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$2,000
each at the district/region level and six international scholarships in the amount of US$8,000 each. Any woman
undertaking a business program at an accredited university/college/institute, including online students, 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.
Who is Eligible?
Women of any age, pursuing a business program with major field of specialization in accounting, finance, business
management, marketing, operations management, human resources management, international business, or
entrepreneurship at an accredited university/college/institute, who demonstrate outstanding potential in the field and are living or studying in a Zonta district/region, are eligible. Online students are also eligible to apply if enrolled at an accredited university/college/institute.
Students must be 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 to the local Zonta club. Applicants must be in school at the
time the scholarship funds are disbursed and must not graduate before December 2019. Previous International Jane
M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship recipients may not apply to renew the Scholarship for a second year.
Classified members (club members and individuals with direct membership with Zonta International) and employees of Zonta International and Zonta International Foundation, and their family members (ancestors, descendants, adoptees, siblings, nieces or cousins, and those of their spouse or co-habiting partner), are not eligible to apply for the Scholarship.
Golden Z club members may apply.
Note that applicants from geographic areas within a Zonta district/region where no clubs are located will be
considered and are eligible to apply for the district/region and international awards.
What are the Requirements?
Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:
1. Be undertaking a business and/or business-related program at an accredited university/college/institute.
2. 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 to the local Zonta club or district.
3. Applicants must still be attending school at the time the scholarship funds are disbursed to receive this
4. Must submit the Zonta International verification of current enrollment form (see page 10) with application
materials. Acceptance letters are not verification of enrollment and will not be accepted.
5. Achieved an outstanding academic record during her academic studies, including business subjects.
6. 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.
All non-English documents must be translated into English. The following documents are to be submitted in the
application package. Applications can be downloaded from the Zonta International website, (www.zonta.org) and
1. One (1) recommendation from a faculty member in the major field of study.
2. One (1) 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 of 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. (Essays exceeding 500 words will not be considered.)
4. Zonta International 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 Women in Business Scholarships. If further records
are available later, 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 Women in Business
Scholarships. Candidates for the international scholarships may be asked to submit their most recent
academic results for consideration.
5. List and include official detailed transcripts of grades or equivalent records for all universities, colleges or
institutes attended with an explanation of the grading system for each transcript submitted. Note: Grades for
current area of studies must be included to be considered.
6. All non-English documents must be translated into 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 protected] 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
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 governor/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 six international recipients from the district/region
How May I Use the Scholarship Funds?
1. The scholarship may be used for any expenses that support the achievement of a degree in business.
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.