Profile and Committee

Revision date: May 2021

A wonderfull opportunity to empower womens business careers

Women have made great strides in the pursuit of education, careers and leadership roles they were once denied. However, they still comprise a minority of leaders in the business world. As of December 2020, 21.2% of S&P 500 companies’ board seats are occupied by women, and just 6% of the companies' CEOs are women.

Because Zonta International believes in gender equality, the Jane M. Klausman (JMK) Women in Business Scholarship program helps women pursue undergraduate and master's degrees in business management and overcome gender barriers from the classroom to the boardroom.

As a Zonta club you can contribute to this result by:

  • tracing one (or more) talented student(s)
  • who is (at least) in the second year of her bachelor’s degree or following a master’s program
  • and who specializes on a business-related subject within the study program (such as Management, Organization, MBA, Public Administration, Economics, Business Law)

As a potential candidate you can approach the nearest Zonta club to ask if they will represent you. The club will support you and hand your application to the district.

Zonta annually awards up to 32 scholarships of US$2,000 each at the district level and 6 international scholarships at an amount of US$8,000 each.

2020 winner: Sakura de Vries, Zonta Groningen

Our District winner of 2020 is Sakura de Vries, represented by Zonta Groningen, area 04 (The Netherlands). Our congratulations to both, Sakura and Zonta Groningen. We will celebrate this achievement at district level during the Online District Conference on 2 October 2021.

Sakura introduced herself to those in attendance during the Dutch presidential meeting on Saturday March 13th. Would you also want to get acquainted?

Please watch the video with Sakura de Vries

Materials and deadlines 2021

The material for the Women in Business Scholarship is available!

Zonta clubs may forward the link above to universities and colleges with the question whether they can pass them on to talented students of business- related disciplines. Please also include the promo video made in 2020 to each mailing – it contains all basic information on the award:

  • Deadline for submitting the application to your Zonta club: as determined by the individual clubs
  • Contact your area coordinator as soon as your club is in touch with a candidate, she will offer support with further steps to be taken
  • Deadline for submitting the application to the District: July 1st, 2021- please submit it to your area coordinator - or to the chair of the committee if your area currently does not have a coordinator

ZAC | Zonta Alumnae Connected

Nominees for the Jane M Klausman Women in Business Scholarship and other Zonta Scholarships and Awards are invited to join ZAC (Zonta Awardees Connected), an inspiring worldwide network that meets on a regular basis. 

Our network is growing! So - receiving the Jane M Klausman Women in Business Scholarship means to hold a ticket to all the Zonta alumnae in your hands and also one to the worldwide network of Zonta.

For more information contact Susanne Wedewer-Pampus, chair of the D29 YWPA Committee,

We are here for you

Would you like more information or an (online) workshop about the Scholarship for your members? Please contact us, we would be more than happy to provide the necessary.

Warm greetings from all members of the D29 Jane M Klausman Women in Business Scholarship Committee:

Cornelia Zemskeris, Coordinator of area 01

Dianne Jeans, Coordinator of area 03

Elena Sbenghea, Coordinator of area 04

Christel Meijerman,

Chair of the D29 Jane M Klausman Women in Business Scholarship Commission

Tel: +31 6 14881999,