Awards & Scholarships

Zonta International offer a range of Awards and Scholarship for women and girls, locally, nationally and internationally. 

Equality in education is an essential human right, critical to development for all. For women and girls, education provides the tools and resources to empower them to make decisions about their lives and the future of their families.

While significant progress has been made in achieving gender equality in primary and secondary school enrolment, significant gaps still remain at the university level. These gaps are even more significant in fields traditionally dominated by men.

To address these gaps and promote gender equality in education, Zonta International supports three programs for women and girls pursuing education and careers in the traditionally male-dominated fields of aerospace sciences and engineering, business and business management and public affairs.These programs are made possible through donations made to local Zonta Clubs, to District 16 and to the Zonta International Foundation.

The list of current awards offered in District 16 are outlined below. In addition to these awards Clubs throughout the country offer a range of specific Club awards – for details contact individual clubs.


International Awards

Jane M. Klausman Scholarship
Young Women in Public Affairs Scholarship
Amelia Earhart Fellowship
Women in Technology
Women in STEM

District 16 Awards

District 16 Zonta Women of Achievement
Zonta Woman of the Biennium
Zonta District 16 Cherry Raymond Award


International Awards

Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship

Women have made great strides in the pursuit of education, careers and leadership roles they were once denied.  However, in 2020, while the proportion of female directors across S&P/NZX 50 companies had risen to 31.6%,  the percentage of female directors outside the S&P/NZX 50 had dropped to 15.9%.

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.

Since 1938 the program’s inception, Zonta has awarded 640 scholarships to 492 women from 58 countries. Recipients receive $US5000 at International level.

In District 16 (New Zealand) the Jane M Klausman Scholarship recipient receives $NZ1000-00 in addition to the amounts funded by the Zonta International Foundation.

Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarships are made possible through investment income generated by the Klausman bequest, and by generous contributions from Zontians, Zonta clubs and friends of Zonta.

In District 16 (New Zealand) the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship is supported by Craigs Investment Partners and the recipient receives $1000 NZD in addition to the amounts funded by the Zonta International Foundation

For more information and an application please contact our 2022-2024 JMK Chair,
Jill Hobden: jrhobden@slingshot.co.nz

2022 Lauren ThomasChristchurch-CanterburyNZ Award Winner & Zonta International Award
2021
2020Celia (Xi Yue) WangAucklandNZ Award Winner 

2019Quin LeongHamiltonNZ Award Winner
2018Jemma SimondsAucklandNZ Award Winner
2017Konika SolankiAucklandNZ Award Winner & Zonta International Award

2016Sarah-Michelle WasherHamiltonNZ Award Winner & Zonta International Award

2015Katie KeirAucklandNZ Award Winner & Zonta International Award

2014Kate McCawAuckland North ShoreNZ Award Winner & Zonta International Award

2013Alana ScottHamiltonNZ Award Winner & Zonta International Award

2012Nupur UpadhyayAucklandNZ Award Winner & Zonta International Award

2011Rosana CooperPalmerston NthNZ Award Winner
2010Hannah BroederlowPalmerston NthNZ Award Winner & Zonta International Award

2009Valeria KernAucklandNZ Award Winner & Zonta International Award

2008Genevieve CooperWanganuiNZ Award Winner & Zonta International Award


Young Women In Public Affairs Award

The progress of women in the last century has dramatically increased the opportunities available to women, yet women’s participation in positions of public influence continues to lag behind. Zonta International believes young women are the key to women’s advancement in the field of public service.
The Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Awards program recognises young women for their demonstrated leadership skills and commitment to public service and civic causes and encourages them to continue their participation in public and political life.


Since the program’s inception in 1991, Zonta has given 721 awards totalling $621,750 to 629 young women from 51 countries.  District recipients receive $US1,500 and 10 international awards of $US5,000.

In District 16 (New Zealand) the Young Women in Public Affairs Award is supported by Giltrap Group and the recipient receives $NZ1000-00 in addition to the amounts funded by the Zonta International Foundation.

