International Awards

Amelia Earhart Fellowship

Globally, women make up around 25 percent of the workforce in the aerospace industry. In an effort
to carry out its mission that women have access to all resources and are represented in decision-
making positions on an equal basis with men, Zonta International offers the Amelia Earhart

The Amelia Earhart Fellowship was established in 1938 in honour of famed pilot and Zontian,
Amelia Earhart. The US$10,000 Fellowship is awarded annually to up to 30 women pursuing
Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-applied sciences or aerospace-applied engineering. It may be
used at any university or college offering accredited post-graduate courses and degrees in these

Since the program’s inception in 1938, Zonta has awarded 1,603 Amelia Earhart Fellowships,
totalling more than US$10.3 million, to 1,174 women representing 73 countries.

Fellows have gone on to become astronauts, aerospace engineers, astronomers, professors,
geologists, business owners, heads of companies, even Secretary of the US Air Force.

For full details, eligibility and closing dates for application go to the Zonta International website.

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, they still comprise a minority of leaders in the business world. As of December 2020, 21.2% of S&P 500 companies’ board seats are occupied by women, and just 6% of the companies’ CEOs are women.

Because Zonta International believes in gender equality, the Jane M. Klausman (JMK) 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. The Zonta Foundation for Women awarded the first Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarships in 1998 to women pursuing degrees in business leading to a business management career. Jane M. Klausman was a member of the Zonta Club of Syracuse, New York, USA, and the 1990-1995 Zonta International Parliamentarian. During her career, Ms. Klausman was a professional secretary, parliamentarian and entrepreneur.   

The program operates at the Zonta club, district/region and international levels. Zonta International offers 37 international scholarships of US5,000. Each district/region may submit one applicant for consideration for an international scholarship. The five largest districts may submit a second applicant for a total of two applicants. 

Since the program’s inception, Zonta has awarded 676 scholarships, totaling more than US$1.6 million, to 522 women representing 66 countries.

We are delighted to announce that the Zonta Club of Brisbane 2021 recipient of the Jane M Klausman award is Hannah Kneubuhler.

Women wishing to apply for this award through the Zonta Club of Brisbane can access full details on eligibility the application form and all relevant templates  required to complete an application here.


For 2022 applications for the Zonta Club of Brisbane close on the 31st May.

Applications should be sent to by the 31st of May 2022.

The process for application is via Zonta Clubs. Club winners are nominated at District level for a chance to win the district award and if successful the District winners are then in turn nominated to Zonta International for the chance to be selected as an International Award recipient.





International Awards

Women in Technology Scholarship

The world economy, industry and sciences are becoming increasingly digitised, and these developments are disrupting society and familiar social processes. Women, however, are still largely under-represented in technology fields. To create a world in which men and women have equal opportunities, women need to have an active role in technology and technological developments.

Prue Edwards (above) was awarded the Zonta Club of Brisbane’s WIT scholarship winner in 2019.

For full details, eligibility and closing dates for application, see:

The process for application is via Zonta Clubs. Club winners are submitted to District and in turn, District winners are submitted to Zonta International for the International Award.

Women wishing to apply for this award through the Zonta Club of Brisbane should contact the Club to obtain information on club closing dates.

International Awards

Young Women in Public Affairs

According to data from the Inter-Parliamentary Union, only 25.1% of all national parliamentarians were female as of 1 October 2020. Established in 1990 by Past International President Leneen Forde, Zonta has given 971 awards, US$1,109,250, to 819 young women from 58 countries.

Because Zonta International believes that young women are the key to women’s advancement in the field of public service, it offers the Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award, which recognizes young women, ages 16-19, for demonstrating leadership skills and commitment to public service and civic causes, and encourages them to continue their participation in public and political life.

Established in 1990 by Past International President Leneen Forde, Zonta has given 971 awards, US$1,109,250, to 819 young women from 58 countries.

The program operates at the Zonta club, district/region and international levels. Zonta clubs provide awards for club recipients, and district/region and international awards are funded by the Zonta International Foundation. District recipients receive US$1,500, and 10 international recipients are selected from the district/region recipients to receive awards of US$4,000 each.

