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Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship

Scholarship description

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 2020, 21.2% of S&P 500 companies’ board seats are occupied by women, and just 6% 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 Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship program was established in 1998 from a generous bequest by Jane M. Klausman, a member of the Zonta Club of Syracuse, New York, USA, and the 1990-1995 Zonta International Parliamentarian.

The program operates at the Zonta club, district/region and international levels. Zonta annually awards up to 32 scholarships of US$2,000 each at the district/region level and six international scholarships in the amount of US$8,000 each.

Since the program's inception, Zonta has awarded 640 scholarships, totaling more than US$1.5 million, to 492 women representing 58 countries.


Women of any age, pursuing a business program with major field of specialization in accounting, economics, finance, business management, 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 be in school at the time the scholarship funds are disbursed and must not graduate before December. Previous International Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship recipients may not apply to renew the Scholarship for a second year.

Classified members (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 may apply.

Applications must be received by a local Zonta club. Click here to locate a club near you. Applicants from geographic areas within a Zonta district/region where no clubs are located will be considered and are eligible to apply for the district/region and international awards.

2022 Application coming soon

The 2022 Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship application will not be available until the end of February 2022.


Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarships are made possible through investment income generated by the Klausman bequest, and by generous contributions from Zontians, Zonta clubs and friends of Zonta to the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship Fund.


2021 JMK Scholars | PDF

International Recipients

Ngozi Udeh, District 3, USA
Courtney Jentz, District 6, USA
Chido Shamuyarira, District 7, Zimbabwe
Linh Tran, District 20, Vietnam and Finland
Ruby Shah, District 25, Nepal
Laura Ufer, District 28, Germany

District/Region Recipients

Lisa Olsson, District 1, Sweden
Shivani Patel, District 2, USA
Jacqueline Chung, District 4, Canada
Cassidy Yatsko, District 5, USA
Madina Bizhanova, District 8, Kazakhstan
Allison Dupre, District 9, USA
Alejandra Maldonado, District 10, USA
Vivien Santa, District 11, Hungary
Danielle Wallace, District 12, USA
XiaXin Yang, District 13, People's Republic of China
Laura Steinke, District 14, Germany
Makaella Caruth, District 15, USA
Rachael Bright, District 16, New Zealand
Sze Ngo Lee, District 17, Hong Kong
Namona Traore, District 18, Senegal
Guadalupe Oliver, Region South America, Argentina and Spain
Golzar Daneshzad, District 21, Iran
Yung-Ching Chuang, District 22, Republic of China (Taiwan) and Australia
Tayla Ayling, District 23, South Africa
Sarah Sparke, District 24, Australia
Kaat Lambrechts, District 27, Belgium
Marit de Ridder, District 29, Netherlands
Yana Hristova, District 30, Bulgaria and United Kingdom
Ching Chang, District 31, Republic of China (Taiwan)
Wonhee Seo, District 32, South Korea


If you have any questions, please email programs@zonta.org.

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9 December 2021

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Zonta International is proud to announce the 2021 Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholars.

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