For more information and an application please contact our 2022-2024 YWPA Chair,
Clare Bruce: clarebruce231@gmail.com

Award Details

2022Wei Tian TeoAucklandNZ Award Winner & Zonta International Award
2021Carmen HoldawayChristchurchNZ Award Winner
2020E Wen WongChristchurchNZ Award Winner & Zonta International Award
2019Olivia LuxonAucklandNZ Award Winner & Zonta International Award
2018Sara KhatauAucklandNZ Award Winner & Zonta International Award
2017Emilly FanNZ Award Winner & Zonta International Award
2016Loren Skudder-HillRotoruaNZ Award Winner
2015Gauri PrabhakarAucklandNZ Award Winner
2014Danielle NewtonWhangareiNZ Award Winner & Zonta International Award
2013Isobel FergusonAshburtonNZ Award Winner & Zonta International Award
2012Kerry Anne MackerethAucklandNZ Award Winner
2011Katje HeestermanWellingtonNZ Award Winner
2010Sue Wei ‘Sylvie’ ChanAucklandNZ Award Winner
2009Charlotte DavisWellingtonNZ Award Winner
2008Rosa StickingsDunedinNZ Award Winner

Amelia Earhart Award

Aerospace-Related Sciences and Engineering

Today, women remain a distinct minority in science and engineering, representing approximately 10 percent of professionals in these fields. The Amelia Earhart Fellowship program helps talented women, pursuing advanced studies in the typically male-dominated fields of aerospace-related sciences and engineering, achieve their educational goals.


The Fellowship enables these women to invest in state-of-the-art computers to conduct their research, purchase expensive books and resource materials, and participate in specialised studies around the globe. Amelia Earhart Fellows have gone on to become astronauts, aerospace engineers, astronomers, professors, geologists, business owners, heads of companies, even Secretary of the US Air Force.

Since 1938 and the program’s inception, Zonta has awarded 1,438 Amelia Earhart Fellowships, totalling US$8.6 million, to 1,014 women from 70 countries. Since 1996 there have been 35-40 awards annually, now worth $US10,000. Amelia Earhart Fellowships are made possible by generous contributions to the Zonta International Foundation Amelia Earhart Fellowship Fund.

Past recipients: 2012 & 2013 – Zerrin Turkeli-Ramadan and 2016 Maedeh Amirpourmolla
For more information about Zerrin Turkeli-Ramadan and Maedeh Amirpourmolla Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship Details.

For more information and an application please contact our 2022-2024 Amelia Earhart Chair, Irene King: irene@ireneking.nz


Women in STEM

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

Women are still underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The Zonta International Women in STEM Scholarship is designed to support women who have decided on a career path in the STEM subjects.

The program operates at the Zonta club, district/region and international levels. Each Zonta district/region may submit one applicant for consideration for an international scholarship. A single candidate from each of Zonta’s 31 districts and one region will receive an award of US$5,000 from Zonta International.

Women studying in the second year of an undergraduate program through the final year of a master’s program are eligible for this award.

Information and the application form can be found on the international website: https://www.zonta.org/Web/Programs/Education/Women_in_STEM_Scholarship

Alternatively, for more information and an application please contact the 2022-2024 Women in STEM Chair, Nicola Schreurs: N.M.Schreurs@massey.ac.nz


District 16 (New Zealand) Awards

Zonta Woman of the Biennium

This Biennial Award recognises an outstanding New Zealand woman, whose contribution to the lives of women and girls in the New Zealand community epitomises the values and aspirations of Zonta International.

New Zealand recipient announced and presented at D16 Biennial Conference. (Note: criteria for this Award has changed in 2008)

New Zealand recipient announced and presented at D16 Biennial Conference.

2018 – 2020Prof. Sarah Leberman
2016 – 2018Mai Chen
2014 – 2016Lesley Elliott
2012 – 2014Heather Henare
2010 – 2012Deborah Bush
2008 – 2010Dame Adrienne Stewart
2006 – 2008Annah Stretton

Zonta District 16 Cherry Raymond Award

This Biennial Award recognises the Zonta Club of the District which has the best service or advocacy project for the Biennium.

Cherry Raymond Zonta International District 16 has established a permanent Award in memory of Cherry Raymond, Regional Representative 1972-1974, who established Zonta International in New Zealand and was subsequently elected Governor District 16 from 1990-1992. Cherry was a charter member of the Zonta Club on Auckland, and a committed advocate for women’s rights and gender equality. The members of the Zonta Club of Auckland initiated the establishment of this Award in her memory, and it was approved by the District 16 Conference in 2007.

It will be granted to a Zonta International District 16 Club that has successfully undertaken a service and/or advocacy activity in their area that is considered by the District 16 Board to epitomise the Zonta mission of advancing the status of women.

The Club that receives this Award may exclusively use the by-line:
“Zonta International District 16 Cherry Raymond Award Recipient 2022 – 2024”

For more information and the Application Form  Cherry Raymond Award Application

2021Zonta Club of Hibiscus Coast
2019Zonta Club of Oamaru
2017Zonta Club of Mana
2015Zonta Club of Wanganui
2013Zonta Club of Metropolitan Dunedin
2011Zonta Club of Mangawhai
2009Zonta Club of North Shore