Course(s) Offered: Public Affairs (Leadership skills, Public service and Civic causes, etc)
Course Level: Secondary school, Pre-university
Provider: Zonta International
Country to Study in: Any country
The Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award recognizes young women, ages 16-19, who demonstrate superior leadership skills and a commitment to public service and civic causes, and encourages them to continue their participation in public and political life.
Established in 1990 by Past 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.
The program operates at the Zonta club, district/region and international levels. Zonta clubs provide awards for club recipients, and district/region and international awards are funded by the Zonta International Foundation. Applications for the 2017 YWPA Award are invited.
Women of any nationality who are students of age 16-19 on 1 April each year, studying and living, or working in a Zonta district/region and who demonstrate evidence of the following are eligible to apply. Note that applicants from geographic areas where no clubs are located will be considered and also eligible for the District/Region Award.
- Active commitment to volunteerism
- Experience in local or student government
- Volunteer leadership achievements
- Knowledge of Zonta International and its programs
- Advocating in Zonta International's mission of advancing the status of women worldwide
Citizens of ALL countries (who are females)
Number of awards
Ten (10) international scholarships and up to 32 district/region scholarships are awarded each year
This is a ONE-TIME financial aid
District recipients receive US$1,000 each, while international recipients are selected from the district/region recipients and receive awards of US$4,000 each
Method of Application
Applications must start with a Zonta club, and must be received at a Zonta club by the printed deadline. Zonta clubs select one application to send to the district governor/region representative. A district/region evaluating committee reviews the applications and selects one applicant per district/region to submit to Zonta International Headquarters. The Zonta International YWPA Award Committee recommends ten international recipients from the district/region applications to the Zonta International Board. After approval by the Zonta International Board, the Zonta International Foundation provides awards and certificates to the district/region, and international recipients.
It is important to read the 2017 YWPA Award, and to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on how to apply.
Applications for the 2017 YWPA Award commenced 1 August, and must be received by the assigned deadline that is declared by the applicant's local Zonta club. Selected club recipients must be received by the governor/region reps by 1 April 2017, and selected region/district recipients must be received by Zonta Internation HQs by 1 May 2017. Announcement of all recipients will be on 1 July 2017.
Please contact your local club for application deadline.
Zonta International believes young women are the key to women's advancement in the field of public service. The Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Awards program recognizes young women for their demonstrated leadership skills and commitment to public service and civic causes and encourages them to continue their participation in public and political life.
Young Women in Public Affairs Awards are made possible through generous contributions from Zontians, Zonta Clubs and friends of Zonta.
To contact the nearest Zonta Club to where you live in your country, please follow this link:
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Application Deadline: Varies (before 1 April / 1 May 2017)
Open to International Applicants: Yes
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