Zonta Awards

As part of its mandate to improve the education and the professional status of women, the Zonta Club of Ottawa established an annual bursary and awards program.


The Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship (JMK)

Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship

2015 Scholarship application and materials
 2015 JMK Apply to Zonta Club of Ottawa
 All about the JMK Award, Zonta International

The Zonta International Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship program was established to encourage women business students to seek leadership and executive positions in the field of business management as well as other business-related fields.

The Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship is awarded at the club, district and international levels. Each year, Zonta International offers scholarships of US$1,000 each at the district level and twelve international scholarships in the amount of US$7,000 each. Any woman undertaking a business and/or business-related program 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 recipient must still be attending school when receiving the funds in November.

The Zonta Club of Ottawa will provide a $500 scholarship in May 2015 to a woman of outstanding potential who is pursuing business studies at a university in the Ottawa region. The club winner’s application will then be forwarded to the district competition. The district evaluating committee selects one applicant to submit to the Zonta International competition.

The deadline for the 2015 Zonta Club of Ottawa JMK application will be May 1, 2015. All applications and supporting documentation must be sent by email in PDF format. University transcripts may be downloaded from the university website to include in the application. No hard copies will be accepted.

For further information or to submit an application, please contact Pat Dunne, Zonta Club of Ottawa Jane M. Klausman Scholarship Committee Chairman at p.cotedunne@gmail.com.

Youth Awards

Young Women in Public Affairs

Since 1990, the Club has given the Young Women in Public Affairs Award, which recognizes pre-university and pre-college women students who are committed to leadership in public policy, government, and volunteer organizations.

2015_Application for YWPA  [PDF}

Note:  This is a PDF and therefore the application may be completed on separate sheets, and attached to the PDF form.  You are applying to the Zonta Club of Ottawa.

NOTE:  Please mail applications c/o Mrs. A. Uhthoff, 125 Juliana Rd. Ottawa, ON K1M 1J2 by February 10, 2015.


Jean M. Coon Humanitarian Student Award

The Ottawa Club awards the Jean M. Coon Humanitarian Community Service Award to young women in high school for outstanding community service and humanitarianism in word and deed. Academic achievement is not considered in the selection process.

NOTE:  Please mail applications c/o Mrs. A. Uhthoff, 125 Juliana Rd. Ottawa, ON K1M 1J2 by February 10, 2015.

2015-Jean-M-Coon-Application-form [Word Doc]  2015-Jean-M-Coon-Application-form [pdf]


Zonta Club of Ottawa Youth Engagement Grants 

The Zonta Club of Ottawa Youth Engagement Grants are intended to provide financial support to student groups seeking to host events, organize activities or programs aimed at raising awareness of elder abuse and promoting respect of seniors, through education, service or advocacy.

The Program: In 2014/15 the Zonta Club of Ottawa will support groups led by young women in the Ottawa area who will initiate one or more activities aligned with the Funding Focus of the Youth Engagement Grant. The group may consist of young women and men but preference will be given to women led groups in line with Zonta’s mission to promote leadership roles for women.

There is a maximum budget of $500 to cover out of pocket expenses of all selected activities. In the case of activities requiring presentations, the Zonta Club of Ottawa will try to provide a speaker trained to address this important topic.

Who is Eligible? High School Student Councils, other high school accredited clubs or sports teams.

Application for Youth Engagement Grants:  Application – 2014-2015 Zonta_Ottawa Youth Engagement Grant   or  Application – 2014-2015 Zonta_Ottawa subvention aux jeunes


New Immigrant Award

In 2011, the club designated an award  in the name of Cynthia Durance, a longtime member of the club who died in 2003. In 2014 the club received additional donation from a member, to ensure that this award will continue to be distributed.

The Award was presented to  a new immigrant single mother who is enrolled in a college or university program on May 5th, 2015.



Theatre Arts Awards

Emerging Theatre Artists:  Bursaries are awarded annually to women in the National Capital Region who are currently enrolled in a post-secondary theatre program that enables talented young women to achieve their professional goals.

Application:  Application-for-2015-Theatre-Arts-Bursary PDF

Application: Application-for-2015-Theatre-Arts-Bursary


University Awards

The Zonta Club of Ottawa provides financial assistance to mature female undergraduate students registered at the University of Ottawa or Carleton University. An applicant must be a mature woman student who has completed high school and who is entering or returning to university after an interruption in her formal education.

2015 application forms are available through the Student Aid Office at both the University of Ottawa and Carleton University.