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The Zonta Club of Albany Financial Awards:

Helena Roscoe/Frances Woodard Nursing Award

The Zonta Club of Albany presents an annual award to a second-year nursing student in memory of two outstanding members of our Club: Helena Roscoe and Frances Woodward.

Helena Roscoe, a 25-year member of the Zonta Club of Albany, served as President in 1976-77. She had a varied career working for Cornell University, Washington University, General Electric and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. In her last position, Residence Director of Albany Medical Center School of Nursing, Helena became aware of the need for financial assistance for nursing students in the Albany area.

Frances Woodward was a 40-year member of the Zonta Club of Albany, and President in 1962-63. Fran was an active member of her community, both in her working career and in volunteer service. She serviced as the Tax Collector of the Central School District#1, Town of East Greenbush, New York. Frances actively supported Zonta, attending District workshops and conferences and devoting herself to the Albany Club’s community service projects. Fran is remembered for her kind manner and love of Zonta.

Students from area nursing schools including Hudson Valley Community College, Samaritan Hospital, Sage College, Maria College and Memorial School of Nursing are invited to submit an application by March 1.

Zelda M. Uthe Legal Project Award

The Zonta Club of Albany supports the work of the Legal Project by presenting an award to help support an intern. The Legal Project is a private, not-for-profit organization that was founded by the Capital District Women's Bar Association in 1995. It provides a variety of free and low cost legal services to the working poor, victims of domestic violence and other underserved individuals in the Capital District of New York State.

Zelda M. Uthe, born on July 15, 1918, was actively involved in the State Association of Towns, which she joined as secretary when she was 17 years old. After graduating third in her class at Albany Law School, she joined her father’s law practice in Coeymans. She served as Director of the Association of Towns of the State of New York for more than 40 years. Zelda was a member of the University Club of Albany, the Coeymans-Ravena Women’s Club and served as a Sunday school teacher. She joined the Zonta Club of Albany in 1961 and served as President in 1964-65. She was a Club delegate to numerous Zonta district conferences and to a Zonta International Convention. Her strong commitment to Zonta’s mission to improve the status of women was demonstrated by her continuing gift to the Zonta Club of Albany under her will.

Young Woman in Public Affairs Award

Established in 1990 by Past Zonta International President Leneen Forde, the Young Women in Public Affairs Award honors young women who demonstrate a commitment to leadership in public policy, government and volunteer organizations.