In January, Zontians around the world celebrate the life of Amelia Earhart, our most famous Zontian. I’ve spoken about our Amelia Earhart Fellowships in the past. Zonta has awarded 1,438 Amelia Earhart Fellowships, totaling more than $8.6 million, to women from 70 countries. Today, women remain a distinct minority in science and engineering, representing approximately 10 percent of professionals in these fields. The Amelia Earhart Fellowship program helps talented women, pursuing advanced studies in the typically male-dominated fields of aerospace-related sciences and aerospace-related engineering, to achieve their educational goals.
The fellowship enables these women to invest in state-of-the-art computers to conduct their research, purchase expensive books and resource materials, and participate in specialized studies around the globe. Amelia Earhart Fellows have gone on to become astronauts, aerospace engineers, astronomers, professors, geologists, business owners, heads of companies, even secretary of the U.S. Air Force. Applications have already been received for this year’s fellows and they will be notified of their status by the end of April 2015. Applications for 2016 fellowships are due by Nov. 15 and details are available at zonta.org. If you know of a deserving woman working on her Ph.D. anywhere around the world, please let her know.
If you know a woman pursuing a business or business-related degree who demonstrates outstanding potential in her field, including online students, she should visit zonta.org to learn about the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship. These applications must go through a club, and our club applications will be available soon. Our club winner gets $1,000, then competes against up to 18 other winners for another $1,000 at the district level. The district winner competes against about 30 other district winners for 12 international scholarships of $7,000 each. So this is an outstanding opportunity for a business student to possibly win up to $9,000 in scholarship money for next year.
If you know of a young woman aged 16-19 who has made an active commitment to volunteerism, is experienced in local government, student government or workplace leadership (paid or unpaid), has volunteer leadership achievements and has knowledge of Zonta International and its programs, and/or advocating in accordance with Zonta’s mission of advancing the status of women worldwide, then tell her to find out about the Young Woman in Public Affairs award at zonta.org. Applications must go through a local club, and our club applications will be available soon. Our club award is $1,000; she then competes against up to 18 other winners for another $1,000 at the district level. The district winner competes against about 30 other district winners for 10 international awards of $4,000 each. So this is an outstanding opportunity for an active young woman to possibly win up to $6,000 in money for her education or public service.
Our Zonta District 2 goes from Auburn east to the New York state line, from the Pennsylvania border north into Canada, including the Zonta Clubs of Ottawa and Montreal. We are pleased to have our own District 2 member Dolly Dastoor, Zonta Club of Montreal, as the chair of the Zonta International Foundation Development Committee. Her volunteer position is to encourage contributions, grants, legacies and bequests for foundation activities from individuals, organizations, foundations, corporations and other sources. I know Dolly very well, since I was lieutenant governor when she was our district governor, so we worked quite closely for two years. Dolly was born and educated in Mumbai. She has lived on three continents, moving to Nigeria in 1970, where she was a charter member of the Zonta Club of Ibadan. She immigrated to Canada in 1973, where she joined the Zonta Club of Montreal and has served Zonta at all levels. Dolly retired in 2013 from her work as clinical psychologist, university professor and clinical administrative director of a program in dementia at a teaching hospital of McGill University, Montreal. She is currently the editor-in-chief of her community quarterly journal and volunteers her services with the Alzheimer's Society of Montreal and the McGill Centre for Studies in Aging as chair of their education committees, in addition to her work with Zonta.
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Gloria Stootman Wristen has been a CPA in Auburn since 1982 and a member of the Zonta Club of Auburn since 1989.