Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs Scholarship

Deadline: see application

Amount: $250 – $1000

Application Form: See Sponsor Information (below)
Sponsor Information

Kitchener – Waterloo High Schools, Elmira DSS and Waterloo-Oxford DSS
Zonta Club of Kitchener-Waterloo
* check web site for contact information and exact deadline for the scholarship

Cambridge High Schools
Zonta Club of Cambridge
Email: cambridge@zontadistrict4.org
* contact Zonta Club of Cambridge to obtain exact scholarship information


Description of the Award
The Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs Award Program was established to encourage secondary-school women, 21 years of age or younger, to enter careers or seek leadership positions in social policy-making, government, and volunteer organizations. The program seeks to ultimately increase the number of women in decision-making positions in order to make a difference in the lives of women and men worldwide.

Zonta International is a worldwide service organization of executives in business and the professions working together to advance the status of women.

Each secondary school may nominate one student. One winner will be selected from the Waterloo Region who will receive a $250 award. Winners go on to compete in the Zonta District competition. The District winner will receive a scholarship of $500 and the 26 District winners will then compete for the International award of $1,000.



  • Any young woman 21 or under
  • Attends high school in the Waterloo Region
  • In their grade 12 year
  • Is planning to attend college or university
  • Has a good academic record
  • Is active in school and/or community activities, especially in leadership and public roles
  • Application forms must be typed

 How to Apply

  • Completion of official application (application may be photocopied) – applications must be typed, hand written applications will not be accepted
  • Three confidential recommendations from adults not related to the applicant, such as teachers, school officials or community leaders
  • Completion of Verification of Current Enrollment form by school official
  • Transcripts from school (will be reviewed only in case of a tie)
  • A current photograph of the applicant

Application is updated on Zonta web site by September 30
Club recipient selected and sent to the District Governor by April 1
District recipient selected and application received by Zonta International Headquarters by May 15
Zonta International YWPA Committee selects the International recipients by June 30