The Zonta Club of Oswego is dedicated to advancing the status of women. A testament to Zonta’s mission in action can be found in the awards and scholarships that are awarded annually.
For over 30 years, the Zonta Club of Oswego has recognized women whose hard work and dedication have made a difference in the lives of families in our community.
Amelia Earhart was a member of Zonta International from 1928 until her death in 1937. Her many achievements inspired the Zonta Club of Oswego to establish this award in her name as a role model for excellence and going above and beyond. Earhart is quoted as saying “better do a good deed near at home than go far away to burn incense”. Indeed, this award honors a woman whose good deeds at home have positively impacted Oswego County.
The proceeds of this recognition ceremony will be used to support scholarships and service projects for women in Oswego County. This year’s award ceremony will be held in June.
Last June, the club was able to award three scholarships to Oswego County residents who are continuing their education.
Two local high school students received scholarships of $1,000 each. Jenna Ballard, Oswego High School Valedictorian, is attending John Hopkins University and majoring in biomedical engineering. Rebecca Murphy from Central Square was 9th in her class of 288. She is attending LeMoyne College and St. Joe’s School of Nursing, in a dual degree program to obtain her BS in Nursing followed by a Master’s degree. She hopes to become a Nurse Practitioner or Pediatric Nurse.
The Young Women in Public Affairs Scholarship is offered to female high school seniors who have been accepted into a formal higher education program leading to an Associate’s Degree or Bachelor Degree. Kelly Skinner, an Oswego High School graduate attending George Washington University and majoring in Political Science was the recipient of this $500 scholarship.
Young Woman in Public Affairs Scholarship encourages and recognizes young women who participate in public and community life through volunteer service and leadership and exhibit a commitment to the advancement of the status of women. Application deadline March 17, 2017.
High School Student Scholarship is awarded to a female high school senior who has been accepted into a formal higher education program, leading to an undergraduate associate or bachelor degree. Application deadline April 17, 2017.
Non-Traditional Student Scholarship is awarded to a female student who has had to put her educational pursuits on hold, due to family care or employment. Application deadline April 17, 2017.
Jane M Klausman Women in Business Scholarship was established to encourage undergraduate women to enter careers and seek leadership positions in business-related fields.