Homelessness Project unites Zonta Clubs

In a first for District 22, a total of 13 SEQ Zonta clubs coordinated by Brisbane Club’s Advocacy chairperson Susan Davies have joined together on a project to combat homelessness in older women. Using their local knowledge each club contributed to a Master Distribution List for The Lady Musgrave Trust’s Handy Guide for Older Women. In August each club will personally distribute the booklets to key organisations designed to reach older women at risk of homelessness.This is part of our over-arching HOWZ-ing initiative seeking to spotlight the lack of options for older Queensland women.

FREE! Make sure you register for The Trust’s online Forum on Homelessness August 5 10am- 12pm



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Walking with Lores Bonney

The Lores Bonney River Walk has proved to be a popular addition to Brisbane’s river walks. Back in 2016 Zonta Brisbane’s Advocacy Committee started lobbying Brisbane City Council to commemorate Lores Bonney, Australia’s greatest woman flyer, as part of the works to upgrade Kingsford Smith Drive. Four years later and their efforts are there for all to see with the Lores Bonney River Walk a popular place for all to walk, run and cycle. It also includes beautiful artwork by Judy Watson and names the many women who have lead the way for us over the years. It’s a great addition to Brisbane and testament to Zonta Club of Brisbane’s role as an advocate for women who inspire us. Read more about the River Walk here

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. According to a January 2019 list from Catalyst, 21.2 percent of Fortune 500 companies’ board seats are occupied by women, and just 4.8 percent 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 Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship was established in 1998 from a generous bequest by Jane M. Klausman, a member of the Zonta Club of Syracuse, New York, USA, and the 1990-1995 Zonta International Parliamentarian.

The program operates at the Zonta club, district/region and international levels. Zonta annually awards up to 32 scholarships of US$2,000 each at the district/region level and six international scholarships in the amount of US$8,000 each.

Since the program’s inception, Zonta has awarded 564 Scholarships, totalling more than US$1.3 million, to 428 women representing 57 countries.

Rachel Miller (above) was awarded the Zonta Club of Brisbane’s 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

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

About 40 per cent of the world’s workforce are women, however according to data from the Inter-Parliamentary Union, only 24 percent of all national parliamentarians were female as of 1 December 2018. 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 The Hon. Leneen Forde AC, Zonta has given 888 awards (includes international awards), totalling US$924,750, to 756 young women representing 56 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.

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

Young women wishing to apply for this award through the Zonta Club of Brisbane 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 is Homelessness in Older Women. Women over the age of 55 are the fastest growing category of people either on the verge of, or actually experiencing homelessness. The Club is working 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.

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.

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
2019 Nafisa Hussaini, Lacie Malcomson, Masoumeh Tavakoli
Education Awards

University Awards

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.