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Zonta Club Announces Open Applications For 2022 Awards, Scholarships

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The Zonta Club of Hilo wants to support women in their career endeavors and is offering assistance through several different awards and scholarships.

According to a press release from the club, the application period for the club’s 2022 awards and scholarships for women is now open.

“Zonta is pleased to offer a total of $15,000 in cash assistance on Hawai‘i Island in 2022,” said Nina Buchanan, Zonta Club of Hilo scholarship chairwoman, in the release. “We encourage women to apply for financial support for brighter futures in their chosen fields, and look forward to reading applications from a diverse pool of applicants.”

The Young Women in Public Affairs Awards encourage more young women to participate in public affairs by recognizing a commitment to the volunteer sector, evidence of volunteer leadership achievements and a dedication to empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. The award is 0pen to women ages 16-19 as of April 1. The deadline to apply is March 1.


The Women’s Nursing Degree Scholarships are for women who demonstrate interest in continuing their nursing studies toward an advanced degree or leadership track. The scholarship is open to women of any age; students must be currently enrolled full-time in the first year of a nursing degree program at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo or Hawai‘i Community College with an above-average record in scholastic standing (3.0 or better grade-point average) and who show a financial need. The deadline to apply is April 15.

The Barbra An Pleadwell Scholarships are for female Hawai‘i Island or O‘ahu residents who are high school seniors or currently enrolled full-time at a college or university. Preference is given to women’s studies and/or communications majors who demonstrate financial need. This is the first year this scholarship is being offered, thanks to donations made in memory of Pleadwell. The deadline to apply is May 1.

The Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarships are awarded to women undertaking business studies who demonstrate outstanding potential in the field. The scholarships are open to women of any age; students must be enrolled in at least the second year of an undergraduate program through the final year of a master’s program at the time their application is submitted. The deadline to apply is May 1.


Top winners of the Young Women in Public Affairs Award and Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship will be advanced from the club level to compete for additional awards and scholarships at the district and international levels of Zonta.

Applications for all of the awards and scholarships are available online.

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