Women make up nearly 50 percent of the global workforce; however, gender equality is not yet a reality in senior management and corporate boardrooms around the world. According to a 2014 Catalyst Census
, women hold only 4.2 percent of the CEO positions and 19.2 percent of board seats at S&P 500 companies. To encourage more women to pursue education and careers in business, Zonta International established the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship. Twelve (12) international scholarships of US$7,000 each and up to 32 district/region scholarships of US$1,000 each are awarded each year.
Women of any age, pursuing an accredited business or business-related program who demonstrate outstanding potential in the field, are eligible and encouraged to apply. For a full list of the eligibility and application requirements, please refer to the application.
Applications must be submitted
through a Zonta club.
Since the program's inception, Zonta has awarded 484 Scholarships, totaling more than US$1.1 million, to 366 women from 54 countries.
These fellowships are made possible through generous donations to the Zonta International Foundation.
 Catalyst. Pyramid: Women in S&P 500 Companies. New York: Catalyst, December 14, 2015.