Local Awards and Bursaries

Zonta Club of Chatham-Kent Foundation offers awards to recognize young women who embody the spirit of Zonta: caring, confident, courageous, committed; and use their talent to enrich the lives of others.

Kiwanis Music Festival Bursary

Two awards are presented annually in the spring at the Kiwanis Music Festival. Recipients are chosen by the Festival Committee. The awards are presented in memory of past Zontians Eleanor Beardall-Alexander and Vera Fraser.

St. Clair College: Zonta Club Bursary

Annually, two full time students are awarded $750 towards their studies at the Chatham campus of St. Clair College. Students apply through their Student Information System (SIS) – selections are made in January. The Selection Committee is made up of faculty members from each area of study, staff from the Registrar’s Office and staff from the Foundation Office.

Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship

The JMK Scholarship is for women of any age pursuing a business or business-related program at an accredited college or university, who demonstrates outstanding potential in the field, and is living or studying in a Zonta district or region. Students must be enrolled in at least the second year of an undergraduate program through the final year of a Master’s program.  

Applicants must apply to Zonta Chatham-Kent by June. There is no monetary award at the local level but the successful candidate will be submitted to Zonta District 15 to compete for the $2,000 District 15 award, by mid-July. That winner will compete for one of the 6 international awards of $8,000.

They must be in school when the funds are disbursed and have not graduated. Previous International recipients may not apply, nor can classified Zonta members, ZI and ZIF employees or their family members. Golden Z members are eligible.

This scholarship was started in 1998 with a bequest from Jane M. Klausman, member of the Zonta Club of Syracuse NY. It is funded through investment income generated by the Klausman bequest, as well as contributions to the Zonta International Foundation JMK Scholarship Fund from Zonta Clubs and individuals.

2022 application can be found here.

Find the most current information here.