Jane M. Klausman
Women in Business Scholarships
A Zonta International Program, Funded through the Zonta International Foundation
The Zonta International Foundation awarded the first Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarships in 1998 to women pursuing degrees in business leading to a business management career. This program was established from a bequest by Jane M. Klausman, 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.
The Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarships are awarded to women undertaking business studies who have demonstrated outstanding potential in the field. Zonta International offers up to 32 scholarships of US$1,000 each at the district/region level and 12 international scholarships in the amount of US$7,000 each. Any woman undertaking a business and/or business-related program at an accredited university/college/institute, 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, is eligible to apply. The Scholarship may be used at any university, college or institute offering accredited courses and degrees. Previous International Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship recipients may not apply to renew the Scholarship for a second year.
Who is Eligible?
Women of any age, pursuing a business or business-related program who demonstrate outstanding potential in the field and are living or studying in a Zonta district/region, are eligible. Note that applicants from geographic areas where no Zonta clubs are located will be considered and also eligible to apply for the district/region scholarship. Online students are also eligible to apply.
Classified members and employees of Zonta International and Zonta International Foundation, and their family members, are not eligible to apply for the Scholarship.
What are the Requirements?
Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:
Be undertaking a business and/or business-related program at an accredited university/college/institute.
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 (applicants must still be attending school to receive this award).
Must submit verification of current enrollment (see page 10) with application materials. Acceptance letters are not verification of enrollment and will not be accepted.
Achieved an outstanding academic record during her academic studies, including business-related subjects.
Demonstrated initiative, ambition and commitment to pursuing a career in business.
How Do I Apply?
Complete an official application in English. Please note that only typed applications will be accepted and considered. Applications can be downloaded from the Zonta International website, (www.zonta.org) or click link above, and must include:
1. One recommendation from a faculty member in the major field of study.
2. One recommendation from an employer, volunteer supervisor, or academic advisor. (Classified members and employees of Zonta International and Zonta International Foundation are not eligible to write recommendation letters for applicants.)
3. An essay in 500 words or less that clearly describes your academic and professional goals, the relevance of your program to the business field, and how the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship will assist you in reaching your goals.
4. Verification of current enrollment form from the university/college/institute registrar (see page 10 of application). Acceptance letters are not verification of enrollment and will not be accepted.
Please note that students from the southern hemisphere may have limited academic records available at the time of application for club and district/region Jane M. Klausman Scholarships. If further records are available at a later date, these records may be included when the district/region forwards their nominee to Zonta International for consideration in the selection of the International Jane M. Klausman Scholarships. Candidates for the International Scholarships may be asked to submit their most recent academic results for consideration.
5. Transcripts of grades or equivalent records for all universities, colleges, or institutes, with an explanation of the grading system for each transcript submitted.
6. All non-English documents must be translated in English.
7. All application materials must be received at the Zonta club by the deadline printed on the application. If the Zonta club contact information is not printed on the application, please locate a Zonta club nearest you by using the Club Locator at http://www.zonta.org, or email your name and contact information to Zonta International Headquarters at email@example.com. Please note that applicants may not apply to more than one Zonta district.
8. Articles, pamphlets, books, curriculum vitae or other publications are not requested and will not be considered.
9. Applications that are incomplete or late due to postal delays, transmittal by third parties, or other circumstances will not be considered. Applications are accepted by email or regular mail; however, email submissions are preferred. Applications submitted by email must be signed and sent as a PDF.
What is the Application Process?
The club evaluation committee will consider applications and select the club awardee. Applications selected by Zonta clubs are sent to their respective Zonta governors/regional representative. A district/region evaluation committee selects one applicant per district/region to submit to Zonta International Headquarters. The Zonta International Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship Committee selects 12 international recipients from the district/region applicants.
How May I Use the Scholarship Funds?
1. The scholarship may be used for any expenses that support the achievement of a degree in a business-related field.
2. For domestic and foreign recipients studying in the United States, scholarship funds used for tuition, books, fees, supplies or required equipment for the program of study are not considered taxable income. Withholding taxes may be required on funds used for living expenses or other non-qualified expenses.
3. Recipients are not permitted to defer the Scholarship. Zonta International will consider a new application the following year, but no preferential consideration will be given to the second application.
4. Recipients may accept additional grants and scholarships from other sources.
Applications received by Zonta clubs (contact local club for deadline-generally in April/May)
Club recipient is selected and application is received by governor/regional representative………………………………….1 July
(This date might vary in the northern and southern hemispheres. Please contact your governor/regional representative for deadline.)
District/region recipient selected and application received by Zonta International Headquarters.….…….…..1 September
Official announcement of district/region and international recipients….……………….……….……………mid-October