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 January 2019 list from Catalyst, 21.2 percent of Fortune 500 companies’ board seats are occupied by women, and just 4.8 percent of the companies' CEOs are women. To encourage more women to pursue education and careers in business, Zonta International established the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship. 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.
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 564 Scholarships, totaling more than US$1.3 million, to 428 women representing 57 countries.
These fellowships are made possible through generous donations to the Zonta International Foundation.