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 2021 Amelia Earhart Fellowship application deadline is 15 November 2020. Hard copy and email applications will not be accepted.


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 2021, 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, 2021.  Your local club may have an earlier date for approval prior to District due date.

Below is the link to the 2021 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!


The world economy, industry and sciences are becoming increasingly digitized, and these developments are disrupting society and familiar social processes. Women, however, are still largely underrepresented in technology fields. To create a world in which men and women have equal opportunities, women need to have an active role in technology and technological developments. Zonta International offered a new Zonta International Women in Technology Scholarship in 2019 to encourage women to pursue education, career opportunities and leadership roles in technology.


For the launch of this pilot program, the Zonta International Foundation awarded US$108,000 in scholarships: 30 district/region scholarships of US$2,000 each and six international scholarships of US$8,000 each.

The next round of scholarships will be awarded in 2021. More information regarding updated eligibility requirements and the application period will be posted soon.

Chair: 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 International recipients may not apply, nor can classified Zonta members, ZI and ZIF employees or their family members. Golden Z member are eligible.

Applicants must be submitted through a club. Each club can send one recipient to the District to compete for the $2,000 District 15 award. That winner will compete for one of the 6 international awards of $8,000.

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 work with their local club, and applications are due to District 15 by mid-July.  Clubs may have an earlier application date. Below is the link to the 2020 application.  Watch for the 2021 application in the new year.