Award Programs – District 22
International and District Awards
Zonta International has developed the Amelia Earhart Fellowships program, the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarships, the Young Women in Public Affairs Award and the Women in Technology Scholarship as a strategy to achieve its mission of improving the status of women worldwide. All four awards are offered annually at an international level to assist and recognise the achievements of women, and the Jane M. Klausman scholarships and Young Women in Public Affairs awards are also offered at Club and District level. Find out more about the Zonta International Education Awards Click here
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2020 Zonta International and District 22 JM Klausman Women in Business Scholarship Winner
Sanuri is currently completing her honours year in Finance at Griffith University after receiving the international student distinction scholarship. During her time at Griffith, she has participated in national and international case competitions, held leadership positions in various clubs and societies and worked on establishing relationships with students from across the world by mentoring them through various university programs. She is a recipient of the Paul Harris award for outstanding commitment as President to her Rotary club and community. Sanuri plans to use her talents and skills to address pressing issues such as gender inequality.
2020 Young Women in Public Affairs Award (YWPA) – District 22 Winner
2019 District 22 Women in Technology Scholarship
The District congratulates our inaugural Women in Technology Scholarship winner Gabriella Behr.
Gabriella is employed by the Wagner Corporation and is studying for her Bachelor of Construction Management through Central Queensland University. Her major field of study is Construction Management. In her spare time she is an Ambassador for the Warwick Turf Club and has volunteered at the Warwick Show and Rodeo, Place of Safety for Children and the Jumpers and Jazz Festival. Her aspiration is to be a young person who encourages other women and girls to consider the construction industry for their career and to bring their skills in STEM to the table to break glass ceilings and effect real change. Gabriella was nominated by the Zonta Club of Brisbane East Inc.
2019 Zonta International & District 22 JM Klausman Women in Business Scholarship Winner
Caitlene has excelled in her studies, and her high academic performance is matched by her enthusiasm to contribute to the local and international community—recognised most recently as the Inaugural Queensland International Engagement Champion. At a university level, some of her endeavors include co-founding the Economics Society, leading the Commerce Society as Vice President, volunteering as a Griffith Business School Student Leader, and leading the Hult Prize at Griffith program (a social enterprise competition and incubator program).
Caitlene volunteers as a Homework Club tutor with the Multicultural Families Organisation, and mentors high school students through the Youth Leaders of Positive Change program—a program focused on embracing diversity and creating positive social change from the grassroots. Caitlene has a fond interest in social mobility and in the role of investments in driving socioeconomic development. She plans to gain the technical skill-set requisite to create innovative policy and commercial solutions to mobilise a bottom-up redistribution of power, capital and opportunity.
2019 Zonta International and District 22 Young Women in Pubic Affairs Award winner announced
Congratulations to our 2019 winner at District level Khushi Shelat, nominated by the Zonta Club of Brisbane River Inc. who has just been announced as one of the Zonta International level winners. Khushi is a speaker and entrepreneur. She will begin studying at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania as part of the class of 2023. Her experience in public affairs includes directing ChangeMakeHer Australia, Australia’s only youth-led and founded social enterprise aimed at levelling the playing field for young women in STEM and entrepreneurship, founding TEDxYouth@BSHS, and representing her electorate in the Queensland Youth Parliament. In the future, she plans on exploring her passion for the integration of business and social impact, and hopes to one day establish an international microfinance organisation which integrates government and NGO resources in developing nations to empower those living in poverty.
Khushi is currently in her first year of study in Advanced Finance and Economics at the University of Queensland.
2018 Zonta International and District 22 JM Klausman Women in Business Scholarship Winner
The District congratulates Emma Beal our District 22 JM Klausman Scholarship winner for 2018 and on her success as a 2018 Zonta International JM Klausman Scholarship winner. Emma was nominated by the Zonta Club of Brisbane Inc.
Emma is soon to complete her second year of study in the Bachelor of Advanced Finance and Economics (Honours) program at the University of Queensland. She has excelled in her studies thus far, studying as a UQ Vice Chancellors scholar and twice receiving the QIC Academic Prize for being the highest achieving female student in her cohort. Emma hopes that the skills she learns at university will help her to one day aid economic growth and development in impoverished and oppressed nations, something she is passionate about having spent time living in orphanages and refugee camps on the Thai-Burma border.
Emma currently works as an intern at a private equity firm in Brisbane, and is also an academic tutor for the UQ School of Economics. She is very involved in campus life in her role as Treasurer of the UQ Economics Society, where she is able to provide other students with dynamic opportunities to further their professional development in business related fields. As a recipient of the JMK scholarship, Emma hopes to undertake a short-term exchange in the coming year so she can continue to broaden her understanding of other cultures and their needs.
Congratulations to Madison Birtchnell a 2018 Zonta International and the District 22 winner of the Young Women in Public Affairs Award for 2018. Madison was nominated by the Zonta Club of Paradise Point Inc.
Volunteering in her community since the age of 6, Madison Birtchnell embodies excellence in both academia and community service. Madison is an exceptional leader and role model and as a result of her outstanding community service was recognised as the 2018 Gold Coast Young Citizen of the Year. She has been selected as an Australian Youth Gender Equality Champion for the IMAD Honour Roll as part of the Australian Centre for Leadership for Women and was earlier this year selected as one of the first teenagers in the Class of 2018 Women Deliver Young Global Leaders Program. Madison is passionate about social justice, youth engagement, equality, inclusion, mental health, and empowering women. Madison’s proudest achievement in 2017 was singlehandedly devising an International Women’s Week Conference, funded by a Queensland State Government Grant, which featured noteworthy guests the Hon. Yvette D’Ath Attorney-General and Humanitarian Kay Danes OAM. This conference was designed to empower women and girls, encouraging every woman and girl to achieve their full potential. Aged only 17, she has developed a passion to work in politics and for the United Nations in the future, where she can continue to serve others and where she can have the most impact and create positive social change.