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.


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 of 2022, 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 1, 2022.  Your local club may have an earlier date for approval prior to District due date.

Below is the link to the 2022 application.

Connie Currier, Co-Chair, District 15 YWPA Committee,

The Zonta Club of Gaylord presented the 2020 YWPA award to Hannah Johnston, a graduate of Gaylord High School.  Hannah’s outstanding service to her community – including service as President of the Youth Advisory Committee of the Otsego Community Foundation, mentoring youth, work at a local food pantry, counseling children at a bereavement camp, volunteering at an adult day care, and also service to Zonta — demonstrate her leadership skills and commitment to empowering women where she lives and works.  Hannah plans to attend CMU in the fall and would like to become a physician.  Congratulations Hannah!


To create a world in which men and women have equal opportunities, women need to have an active role in the field of information technology and access to leadership roles such as chief information officers (CIOs) and chief technology officers (CTOs). Zonta International is pleased to support the Zonta International Women in Technology Scholarship to encourage women to pursue education, career opportunities and leadership roles in information technology.

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. Demonstrated initiative, ambition and commitment to pursuing a career in information technology. 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 post graduate program at the time the application is submitted. Applicants must be in school at the time the scholarship funds are disbursed and must not graduate before April 2022. Zonta International Women in Information Technology Scholarship recipients may not apply to renew the Scholarship for a second year.

Golden Z club members may apply.

Classified members and employees of Zonta International and Zonta Foundation for Women, and their family members (ancestors, descendants, adoptees, siblings, nieces or cousins, and those of their spouse or cohabiting partner), are not eligible to apply.

Zonta International will award up to 20 scholarships of US$8,000 each. Women in Technology Scholarships are made possible through generous contributions to the Rose Fund from Zontians, Zonta clubs and friends of Zonta.

The 2021 applications were due to ZI in October 2021 and recipients with be announcements in April 2022.

Information for 2022 applicants will be available after April 2022.

Women In Technology Scholarship
Patty Johnson


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 (