Congratulations to Zonta Club of Brisbane’s 2022 winner of the Award, Sophie Nakamura.

For full details, eligibility and closing dates for application, see:

Young women wishing to apply for this award through the Zonta Club of Brisbane in 2023 should contact the Club to obtain information on club closing dates.


Homelessness in Older Women

The Zonta Club of Brisbane’s signature project for 2020 was Homelessness in Older Women and we have since worked on acheiving wins for women at risk. Women over the age of 55 are the fastest growing category of people either on the verge of, or actually experiencing homelessness. The Club has worked in collaboration with the Lady Musgrave Trust in their 2020 Ending Homelessness for Older Women Project.

Karen Lyon Reid, CEO, of the Lady Musgrave Trust, and Jennifer Clarke, Board Member, from The Lady Musgrave Trust joined us at our Club dinner meeting in October 2019 to discuss the project.
Since then club member Susan Davies has been working in collaboration with the Lady Musgrave Trust, attending a Critical Friends Group meeting, towards contributing to project development and shaping Zonta’s contribution.

There has also been an unbelievably generous anonymous donation of $20,000 to the Lady Musgrave Trust in recognition of the Zonta Club of Brisbane’s commitment to supporting the LMT. We are extremely appreciative of this donation and offer our unreserved thanks.

The club’s efforts for this signature project will focus on advocacy and service in addressing the problem of Homelessness in Older Women. At the District 22 Areas 1 and 3 meeting in February 2020 there was an inspiring presentation by Karen Lyon Reid and Jenny Clark. Susan Davies is now working with other Zonta clubs on a new project called HowZing, which will for the first time will see clubs in Areas 1 and 3 work together on a signature issue through their Advocacy committees.

The work continues through the HOW movement and to find out more read the December 2021 newsletter here.

Education Awards

Zonta Education Award

The Zonta Education Award was introduced by the Zonta Club of Brisbane in 2000 in response to a paper by Zonta Club of Brisbane member, Dr Gabrielle Caswell.

The original intent was to provide encouragement to financially disadvantaged young women to complete Year 12; to encourage young women to enter professions in maths, science, technology and engineering; to improve the status of younger women in educational institutions and in society at large; and to introduce young women and the wider community to the aims and goals of Zonta.

Twenty years later the awards still aspire to provide similar opportunities to young women with the award available to Year 10 and 11 female students.

Originally these awards were presented to students in a small number of schools identified by Education Queensland as disadvantaged in Year 11. In 2001, awards were extended to students in Year 10. The award value is $500 with $250 available to the student in each of years 11 and year 12 for their educational needs. In 2018, the Educational awards were reviewed. As a result the year 11 prize was phased out from 2019 and the award for the Year 10 student was increased to $500 to be available to them over two payments in their year 11 and year 12.

Selection is made by the school principal or their nominee/s in accordance with criteria determined by the Club.

This criteria states:


  • the students must demonstrate sound
    academic progress in the view of the school Principal or his/her nominee/s
  • the student must demonstrate participation
    in cultural and / or community activities in line with the objects of Zonta.

On the recommendation of school principals, cash prizes are not given directly to the students but funds are held by the school for the student to use to assist their education (e.g. for purchase of books or other learning resources, school excursion fees).

A certificate of recognition and information about Zonta is presented to winners at their school awards ceremonies, and a representative of the Zonta Club of Brisbane is invited to present the Awards to the winners. 

The award goes to students at these high schools: Mabel Park State High School; Bundamba State Secondary College; Glenala State High School; Aviation High; Marsden State High School; and Yeronga State High School.

2021 award winners

Aviation High     Alisa Burton

Bundamba    Chelsea Mostert

Glenala        Jasleen Kaur

Mabel Park    Melissa Baeni

Yeronga  Esther Etoka

2020 award winners

Aviation High    Francella Gabuogi

Bundamba State High School Holly Thompson

Glenala State High School Lisa Pham

Mable Park State High School Jemma Attard

Marsden State High School Farida Rezaie

Yeronga State High School  Aleena Eapen

Also, a retrospective award was provided to Alanna Beaumanis, Year 11, Aviation High.

