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.

2012 Zontaian Theatre Arts Award Winner, Amanda Vojvodin, with presenter Cindy O’Neil, Photo Mona Tobgi

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.

Applications will be posted by January 2015.


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.

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.

NOTE:  Please mail applications c/o Mrs. A. Uhthoff, 125 Juliana Rd. Ottawa, ON K1M 1J2 by February 11, 2015.

Our 2015 application forms will be posted in December 2014.

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 11, 2015.

JMC Brochure – Our 2015 application forms will be posted in December, 2014.


New Immigrant Award (formerly the Cynthia Durance 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 a donation to ensure that this award will continue to be distributed.

The Award will be presented to a new immigrant single mother who is enrolled in a college or university program.

2015 Application forms will be sent to immigrant service agencies in January 2015.

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

Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship

2015 Scholarship application and materials
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JMK Guidelines for Clubs and Districts | pdf

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 March 31, 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 Judith Ainsworth, Zonta Club of Ottawa Jane M. Klausman Scholarship Committee Chairman at zontaottawa@rogers.com