Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award
Zonta International believes that young women are the key to women’s advancement in the field of public service. It offers the Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award, which recognizes young women, ages 16-19, for demonstrating leadership skills and commitment to public service and civic causes and encourages them to continue their participation in public and political life.
Established in 1990, since then Zonta has given 1013 awards and US$1,207,250, to 851 young women from 58 countries (to 2021).
The program operates at the Zonta club, district/regional and international levels. Zonta clubs provide awards for club recipients, and district/regional and international awards are funded by the Zonta Foundation for Women. Our club awards $500 to the winner and the District (national) winner receives NZ$1,000 from District 16, and from Zonta International US$5,000 each.
Women, aged 16-19 on 1 April each year, studying at a secondary school, college, or university in a Zonta district/region, or who are studying elsewhere but are citizens of a Zonta country, who demonstrate evidence of the following, are eligible to apply.
- 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.
Z and Golden Z club members are also eligible to apply and are encouraged to do so.
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. An application downloaded from the Zonta International website must go through a local Zonta Club. The Zonta Club of Christchurch-Canterbury applications close 31 October 2023. The 2024 application form can be downloaded at the end of August 2023.
Use the Contact Us button on the home page and we will respond to you within 48 hours.
Available to young women, ages 16-19, members of Z Club are encouraged to apply for this award.
2023 Mackenzie Butler – Darfield High School
2022 Carmen Holdaway – Riccarton High School, plus District 16 Winner
2020 Katherine Hadler – Darfield High School
Other Zonta International Awards & Scholarships:
- Amelia Earhart Fellowship
Zonta annually awards up to 35 Fellowships of US$10,000 each to women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace engineering and space sciences. Further information can be found here
- Women in Business Scholarship
Zonta helps women who are studying in a business-related field, and who demonstrate outstanding potential.
Those studying at 2nd year, through to the final year of a master’s programme are eligible.
The successful New Zealand applicant receives US$5000 and NZ$1000.
Further information can be found at https://www.zonta.org/jmkscholarship, and under the News/Events tab above
2023 Lauren Thomas – Lincoln University
- Women in STEM Scholarship
Zonta helps women who are pursuing a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) degree, and who demonstrate outstanding potential.
Those studying at 2nd year, through to the final year of a master’s program are eligible.
The successful New Zealand applicant receives US$5000.
Further information can be found at https://www.zonta.org/Web/Programs/Education/Women_in_STEM_Scholarship
Zonta Canterbury Tertiary Education Scholarship
This scholarship is given by the Zonta Canterbury Tertiary Education Trust which is made up of Trustees of the four Canterbury Zonta clubs. It was established in 1990 by the Zonta Clubs of Christchurch to assist Canterbury women undertaking a course of tertiary study. Preference is given to women students over 30, in need of financial assistance.
The current value of the Scholarship is up to $3000 per annum to support tertiary study. The tenure of the Scholarship may be for a period of up to three years (subject to proven academic achievement being reached each year), including this year.
Please Use the Contact Us button on the home page to request more information and we will respond to you within 48 hours.