2018-2019 award winners


Aviation High         Yr 10: Georgie Gahn;    Yr 11: Hannah Brown

Bundamba State Secondary College       Yr 10: Jade Gibson; Yr 11:
Madison Ahern

Glenala State High School         Yr 10: Trinity Leahy;  Yr 11: Emma Toomey

Mabel Park State High School   Yr 10: Gina Rambold-Dent    Yr 11: Drucilla

Marsden State High School      Yr 10: Grace Po Ching;   Yr 11: Isabelle Negrillo

Yeronga State High School      Yr 10: Yalda Asady;   Yr 11: Lyan Ding


Aviation High        Yr 10: Sarah Wade

Bundamba State Secondary College     Yr 10: Dream Brady

Glenala State High School        Yr 10: Felicity Pritchard

Mabel Park State High School            Yr 10: Quire Kaire

Marsden State High School                 Yr 10: Samantha Bayer

Yeronga State High School                  Yr 10: Tina Faiz Mohammad


Education Awards

Kingston Learning College

 The Kingston Learning College Education Award is a $2000 bursary to assist young women to meet any financial challenges to encourage them to progress to a tertiary education.

The first awards were given in 2003 with the current award incorporating aspects of Zonta’s Z-TOPs (Zonta-TAFE Opportunity Programs), first developed in 2006 by member Dr Ann Trezise. This was a partnership between the Zonta Club of Brisbane and the Albert Park Flexible Learning Centre to enhance young women’s opportunities to access TAFE and other courses.

In 2007, the concept was transferred to the Kingston Learning College  as many young women identify TAFE or other short courses that will increase their employment opportunities or support their career pathways, but are unable to access these programs because of the financial costs associated with up-front registration fees.

 As well as supporting young women to move beyond secondary to tertiary education or training it also takes on the Z-TOPS aim to provide the students with advice and, in a supportive environment, the experience of preparing an application for a competitive award, addressing selection criteria, budgeting, developing successful interview and presentation skills, and developing an understanding of compliance and reporting requirements. This process was designed to develop life-long skills in these areas.


To be eligible, the young women must face financial barriers to accessing the course, and must identify how the TAFE or university course fits with their career and work plans.

The young women then provide a plan, outlining how they intend to contribute towards the cost of the course and evidence of how they will accommodate the course into their study and life schedule.


Applications are screened and provisionally ranked by the Head of Kingston Learning Centre or their delegate. An interview panel consisting of one or two Zonta members and one or two representatives from the College is convened to conduct a 15-minute interview/conversation with each short-listed applicant to discuss her plans and application.

The Interview Panel ranks the short-listed applications in order of merit.

The $2,000 bursary is payable in two parts – the first on evidence that applicant enrolled in first semester of a tertiary course and the second payment on successful completion of semester 1 and enrolment in semester 2.

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Award winners

Year Name
2007 Chantelle Marie Young Jenna Bartlem
2008 Chloe Nelms Faren Matai Hepi-Tehuia
2009 Kristy Carr
2010 Hollie Jacobs
2011 Reyne Bishop
2012 Vanessa Provost
2013 Anastasia Rangiawha
2015 Nicole Finnigan
2017 Kaitlyn McLeod
2018 Margaret O’Hara

Nafisa Hussaini, Lacie Malcomson, Masoumeh Tavakoli
2020 Holly Martin
2021Maria Guillena
Education Awards

University Awards

Northern post for award winner

Travelling north for her first-year internship has been a boon for University of Queensland graduate Eleanor O’Neill and the Zonta Club of Brisbane 2022 Dr Helen Row Award winner. Since graduating from UQ last year, she took an internship to the Townsville University Hospital which is the only tertiary referral centre in North Queensland, Townsville…

Dr Helen Row Award

Annual $3000 prize awarded to the University of Queensland final year medical student with the highest combined marks in the paediatrics and mental health clinical rotations.

Babette Stephens Award

$1000 award to a female, second-year acting student in the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) program at the Queensland University of Technology.

