Advancing the Status of Women Worldwide
Scholarships & Awards
What is the Young Women in Public Affairs Award?
Each year, the Zonta Club of Cheyenne offers a $1,500 Young Women in Public Affairs Award. This award is provided to a young woman from the Laramie County area, between the ages of 16 and 19, who has demonstrated a commitment to volunteerism and has proven leadership in her community, school, and/or workplace. The money can be used as the recipient wishes and is not limited to paying for educational expenses. The selection of the award recipient considers achievements in leadership, student activities, community service, international awareness, and ideas on how to improve the status of women worldwide from information provided on an application and a set of recommendation letters.
The name of the local recipient is passed on the Zonta District 12 leadership. One district award recipient is then selected from the submitted names of the Young Women in Public Affairs awardees from each of the Zonta clubs in the district. The selected young woman will receive an additional cash award (up to $1,500) from Zonta District 12 and will be eligible to be selected for a further cash award of $4,000 from Zonta International.
More information about the Young Women in Public Affairs Award may be found at the Zonta International website at http://www.zonta.org/
How does one apply for the Young Women in Public Affairs Award?
Those interested in applying for the award must submit an application no later than March 15th of each year. This application, with the required attachments and letters of recommendation, is to be submitted to the Zonta Club of Cheyenne at P.O. Box 2135, Cheyenne, WY 82003. ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN END OF DAY MARCH 15th TO BE CONSIDERED AND PROCESSED
What is the timeline relative to the issuance of the Young Women in Public Affairs Award?
A complete application package must be submitted by end of day March 15th.
Selection of the Cheyenne Zonta YWPA awardee will be made by March 31st.
Cheyenne YWPA awardee’s name will be forwarded to District 12 no later than April 1st.
District 12 YWPA recipient selected no later than May 1st.
Zonta International YWPA awards announced no later than July 1st.
Who have been some of the recent past recipients of the Zonta Club of Cheyenne’s Young Women in Public Affairs Award?
2019 — Gillian Rose Petsch . Gillian plans to attend Sheridan College in the fall of 2018 to re- ceive her associates degree in agribusiness and communications. Then she will finish her degree at the University of Wyoming. Gillian is actively involved in Junior Leadership of Laramie County, Albin Livestock 4H , Fellow Christian Athletes , Future Business Leaders of America, Girl State (Which Gillian holds a leadership Position) Student Council, and FFA. Gillian Volunteers for Toys for Tots, Healing Waters and worked on numerous highway clean ups. Gillian Quoted; “My Grand solution to the fight is to keep doing the unexpected. The greatest movement in history is when someone did the unexpected like give up their seat and it sparks the nation’s interest”
2016 — Haley George.While she has held various leadership roles in Wyoming Girls State, Student Senate, the National Honor Society, and KEY Club, she is most proud of her volunteer work at Granite Transitional Care & Rehabilitation. In addition, she has also been a volunteer at the Cheyenne Animal Shelter and for the Friday Food Bag Program. She graduated from high school as an AP Scholar with Honors, having successfully completed nine advanced placement courses and 5 honor courses.
2015 — Disappointingly, no complete applications were received.
2014 — Alanna Gudmunson. She was active in 4-H for many years and was active in South High School’s chapter of the National Honor Society. She participated in the soccer, swim, and Speech and Debate teams in addition to being an active member of the Student Senate. She showed her commitment to public service through many community activities including working on clean-up at the Paul Smith Children’s Village, ushering for Cheyenne Frontier Days, bell ringing for the Salvation Army, making toys for the Black Dog Rescue, and making grandparent Christmas baskets.
2013 — Jennifer Nelson. She showed her leadership skills in many ways including her active participation in her church youth group, being Treasurer of the National Honor Society at her school, being an orientation leader for high school freshmen, and taking on the role of fundraising leader for an overseas trip. She was active in volleyball and basketball throughout her high school years. She has also contributed to the Cheyenne community through her work with Habitat for Humanity, the Comea shelter, and the Veteran’s Hospital.
2012 — Frances Murray. She served as a page for the U.S. House of Representatives and was selected as the number one page n the program the year she participated. She also volunteered her time at CLIMB and St. Mary’s Parrish. She was a member of the National Honor Society, the Student Senate, Foreign Language Club and the Green Club in her high school. For two years she was the captain of the varsity tennis team in her high school. Since receiving the YWPA award, she spent a year in Italy as part of the Rotary Youth Exchange Program. Ms. Murray was also a recipient of the Zonta District 12 YWPA Award.
