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Zonta International 2023 Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship, USA

Women have made great strides?in the pursuit of education, careers and leadership roles they were once denied. However, they still comprise a minority of leaders in the business world. As of December 2022, 32% of S&P 500 companies’ board seats are occupied by women, and just 7.4% of the companies' CEOs are women.

Because Zonta International believes in gender equality, the Jane M. Klausman (JMK) Women in Business Scholarship program helps women pursue undergraduate and master's degrees in business management and overcome gender barriers from the classroom to the boardroom. The Zonta Foundation for Women awarded the first Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarships in 1998 to women pursuing degrees in business leading to a business management career. Jane M. Klausman was a member of the Zonta Club of Syracuse, New York, USA, and the 1990-1995 Zonta International Parliamentarian. During her career, Ms. Klausman was a professional secretary, parliamentarian and entrepreneur.   

Since the program's inception, Zonta has awarded 713 scholarships, totaling more than US$1.8 million, to 559 women representing 69 countries.

About Zonta International

Zonta International’s story is woven from a rich fabric of empowerment and progressive change. Today, Zonta International is a global organization of more than 28,000 members in nearly 1,200 Zonta clubs in?61 countries. In 2019, we celebrated our 100th anniversary and the milestones that made us the organization we are today.


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Zonta International Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship


Aim and Benefits of Zonta International Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship

The program operates at the Zonta club, district/region and international levels. Zonta International offers 37 international scholarships of US$5,000. Each district/region may submit one applicant for consideration for an international scholarship. The five largest districts may submit a second applicant for a total of two applicants. 


Requirements for Zonta International Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship Qualification

Women of any age, pursuing a business program with major field of specialization in accounting, economics, finance, business management, business technology, information technology, marketing, operations management, human resources management, international business, or entrepreneurship at an accredited university/college/institute, who demonstrate outstanding potential in the field and are living or studying in a Zonta district/region, are eligible.

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 master’s program at the time the application is submitted to the local Zonta club. Applicants must still be in school at the time the scholarship funds are disbursed and must not graduate before April 2024.

Previous district and international Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship recipients may not apply to renew the Scholarship for a second year.

Applicants for the 2023 Women in STEM Scholarship may not also apply for the 2023 Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship.

Club members and individuals with direct membership with Zonta International 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 co-habiting partner), are not eligible to apply for the scholarship.

Golden Z club members are eligible to apply.


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Application Deadline

Not Specified


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Zonta International on www.zonta.org to apply

The application process must start with a Zonta club. All application materials must be received at a Zonta club by the deadline printed on the application. If you downloaded the application from the Zonta International website, you must contact a Zonta club for deadline information. If the Zonta club contact information is not printed on the application, please locate the Zonta club nearest you by using the Club Locator,?or email your name and contact information to Zonta International Headquarters at?[email protected].

All application materials must be received at the Zonta club by the deadline printed on the application. Applicants from geographic areas within a Zonta district/region where no clubs are located will be considered and are eligible to apply for the international scholarships via a Zonta district/region.  

For more details visit: Zonta International website.

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