The Zonta Club of the Conejo Valley Area typically awards 4 to 8 scholarships totaling $6-8,000 each year based on the number and quality of applicants. Shown at left is ZontaCV club president Dr. Bonnie Hames with a scholarship recipient.

All applications should be emailed c/o Denise Aiani at or mailed to: 1791 Sutter Avenue, Simi Valley, CA. 93065

Young Women in Public Affairs Award

In 1995 the global average proportion of women in parliament was just 11 percent. Today, women hold 22.7 percent of seats in the world’s national parliaments as of 1 June 2016. Although this figure has doubled in the last 21 years, many barriers remain to women’s political participation and gender parity in political representation across the globe. Recognizing that to bring about sustainable changes that benefit all of humanity, women must have equal participation in the decision-making process, Zonta International established the Young Women in Public Affairs Award in 1990.

The goal of the Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award Program is to encourage more young women, ages 16-19, to participate in public affairs by recognizing a young woman’s commitment to the volunteer sector, evidence of volunteer leadership achievements and a dedication to the empowerment of women. Scholarships are award at three levels: Club ($1,000), District ($1,000), and International ($4,000).

Download application: 2019YWPAApp

Applications are accepted at the Club-level only. The ZontaCV club deadline is FEBRUARY 6, 2019.

• Applicants of age 16-19 on April 1st each year, living in the greater Conejo Valley area at the time of application are eligible to apply
• Complete the Application and submit it by midnight, February 6, 2019, to: YWPA, 1791 Sutter Avenue, Simi Valley, CA 93065
• Include a photo and a most recent official or unofficial transcript.
• Type your responses to the questions on the form, or, on a separate sheet and attach. Pay attention to the word limit and use double space, and 12 pt. font.
• Letters of Recommendations may be mailed directly to YWPA, 1791 Sutter Avenue, Simi Valley, 93065, or put in a sealed envelope, marked confidential, and given to the applicant to include in the application package.
• Remember to have a High School Official stamp and sign page 7 that verifies current enrollment in high school.

Women Helping Women Scholarship

This Club-only scholarship is awarded to women who want to pursue higher education (post grade 12) after a leave of absence. Typically this award is given to “stay-at-home” women (e.g. raising children) to assist them with education/training in order to re-enter the workforce or improve their current limited job status. Applications are evaluated on a case-by-case based on need and circumstance.

Download application here: WHW-Application-2019

Applications are due March 6, 2019. Email c/o Denise Aiani at or mail to: 1791 Sutter Avenue, Simi Valley, CA. 93065

Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship

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 [1], women hold only 4.2 percent of the CEO positions and 19.2 percent of board seats at S&P 500 companies. The Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship program helps women pursue undergraduate and master’s degrees in business management and overcome gender barriers from the classroom to the boardroom.  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. Students must be enrolled full-time 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.

Scholarships are award at three levels: Club (the CV club typically awards 3 to 6 $1,000 scholarships each year), District (D9 typically awards # $1,000 scholarships annually), International (12 scholarships of US$7,000 each are awarded annually).

For a full list of the eligibility and application requirements: Jane Klausman Scholarship

Download an application here (2018 posted, 2019 will be posted as soon as it is available): JMKApplication 2018

Applications are due tbd, 2019. Email c/o Denise Aiani at or mail to: 1791 Sutter Avenue, Simi Valley, CA. 93065

Amelia Earhart Fellowship

According to Women in Aerospace, in 2010, roughly 10 percent of the aerospace industry was made up of women. While the number has slowly increased, there must be reinforcements behind each step forward. To assist the future of women in this field and other aerospace-related sciences and engineering, Zonta International established the Amelia Earhart Fellowship in 1938 in honor of legendary pilot and Zontian, Amelia Earhart. Today, the Fellowship of US$10,000 is awarded annually to 35 talented women, pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering around the globe. The award may be used at any university or college offering accredited post-graduate courses and degrees in these fields.

Women of any nationality pursuing a Ph.D./doctoral degree, who demonstrate a superior academic record in the field of aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering, are eligible and encouraged to apply. For a full list of the eligibility and application requirements, please refer to the application. Download the application and related materials through this link: Amelia Earhart Fellowship

The application deadline is 15 November.

Since the program’s inception, Zonta International has awarded 1,508 Amelia Earhart Fellowships, totaling more than US$9.3 million, to 1,079 women from 70 countries.