UW-Whitewater Student Named International Recipient of Zonta International Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship

Tara Liegel, a UW-Whitewater student from Loganville, WI has been selected to one of six International Recipients of the 2020 Zonta International Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship. The Zonta Club of Janesville had selected Liegel for its local award earlier in the year, and forwarded her application for consideration for additional scholarships offered by Zonta International.

Liegel received the scholarship because of her outstanding academic record at UW-Whitewater in the fields of Accounting and Finance. She has been president of the Epsilon Rho Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi honors society at UW-Whitewater and has demonstrated outstanding leadership, and service to the community as she has pursued her studies leading to a career in public accounting.

The other International Recipients of the scholarship are from the US, Canada, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Italy.

The Zonta International Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarships, first awarded in 1998, are open to women enrolled in at least the second year of an undergraduate program through the final year of a Master’s program in business, leading to a business management career. The program is designed to encourage women to enter careers and to seek leadership positions in business-related fields in their communities and throughout the world. The Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarships look to the women of today to be the leaders of tomorrow

The Zonta Club of Janesville is a club of Zonta International, and has been serving the community since 1960 through activities directed toward combating violence against women, and projects such as the Women With a Vision program that has developed partnerships with other agencies and foundations to provide scholarships and additional support to single mothers who are pursuing a post-secondary education that will empower them to enter careers that provide family sustaining wages. For the past 25 years, the Zonta Club of Janesville has hosted the Annual International Women’s Day Luncheon during the month of March on or near International Women’s Day.

Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.  The Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship Program is one of many programs for women and girls sponsored by Zonta International. The Scholarships are funded by voluntary contributions to the Zonta International Foundation.                                                                                                                                 

“Women with a Vision” Scholarship for Spring 2021 Applications Available

  Applications for the Zonta Club of Janesville Women with a Vision Scholarship for Spring 2021 are available now. The scholarship will be awarded to a woman who is a single mother, residing in Rock County, who is pursuing completion of a degree at Blackhawk Technical College or the University of Wisconsin Whitewater at Rock County that will empower her to attain employment that provides a family-sustaining income. The applicant must have earned at least 12 college credits and must be able to maintain a GPA of at least 2.75. She must be currently enrolled in one of the colleges and be able to complete at least 6 college credits each semester.

The scholarship award may be used for tuition, books, fees and equipment required for course work. The value of the scholarship is $1250 per semester

Request an application form at janesville_scholarship@zontadistrcit6.org.

Applications must be submitted by December 20, 2020. Award will be announced on or before January 1, 2021.

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign that takes place each year. It commences on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, indicating that violence against women is the most pervasive breach of human rights worldwide. It was originated by activists at the inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and continues to be coordinated each year by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership. It is used as an organizing strategy by individuals, institutions and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls (VAWG).

Ways to Take Action!

  • Donate to your local or national shelter or hotline service
  • Make a personal commitment to not condone or accept violence, and to speak up
  • Have conversations with family and friends about the negative impact of VAWG on individuals and communities
  • Educate yourself about the causes and consequences of VAWG
  • Invest in technical solutions to aid government and civil society response for survivors such as online and text support
  • Invest in creating safer spaces on- and offline for women and girls
  • Donate to local women’s organizations

 

Club Members Share COVID Impact on Local Non-Profits

Fall Zonta Club meetings have been very educational!  Our Program Committee is having our very own Club members who work in various local non-profits speak about how they are staying successful with supporting the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.  In October, Sarah Williams/Edgerton Community Outreach (ECO) Executive Director, shared how critical the Food Pantry is. They are challenged with budgetary needs as their Thrift Store was closed during the initial lockdown while the community needs remain.  ECO continues to use caseworkers to meet in controlled, safe ways.  In November, Jessica Lueptniz/YWCA, shared how the initial lockdown forced them to place people in need of safe shelters in local hotels.  Once the lockdown lifted, the YWCA was flooded with calls from women in need.  They were able to extend their services to include appointment-only times in addition to offering support via phone.  Guests welcomed to any Club Meeting – the first Tuesday of each month (September – June).

Women with a Vision Scholarship

Applications for the 2020 Zonta Club of Janesville Women with a Vision Scholarship are now available by requesting an application form from the scholarship committee at janesville_scholarship@zontadistrict6.org

This scholarship is awarded to a woman who is a single mother, residing in Rock County, who is pursuing completion of a degree at Blackhawk Technical College or the University of Wisconsin Whitewater at Rock County that will empower her to attain employment that provides a family-sustaining income. The applicant must have earned at least 12 college credits and must be able to maintain a GPA of at least 2.75. She must be currently enrolled in one of the colleges and be able to complete at least 6 college credits each semester.

The scholarship award may be used for tuition, books, fees and equipment required for course work. The value of the scholarship is $2500 for one year, $1250 per semester.

Applications must be submitted by email to janesville_scholarship@zontadistrict6.org by May 1, 2020.