Zonta Club of Taipei II hands out scholarships and recruits Golden Z members

The Zonta Club of Taipei II, Taiwan, held its fifth annual Lu Soong You-Tze Scholarship award ceremony on 18 December. This year, the club recognized 15 female university students for achieving outstanding academic performance and volunteer work against the odds in their lives. 

The awards distributed are in collaboration with the Excellent Long-Established University Consortium of Taiwan (ELECT), which comprises 12 private universities in the northern and central parts of the country. 

The scholarship committee selected the recipients from a list of students recommended by each ELECT member. The schools also send staff representatives to the awarding ceremonies. This year's recipients are studying medicine, music, social work, foreign languages, mass communication, machinery, commerce, hospitality, and urban planning and disaster management. Lin Pei-Yi, a third-year student of the Food and Beverage Department of Shih Chien Univerity, has already developed her own confectionery brand. She often donates the cookies and cakes she makes to charity events. 

Meanwhile, three recipients immediately signed up to join the Golden Z Club of New Dawn, which Taipei II sponsors, after the recruitment presentation by New Dawn officers at the end of the awarding ceremony. 

The club, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in April this year, offers the scholarship to recognize outstanding students from underprivileged families while nurturing potential future Zonta members through sponsorship of the student club. Most of the Golden Z club's members are scholarship recipients. 

The 2021 ceremony took place at Min Chuan University, an ELECT member. The awards are made possible by the generous donation of US$100,000 from the late Mrs. Lu Soong You-Tze, a philanthropist and mother of club member Lu Kwang-Yen. 

The club also established a youth educational development fund, this biennium intending to extend the scholarship project and help other young people in need of financial aid for their study or research programs.