • Volunteer leadership achievements.
  • Knowledge of Zonta International and its programs.
  • Support in Zonta International’s mission of empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.

Applicant must work with their local club and applications are due to District 15 by April 1st.  Your local club may have an earlier date for approval prior to District due date. Click here to find a club near you.

Click here for the application, supporting forms and more information.

Complete the form before sending the application packet to the YWPA chair for District 15.
Send the completed application packet prior to April 1st to Anna Sylvester,

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Zonta Club of Petoskey is delighted to name Faith Bailey, Petoskey High School, as the 2022 recipient of the Young Women in Public Affairs scholarship.

A senior at PHS, Faith plans to attend Wheaton College, majoring in either nursing or applied health sciences, with the goal of becoming a nurse practitioner.  She will also play volleyball for their collegiate team. “Looking to the future,” states Faith, “I would love to join with international organizations to provide healthcare specifically for women in every place and walk of life.”

Beyond the classroom, Faith is involved with many different clubs and organizations, including Varsity volleyball and the National Honor Society. She worked with the Salvation Army during the COVID-19 pandemic to hand out meals to the homebound, and has spent time at Independence Village getting to know  the women there and help them with technology and social media.


I am so incredibly grateful to the Zonta Club of Petoskey. This scholarship with help propel me into my education and future at Wheaton. Zonta has a rich history of helping women reach their full potential and I am so honored Zonta chose me for this scholarship to help continue and further this mission. Again, I’m so thankful for the Zonta Club and all the wonderful people involved in this organization.

Faith Bailey


The JMK Scholarship is for women of any age pursuing a business or business-related program at an accredited college or university, who demonstrates outstanding potential in the field, and is living or studying in a Zonta district or region. Students must be enrolled in at least the second year of an undergraduate program through the final year of a Master’s program.

They must be in school when the funds are disbursed and have not graduated. Previous District and International recipients may not apply, nor can classified Zonta members, ZI and ZIF employees or their family members. Golden Z member are eligible.

Zonta International offers 37 scholarships of $5,000 each. Applicants must be submitted through a club. Each club can send one recipient to the District to compete for the $5,000 International Scholarship.

This scholarship was started in 1998 with a bequest from Jane M. Klausman, member of the Zonta Club of Syracuse NY. It is funded through investment income generated by the Klausman bequest, as well as contributions to the Zonta International Foundation JMK Scholarship Fund from Zonta Clubs and individuals.

Applicant must apply through their local club, and each club sets their own deadline. Club winners are due to District 15 by mid-August. Below is the link for details and to access the current application when available.

Women in Business Scholarship (

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Women in Stem


The Zonta International Women in STEM Scholarship encourages women to pursue education, career opportunities and leadership roles in STEM fields. The program operates at the Zonta club, district/region and international levels.  Each Zonta district/region may submit one applicant for consideration for an international scholarship.  A single candidate from each of Zonta’s 31 districts and one region will receive an award of US $5,000 from XI.


We encourage you to look at the criteria for this award, and to reach out to your local colleges, universities, and communities for applicants who might benefit from this award. The criteria, along with the application can be found on the scholarship section of Zonta International’s website.