The Leneen Forde Zonta Scholarship

The Zonta Club of Brisbane first offered a bursary at Griffith University, Logan Campus in 2013. The bursary is offered to a female who is a full time student, enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at Griffith University Logan Campus.

University Awards

Dr Helen Row Award

The Dr Helen Row Zonta Memorial Prize was established by the Zonta Club of Brisbane  in 1992 to honour Dr Row’s contribution as a pioneer in the field of child psychiatry in Queensland and as a Charter Member of the Club.

The late Dr Row was committed to Zonta, and in her retirement years established 12 new clubs. She passed away in 1987. This award aims to promote interest and excellence in the treatment or prevention of mental health problems, including psychiatric and behavioural problems, in childhood and adolescence.

Originally, this prize was awarded annually to a researcher at The University of Queensland (UQ) in [GJ1] the field of mental health in childhood and adolescence. In 2017, the award rules were restructured.

The $3000 prize is awarded to the UQ medical student, male or female, with the highest combined marks in the paediatrics and mental health clinical rotations.

The prize is maintained from an endowed fund subscribed by Dr Row’s former Zonta colleagues and friends, and is administered by The University of Queensland.

Award Recipients:

1997 Dr Susan Wilson
1998 Dr Gwen Roberts
1999 Karen Turner
2000 Dr Margaret Turner
2001 Dr James Scott
2002 Dr Robert King
2004 Prof Sue Spence, Dr Jeanie Sheffield
2005 Erminia Colucci
2009 Professor Graham Martin
2010 Professor Stanley Catts
2012 Dr Adrian Kelly
2013 Hannah Thomas
2014 Dr Gary Chan
2015 Dr Stephen Chester
2018 Dr Shanalie Dias
2019 Dr Alexandra Miller
2020 Elise Witter
2021Dr Sarah Cameron
2022Eleanor O’Neill

University Awards

Babette Stephens Award

The Babette Stephens Memorial Award offers a $1000 prize and honours the memory of charter member and inaugural Club President, Babette Stephens AM MBE, who was a distinguished actress and Brisbane theatre personality.

Babette joined the Brisbane Repertory Theatre in 1930, launching a 40-year career as performer, director, and administrator. During her career, she appeared in or directed numerous performances, hosted talkback radio, and appeared regularly in film and television. She died in 2000 at the age of 90.

In 2002, Zonta charter member Ann Shevill gave a personal donation of $5,000 in Babette’s memory which formed the basis of the Babette Stephens Memorial Award fund, which was boosted by the sale of  a painting by Liz Heber, that was donated and sold raising $500. These gifts were further boosted in 2006 by a donation of $5,000 from Club member Shirley King. Several club members have been further donations over the years.

This annual award is administered for the Zonta Club of Brisbane by the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) under guidelines set out in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

The Award acknowledges and rewards a talented, second-year acting student at QUT. The criteria for selection are that the winner will have demonstrated a professional attitude and exemplary work ethic in classes, rehearsals, and performances during second year productions, as well as a consistently high standard of performance skills.


Staff from QUT’s Creative Industries Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) and a representative of the Zonta Club of Brisbane

Club members with expertise in a range of theatrical disciplines attend performances by the second-year cohort during the year and provide advice to the selection panel.

The winning candidate is presented with the Award at a QUT Gala Theatre evening. Members and friends purchase as a fundraiser for the Club.

Each Award winner receives a certificate and $1,000. The Zonta funds are held in trust by QUT in the QUT Gift Fund, and interest earned rolls back into the Award fund.

Award Recipients:

2004 Tanya Heywood
2005 Danielle Jackson
2006 Miyuki Lotz
2007 Gemma Yates-Round
2008 Polita Cameron
2009 Lizzie Ballinger
2010 Eve White
2011 Isabella Tannock
2012 Sasha Grace Dyer
2013 Chenoa Deemal
2014 Chiara Charlotte Osborn
2015 Emily Weir
2016 Ebony Nave
2017 Clementine Anderson
2018 Nicole Hoskins and Bronte Price
2019 Rachel Nutchey
2020 Stevie-Lorelle Answerth
2021 Harper McIlroy

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