Scholarships & Awards

Consider applying for one of the award or scholarship opportunities offered by the Zonta Club of Minneapolis.  

Jane Klausman Women in Business 

Deadline for Application:  June 7, 2019

Award Amount:  $1,000 (Local Award) - $2000 (District Award) - $8,000 (International Award)

ELIGIBILITY: Women pursuing a business or business-related degree who demonstrate outstanding potential in their field. Online students are also eligible. Members and employees of Zonta International are not eligible to apply.


A club evaulating committee selects one applicant to submit to district.  A district evaluating committee selects one applicant per district to submit to Zonta International Headquarters to be considered as one of the twelve recipients to recieve $7,000 scholarship award.

The program operates at the Zonta club, district and international levels. Zonta clubs provide an award for a local recipient. Zonta International awards scholarships of US$2,000 each at the district level and six international scholarships in the amount of US$8,000. The awards may be used for tuition, books or living expenses at any university, college or institution offering accredited business courses and degrees.

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Myrtle Lee Scholarship

Deadline:  September 15, 2019

Award Amount:  $1,500

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Former Myrtle Lee Scholarship recipient Elizabeth Sauders (r) with Zonta member Laura Krishnan (l)

Myrtle Lee was a past president of the Minneapolis Club of Zonta. When she passed away her son donated enough money to the Minneapolis Club to start a scholarship fund in Myrtle's name. Myrtle had strong feelings regarding single women with children continuing their post high school education. The members of the Minneapolis Club continue to honor and respect Myrtle's views regarding women's education.

The criteria for applying for the Myrtle Lee Scholarship is you must be a single mother who is currently enrolled, or who can show proof of pre-enrollment, into continuing education after high school.  See application for more information. 



Young Women in Public Affairs 

Closed - Check back in early 2019

​Award Amount:  1 award of $1000 at the club level

The Zonta International YWPA Program (Young Women in Public Affairs) was established in 1990 to encourage pre-college and pre-university women, between 16 and 19 years of age, to participate in public and political life by recognizing a commitment to the volunteer sector, evidence of volunteer leadership achievements and a dedication to the advancement of the status of women. In addition to the $1000 awarded by the local Minneapolis club, the Zonta International Foundation awards US $1,000 to each District winner and US $4,000 to the International winner. Winners of the Minneapolis YWPA are given an award and passed on to the next level (District, International).

Amelia Earhart Fellowship

Established in 1938 in honor of famed pilot and Zontian, Amelia Earhart, the Amelia Earhart Fellowship is awarded annually to women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences and aerospace-related engineering. The Fellowship of US$10,000, awarded to 35 Fellows around the globe each year, may be used at any university or college offering accredited post-graduate courses and degrees in these fields.

Deadline:   Fall 2018 - Check back for more details

Award Amount:  $10,000

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Past Scholarship & Award Recipients

Young Women in Public Affairs 


2017 Young Women in Public Affairs Award winner Abagail Fine and her parents, along with Zonta Minneapolis member Sue Keirstead


Olivia Urbanski

Myrtle Lee - Courtney Terry, Shamieka Jefferson & Vanessa Moore 


Each year the Zonta Club of Minneapolis distributes awards and scholarships to deserving women in the community. 


  • Myrtle Lee Scholarship

  • Young Women in Public Affairs

  • Jane Klausman Women in Business


In addition to the local awards available to women, Zonta District and International offers scholarships and awards, including the Amelia Aerhardt Fellowship. 

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