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 $750 with $375 available to the student in each of years 11 and year 12 for their educational needs. 

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.

2023 award winners

Aviation High Lilliana Zardani

Glenala State High School   Jessica Nguyen

Mabel Park State High School Tiara-Rose Lawson

Marsden State High School  Josephine Ten

Yeronga State High School  Shirley Mokoe

Bundamba State Secondary College  Letylha Crichton

2022 award winners

Aviation High    Christine Couper 

Marsden State High   Fatimeh Feli

Bundamba State High Shaylee Kancheff

Glenala  State High     Almaas Hussein

Mabel Park  State High Vanessa Shikuku 

 Yeronga   State High   Pooja Babu

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.