What is the Zonta of Cheyenne LCCC Scholarship?
Each year, the Zonta Club of Cheyenne offers a scholarship to a woman attending Laramie County Community College who is seeking to improve her economic status in life. We are especially pleased when we are able to assist a mother raising her children independently on a limited income – a mother who is trying to better her life and the life of her children.
What is the amount of the Zonta of Cheyenne LCCC Scholarship?
The amount of the scholarship is generally in the range of $1,000 to $1,200 given once a year to a different applicant each year. The amount may vary slightly from year-to-year, as it is based on the earnings of an endowment fund that Zonta of Cheyenne has established at LCCC.
How does one apply for this LCCC Scholarship?
Applicants may obtain the application for the Zonta of Cheyenne LCCC Scholarship from the LCCC Financial Aid Office. The completed application must be submitted back to the LCCC Financial Aid Office no later than the specified deadline of May 24th.
Eligible applicants shall:
- have a financial need as determined by the LCCC Financial Aid Office,
- attend LCCC on the main campus, Eastern Laramie County campus, or the Warren Air Force Base campus,
- attend LCCC on either a full-time or a part-time basis,
- be a woman over the age of 21,
- be a Laramie County resident,
- currently have and maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0, and
- state her career goals and how she intends to fulfill these goals.
What is the timeline for applying for the Scholarship?
The application must be submitted to the Laramie County Community College Financial Aid Office no later than May 24th of each year. The scholarship awardee will be selected by representatives of Zonta Club of Cheyenne no later than the end of June each year.
WOMEN IN BUSINESS SCHOLARSHIP
What is the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship?
This scholarship was established by Zonta to encourage undergraduate women to enter careers and seek leadership positions in business-related fields. The program seeks to influence business decisions that positively affect women by increasing the number of women in executive positions in the field of business management.
The Zonta Club of Cheyenne will provide the scholarship recipient a one-time amount of $500. We will then forward the name of the local recipient to the Zonta District 12 leadership. One district scholarship recipient is then selected from the submitted names of local club scholarship awardees. The selected district scholarship recipient will receive a district cash award up to $2,000 and will be eligible to be selected for a further cash award of $8,000 from Zonta International.
Scholarship funds may be used for any expenses that support the achievement of the awardee’s degree in a business-related field of study.
More information about the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship may be found here.
How does one apply for the Zonta of Cheyenne Women in Business Scholarship?
Application forms for the Women in Business Scholarship are available here or through the Zonta International website.
The completed application package will contain:
- a typed, completed, official application form,
- one recommendation from a faculty member in the major field of study,
- one recommendation from an employer, volunteer supervisor, or academic advisor,
- a 500 word or less essay that clearly describes your academic and professional goals, the relevance of your program to the business field, and how this scholarship will assist you in reaching your goals,
- verification of current enrollment from the registrar of the university/college/institute,
- transcripts of grades or equivalent records for all universities/colleges/institutes, with an explanation of the grading system for each transcript submitted,
- non-English documents translated into English.
The qualifications for the Zonta Club of Cheyenne Women in Business Scholarship are:
- Applicant must be undertaking a business or business-related program at an accredited university/college/Institute. Students of accredited on-line programs may also apply.
- Applicant must be enrolled in at least the second year of an undergraduate program through the final year of a Master’s degree program at the time the application is submitted.
- Applicant must submit verification of current enrollment with the application. Note that verification of enrollment is different than a letter of acceptance.
- Applicant is to have an outstanding academic record during her academic studies, including business-related subjects.
- Applicant should demonstrate initiative, ambition, and commitment to pursuing a career in business.
- Women of any age may apply.
- Applicant must have graduated from a Laramie County high school or have obtained a GED while residing in Laramie County or be a current resident of Laramie County.
How is the annual Zonta of Cheyenne Women in Business Scholarship Recipient Selected?
Representatives of the Zonta Club of Cheyenne will review all completed, timely applications and will select the scholarship recipient based on the collective judgement of the group of Club representatives. All decisions will be final.
What is the timeline for the selection of the Women in Business Scholarship?
The completed application package must be submitted to and received by the Zonta Club of Cheyenne no later than the end of the day of June 10th. The applications may be submitted to Zonta Club of Cheyenne, P.O. Box 2135, Cheyenne, WY 82003 or emailed to Zonta.Cheyenne@gmail.com
The local recipient from Laramie County will be selected no later than the end of June. The name will then be submitted to the Zonta District 12 leadership who will select its awardee no later than September 1st. The official announcement of the international scholarship awardees will be made during the month of October.