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 zontabrisbane@gmail.com 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.