Education Awards

Esther’s education boost

We love to hear from the young women who receive one of our Zonta Education Awards.

This year, Yeronga High School Student Esther Etoka contacted us to let us know how much she appreciated receiving the award, a $500 bursary that goes to the school to enable winning students to pay for schooling needs.

“I sincerely thank you for your award that will help me assist with my study fees,” Esther said.

“I am very sure it will be helpful to me and lift me to another level in my studies. I am hopeful that this gift will help me fulfil the objective of Zonta club which is to stand for women’s rights.”

Zonta Club of Brisbane member Judith Anderson, who presented Esther with her award certificate, said: “Like every member of the Zonta Club of Brisbane, I was delighted to see Esther  receive our Education Encouragement Award. She is a most worthy winner and a fine model of Zonta’s mission and goals.”

Since 2000 Zonta Club of Brisbane has provided education awards provide encouragement to financially disadvantaged young women to complete Year 12.

The award is valued at $500 and goes to a female student at  six high schools in Brisbane: Mabel Park State High School; Bundamba State Secondary College; Glenala State High School; Aviation High; Marsden State High School; and Yeronga State High School.

To read more about the awards go here

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Maria nurses ambition

Maria Guillena has worked hard to achieve her dream to be a nurse.

Now that dream is closer thanks to her own determination and some assistance from Zonta Club of Brisbane.

Maria the 2021 Kingston Learning College Award which is a $2000 bursary to assist young women to meet any financial challenges to encourage them to progress to a tertiary education.

Maria Guillena has graduated from Kingston Learning College and will attend Logan and Southbank TAFEs in 2022 with a view to applying to transfer to nursing at UQ in 2023. 

Maria is originally from the Philippines and has struggled financially to study and live. She is very hard working and finds time to volunteer to support older people and high school students.  

To show her support and thanks to Zonta, Maria wore orange and black on her graduation day – the campaign colours for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence.

Maria is originally from the Philippines and has no family in Brisbane and has been  very much part of the College family. She will buy a laptop computer as a priority. She currently travels to libraries to do her study. She was so excited she danced up to the podium and gave our Zonta Club member  Lesley Chenoweth a big hug!

For more information on the Education Awards go here