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 former Zonta CVA club president Dr. Bonnie Hames with a scholarship recipient.

All applications should be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to: PO Box 4832, Thousand Oaks, CA. 91359

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 ($500-$1,000), District ($1,500), and International ($5,000).

Download application: YWPA 2023 Application

      Download Recommendation Form: YWPA2023ApplicationRecommendationForm

Download Enrollment verification form: YWPA2023VerificationofCurrentEnrollment

Applications are due MARCH 1, 2023 by email [email protected] or mail: PO Box 4832, Thousand Oaks, CA 91359

• Applicants of age 16-19 on April 1st each year, living in the greater Conejo Valley and Camarillo areas at the time of application are eligible to apply
• Include a photo and a most recent official or unofficial transcript.
• Type your responses to the questions on the pdf form or on a separate sheet and attach. Pay attention to the word limit and use 12 pt. font.
• Letters of Recommendations may be mailed directly to Zonta CVA – YWPA , PO Box 4832, Thousand Oaks, CA 91359, or put in a sealed envelope, marked confidential, and given to the applicant to include in the application package, or emailed to [email protected]. Cover form can be download separately above.
• Remember to have a School Official stamp and sign page 10 that verifies current enrollment in school…and, don’t forget to sign page 11!

CONGRATULATIONS to our 2022 YWPA Scholarship Recipients:  $1,000 Catherine Xu (Westlake HS)*, $1,000 Alissa Coppa (La Reina HS), $1,000 Brooke Nind (Westlake HS), $500 Jolina Le (Adolfo Camarillo HS), $500 Dylan Zulueta (Rio Mesa HS)

  • Catherine Xu went on to win Zonta District 9 AND Zonta International YWPA scholarships. Wow! Congratulations!
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: (pdf) WHW-Application-2023 (word): WHW-Application-2023

Applications are accepted year-round as funding is available. Early in the year submittal is encouraged. Email [email protected] or mail to: PO Box 4832, Thousand Oaks CA 91359

CONGRATULATIONS Emili Calderon for your 2020 WHW scholarship award.

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).

Download Application: JMKApplication2023

    Download Recommendation Form: JMKRecommendationLetterCoverSheet-2023

    Download Enrollment verification form: JMKVerificationCurrentEnrollmentForm-2023

Applications are due June 15, 2023 by email [email protected] or mail: PO Box 4832, Thousand Oaks, CA. 91359

CONGRATULATIONS Abigail White for your 2020 JMK scholarship award.


The Zonta International Women in STEM Scholarship encourages women to pursue education, career opportunities and leadership roles in STEM fields.

Women of any age and nationality, pursuing a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) degree program at an accredited university, college or 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 throughthe final year of a master’s program at the time the application is submitted to the local Zonta club. Applicant must be enrolled in a STEM degree program by 15 September 2023 and must not graduate before April 2024.

Download the application here: Women-in-STEM-Scholarship-Application-2023

Separate Recommendation cover sheet: STEM-Recommendation-Letter-Sheet

More information about the new STEM Scholarship: Women-in-STEM-Scholarship-Description

Applications are due JULY 1, 2023 by email [email protected] or mail: PO Box 4832, Thousand Oaks, CA 91359.


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 Zonta International website: under Our Programs, Education, Amelia Earhart Fellowship tab.

Download the application and related materials through this link: Amelia Earhart Fellowship. Applications must be completed using the online form. Download a sample form for preparation only purposes: AE2023Application(ForPreparationOnly)

The 2023 Amelia Earhart Fellowship application is now closed. The 2024 Amelia Earhart application will open in July 2023 and will be due on 15 November 2023.

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.