Applications now open for Zonta Club of Hilo awards, scholarships

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Applications are now open for Zonta Club of Hilo awards and scholarships for women in 2024.

2023 Zonta Club of Hilo scholarship recipients. (Courtesy photo)

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.

Women ages 16 to 19 years old as of April 1 are eligible. The deadline to apply is March 1.

The Jane M. Klausman Women in Business scholarships are awarded to women undertaking business studies who demonstrate outstanding potential. 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 scholarship is open to women of any age, and the deadline to apply is April 15.

The Women’s Nursing Degree scholarships are for women who demonstrate interest in continuing their nursing studies toward an advanced degree or leadership track. Students must be 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 a 3.0 grade-point average or better and show a financial need.

This scholarship is also open to women of any age. The deadline to apply is May 1.


The Barbra An Pleadwell scholarships are for high school seniors and women who live on Hawai‘i Island or O‘ahu currently enrolled as full-time students at a college or university. Preference is given to women’s studies and/or communications majors who demonstrate financial need.

This scholarship was first offered in 2022 thanks to donations made in memory of Pleadwell. 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 Zonta’s district and international levels.


“Zonta is pleased to offer a total of $20,000 in cash assistance on Hawai‘i Island in 2024,” said Zonta Club of Hilo Scholarship Chairwoman Nina Buchanan. “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.”

Zonta Club of Hilo is member of Zonta International. The organization’s mission is to build a better world for women and girls.

Scholarship applications are available online. For additional information, email to [email protected].

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