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Applications are now closed for the Young Women in Public Affairs Award. Stay tuned for future scholarship opportunities coming soon.


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 ($1,000) from Zonta District 12 and will be eligible to be selected for a further cash award of $5,000 from Zonta International.

More information about the Young Women in Public Affairs Award may be found at the Zonta International website.

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 (Preferred method) or by mail 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.

Recent Recipients

2023—Caydence Eicholtz

Zonta Club of Cheyenne is proud to announce the recipient of the Young Women in Public Affairs Award, Caydence Eicholtz. To Caydence, the Zonta International YWPA Award is pride. Being selected for the award is a surreal experience for her, especially considering that the award will be used towards her goal of completing a degree in one of the hardest engineering majors. Being successful means the world to Caydence and her drive to support her community in her career as an Aerospace Engineer. She hopes to use the scholarship to succeed in her dream career moving forward and make an impact in the world around her. Caydence thanks the Zonta Club of Cheyenne for their consideration and support of her during her time pursuing her post-secondary studies.

2020 & 2021— Kylie Schelhaas

Kylie Schelhaas is a senior at East High School. She is very involved in her school and community by being a part of Interact Club, band, FCA, FFA, SSA, 4-H, and 3 competitive shooting teams. She has also maintained a 4.0 GPA while being a part of these activities and working part-time. She is very honored to receive this scholarship and plans to use it toward her tuition at the University of Wyoming where she will study Zoology and Environmental Science.

2019 — Gillian Rose Petsch

Gillian plans to attend Sheridan College in the fall of 2018 to receive 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.”


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.

How much is the 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?

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.


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 the world of business.

The Zonta Club of Cheyenne will provide the scholarship recipient a one-time amount of $1,000.  The Club will then forward the name and information of the local recipient to the Zonta District 12 leadership.  One scholarship recipient will be selected from the submitted names of local club scholarship awardees.  The selected district / international scholarship recipient will receive a combined district and international scholarship of $6,000.

Scholarship funds may be used for any expenses that support the achievement of the awardee’s eligible field of business-related study.

More information about the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship may be found on the Zonta International website. 

What does the scholarship application require?

The complete application package will contain:

  • a 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 or fewer word essay that clearly describes your academic and professional goals, 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.
Who is eligible?

    Students in the following fields of study may qualify for the scholarship: accounting, economics, finance, business management, business technology, information technology, marketing, operating management, human resources management, international business, or entrepreneurship.

    Applicant must be enrolled in at least the second year of the undergraduate program through the final year of a Master’s degree program at the time the application is submitted.

    Applicant should demonstrate initiative, ambition, and commitment to pursuing to career in business.

    Applicant must have graduated from a Laramie County high school or have obtained a GED in Laramie County, or currently be a student living in Laramie County, Wyoming.

    What is the deadline?

    The completed application package shall be provided in PDF format and must be received either in the Club’s Cheyenne P.O. Box (Zonta Club of Cheyenne P.O. Box 2135, Cheyenne, WY  82003)  no later than August 1, 2023 at 8 p.m. MDT or by email at no later than August 1, 2023 at 8 p.m.  MDT.

    How is the 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 award amount?

    The award is $1,500 per year.

    Who qualifies for the women in aviation award?

    Recipient Qualifications:

    • Woman aged 16-29
    • Completed at least 1 solo flight
    • Currently residing in Laramie County
    • Be approved by the Zonta Club of Cheyenne Board
    What is the timeline for the award?
    • Application Open: May 6th
    • Deadline to Submit: September 30th
    • Notification of Applicants: December 1st
    • Presentation and Delivery of Award: 2nd Thursday in January

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