Profile and Committee

Zonta International District 29

A wonderful opportunity to empower womens business careers

Status: January 2023

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

Zonta International believes in gender equality

This is why the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship (WiB) 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.
The program operates at the Zonta club, district/region and international levels. Zonta International offers 37 international scholarships of US$5,000. Each district/region may submit one applicant for consideration for an international scholarship. The five largest districts may submit a second applicant for a total of two applicants.The outcome will be announced by Zonta International at the end of November.

Jane M Klausman Women in Business Scholarship (WIB)

We are proud to introduce you to Marit de Ridder, the D29 winner of the Women in Business Scholarship Round 2021 (1.000 Euro), represented by Zonta Rotterdam.

We gladly invite you to watch her inspiring vlog.

Zonta International District 29

Marit recieved her District Award during the area-meeting of area 04 from Monika Geise, D29 Governor at the time.

Why work with the Scholarship

Watch this video message from Sakura de Vries, District winner Round 2020 to convince yourself and others that promoting with the Women in Business Scholarship is utmost rewarding and of the essence!
Zonta International District 29

At the D29 District Conference of 2020 a video from the club ceremonie and an indept interview with Sakura was shown.

Here you can watch the 'Women in Business Scholarship' Video from the digital District Conference 2021.


Important dates 2023

Area 01 offers 'Women in Business Award'

Zonta International District 29Many years ago the Area 01 voted for a 1.000 euro award of the year’s best candidate from our Area behind the District winners. Almost every year there is thus one candidate to be «consoled» by our Area award when shed id not succeed to be District winner.

In 2022 it is Josefina Sonnerup, a brilliant Swedish student who is pursuing her studies in Paris and now Madrid with an amazingly creative profile of technical innovation experience. She was supported by the Zonta Club of Madrid km0.

Read more about Area 01/29's activities at the Women in Business Award here ...

ZAC | Zonta Alumnae Connected

Nominees for all Zonta Awards and Scholarships are invited to join ZAC (Zonta Awardees Connected) – an inspiring worldwide network what 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.

Find out more about ZAC here...

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.

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The District 29 Jane M Klausman Women in Business Scholarship Committee:

Zonta International District 29Chair: Christel Meijerman | ZC Utrecht, the Netherlands | Area 04

Contact: Tel: +31 6 14881999 | e-mail:


  • Cornelia Zemskeris | Coordinator of Area 01 | ZC Paris Etoile | France
  • Silke Specht | Coordinator of Area 02 | ZC Wuppertal | Germany
  • Dianne Jeans | Coordinator of Area 03 | ZC of London | United Kingdom
  • Elena Sbenghea | Coordinator of Area 04 | ZC Rond de Reest | the Netherlands
  • Rosemarie Marchan | Coordinator of Area 05 | ZC Bochum | Germany