Scholarships and Awards for Women

Zonta is dedicated to achieving gender equality in education and supports scholarships, fellowships and awards for women and girls pursuing education and careers in these traditionally male-dominated fields.

The Zonta Club of Hamilton 1 offers the following awards to students in our area. For more information, please contact our awards chair at [email protected]

Young Women in Public Affairs

The goal of the YWPA award is to encourage women students to enter careers in public affairs, public policy, and community organizations. The award recognizes the commitment of women students, aged 16 to 19 years, to serve their communities and encourages them to continue their participation in public and political life.

This award is granted annually by the Zonta Club of Hamilton 1 to a student attending high school, college or university.

Value of award: $750
Application deadline date: March 1st
Applications available at the high school guidance departments or online at Zonta International.

The local club award winner then becomes a candidate for the District award. The District Awards Committee submits the chosen application to the District Governor by April 1st. The District winner receives $1,500 U.S. and is automatically entered to compete for one of ten Zonta International awards of $5,000 U.S.

Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship

The Jane M. Klausman Scholarships work to support women who demonstrate outstanding potential in business-related fields, and are enrolled in at least their second year and up to a masters of a business-related degree programme.

Value of award: $1,000
Application deadline date: May 1st
Applications are available at McMaster University, Hamilton or online at Zonta International J Klausman award.

The local club award winner becomes a candidate for the District 4 award valued at $2,000 US.  The District award winner then becomes a candidate for the Zonta International Jane M. Klausman Awards. Six international scholarships are granted annually valued at $8,000 U.S. each.

The Zonta Club of Hamilton 1 Graduating Student Award

In November 2019, in celebration of Zonta’s Centennial Anniversary and the naming of Dr. Beverly Jacobs as the Canadian Zonta Centennial Award winner, the Zonta Club of Hamilton 1 approved the establishment of an award of $250.00 geared towards a female, for an Indigenous graduating student from Bernie Custis Secondary School.

Value: $250

The Zonta Club of Hamilton 1 and some of its members have also funded many awards and bursaries that are awarded by organizations and schools in our area.

McMaster University offers the following awards.

The Zonta Club of Hamilton 1 Frances Colter Memorial Bursary

Established in 2016 by members of the Zonta Club of Hamilton 1 in memory and recognition of dedicated member and supporter of our club, Fran Colter, who was a pioneer in the field of physiotherapy at Chedoke Hospital, Hamilton. To be awarded by the School of Graduate studies to students enrolled in the School of Rehabilitation Science Physiotherapy program who demonstrate financial need. Preference to be given to female students. Value of the award is approximately $2000 annually.

The Zonta Club of Hamilton 1 MBA Bursary

Established in 2006 by the members of the Zonta Club of Hamilton 1 to acknowledge the bequest from Muriel Stewart, her life and career in business, and honouring the lives of fellow Zontians, their careers, and their support to the Zonta Club of Hamilton 1 and its objectives.  To be granted annually  to a female student enrolled in the MBA program, who demonstrates financial need.

 The value of the bursary is approximately $1,000.

The Zonta Club of Hamilton 1 Bursaries

($60,000 donation matched by Ontario Government)

Established in 1997 by the Zonta Club of Hamilton 1 in support of the McMaster Student Opportunity Fund initiative which provides financial support in perpetuity in the name of the Zonta Club of Hamilton l. We believe that all students, particularly women in non-traditional fields, should have the opportunity to pursue their educational goals.

These bursaries are granted annually to students who demonstrate financial need and are enrolled in the Faculty of Engineering, or in Business or are enrolled in a course in Indigenous Studies. Preference will be given to female students.

Value of awards: Bursaries are granted by the University Bursary Selection Committee on the basis of demonstrated financial need. They are intended to supplement resources when the student’s own financial contribution, parental assistance and government aid leave the student with insufficient funds to complete the academic year.

The Zonta Club of Hamilton 1 Bursaries trust fund grants funding to approximately five student recipients annually.

Mohawk College chooses three or four recipients each year.

Mohawk College – The Zonta Club of Hamilton 1 Awards

($40,000 donation matched by Ontario Government)

Established in 1998 by the Zonta Club of Hamilton 1 in support of Mohawk College’s Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund which provides financial support in perpetuity.

These awards are granted to students demonstrating financial need, with a minimum 80% average. Preference is given to students showing active involvement in community and consideration to others.

Olga Cloke Bursary at the YWCA

The bursary was established by Olga’s family on her 75th birthday in 1977. Upon her death in 1994, the YWCA established an endowment fund with contributions from the Cloke family and the Zonta Club of Hamilton 1. Olga is a past President of our Club, past Governor of District 4 and she also held International positions in Zonta. Olga was past chair of the YWCA Building Campaign as well as past District Commissioner of the Hamilton Girl Guide Association.
The 2019 Olga Cloke Bursary was not awarded by the YWCA in June of 2019. The YWCA decided to make this bursary part of the Totally Awesome Young Women’s Breakfast celebration in May 2020. The event itself was cancelled due to COVID-19 but there were several applications and they will be evaluated, and the winner will receive $750 in June 2020.

Zonta Club of Hamilton 1 Crown Ward Bursary Fund at the Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton

The Zonta Club of Hamilton 1, with a generous bequest from Helen Orban, established the Zonta Club of Hamilton 1 Crown Ward Bursary Fund at The Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton. Bursaries will be awarded on an annual basis, as determined by the Crown Ward Bursary Selection Committee, in the amount of $1,000 to a female student at the agency’s Annual General Meeting held in June.