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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. According to a December 2019 list from Catalyst, 21.2% of S&P 500 companies’ board seats are occupied by women, and just 5.2% 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 602 Scholarships, totaling more than US$1.4 million, to 460 women representing 57 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.

Note that 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.


The deadline for the 2020 Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship has passed. Applications for the 2021 scholarship will be posted in January.


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.


Below is a list of the 2019 Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholars. Read more about the 2019 international scholars.

International Recipients

Victoria Rice, District 1, USA
Tressa Lacy, District 8, USA
Jasmin Baier, District 14, Austria
Caitlene Hillman, District 22, Australia
Kateryna Kharenko, District 27, Ukraine
Lena Rudat, District 30, Germany

District/Region Recipients

Ha Nhu My Nguyen, District 2, Vietnam
Natalie Nye, District 3, USA
Daniela Gatti, District 4, Canada
Laura Harper, District 5, USA
Sonali Aditya, District 6, USA
Emma Lucchesi, District 7, USA
Ilana Walder-Biesanz, District 9, USA
Chloe Henze, District 10, USA
Tiffany Efianayi, District 11, USA
Kaitlin Angel, District 12, USA
Annika Peters, District 13, Germany
Ritu Bajaj, District 15, USA
Quin Leong, District 16, New Zealand
Stephanie Chou, District 17, Australia
Mary-Ann Bart-Plange, District 18, Ghana
Ayleen Garcia, Region South America, Chile
Karelia Dagnaud, District 20, Finland
Elvira Håkansson, District 21, Sweden
Eloise Ireland, District 23, Australia
Michelle Mazzantini, District 23, Australia
Shreya Mahindru, District 25, India
Masumi Ito, District 26, Japan
Carina Keller, District 28, Germany
Anna-Caroline Becker, District 29, Germany
Yiling Chen, District 31, Taiwan, ROC
Hayoung Jang, District 32, South Korea


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

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