Women with a Vision Scholarship Recipient Named

Theresa Phillips of Milton, WI, has been named the recipient of the Zonta Club of Janesville’s Women with a Vision Scholarship for 2021-2022.

The Zonta Club of Janesville began the Woman with a Vision Scholarship initiative in 2012 when the club decided to create a program to provide resources that would help single mothers earn post-secondary degrees leading to employment that would provide a family-supporting income. Such a program would have a significant impact on the lives of these mothers and their families, and over time the program would provide benefits to the entire community as more families headed by single moms would become economically self-sufficient.

Ms. Phillips is pursuing a degree in nursing at Blackhawk Technical College.

The Zonta Club of Janesville is a member of Zonta International, a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.  The Women with a Vision Scholarship is one of many local and international programs for women and girls sponsored by the Zonta Club of Janesville and/or by Zonta International. The Women with a Vision Scholarship is funded by the proceeds from the Zonta Club of Janesville’s Holiday Nut Sale in the Fall of each year, and its International Women’s Day Luncheon held on or near March 8.

Zonta International Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship Applications Available

Janesville, WI. Applications for the 2021 Zonta International Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarships are now available from the Zonta Club of Janesville by contacting the Scholarship Committee (Janesville_scholarship@zontadistrict6.org ).

 

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.

Applications must be submitted through a Zonta Club. Applications for the Zonta Club of Janesville are due to the committee (Janesville_scholarship@zontadistrict6.org) by June 15, 2021.

The Zonta Club of Janesville makes an award of $300 to an outstanding woman in our area who is preparing for a career in business and forwards her application for consideration for additional awards at the District and International levels. Last year, our local scholarship winner Tara Liegel, a UW-Whitewater student, won the District Award and one of the six International Awards worth several thousand dollars.

The Zonta Club of Janesville is a club of Zonta International, a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.

The Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship 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.

Membership Drive Going On Now!

Since 1960, Zonta Club of Janesville has enhanced the community we live in through service and advocacy projects as well as fundraising efforts which provide scholarships to local women.  Below are our current Service and Advocacy Projects.  Interested in learning more?  Join our Monthly Club Meeting on the first Tuesday of every month (excluding July/August).  Contact us today for more information!

Service Projects:

Violence Against Women Programs

YWCA Alternatives to Violence:  This program’s goal is meeting the crisis needs of domestic violence victims.  Volunteers can answer the 24-hour helpline, listen, and provide support to callers and shelter residents.  Zonta members contribute household items as requested and provide financial assistance for programming.

YWCA Transitional Living Program:  This program’s goal is to help women make a successful transition from abusive relationships to violence-free homes and independent lives.   Volunteers assist with child care, mentoring, and preparing welcome items.  Zonta members contribute household items as requested, and service funds help meet emergency needs of the residents.

Women with a Vision Program

In this service project, initiated in 2012, Zonta collaborates with other agencies and foundations to provide scholarships and additional support to single mothers who intend to pursue education that will empower them to enter careers that provide family sustaining wages. Zonta members are part of the candidate selection committee.

Sexual Assault Recovery Program (SARP)

This project’s goal is to help women in the aftermath of sexual assault.  Zonta members contribute toiletries as requested to help women retain & reclaim their dignity in clinical settings.

Literacy

The Janesville Literacy Connection: Club members can participate as volunteer tutors and with the annual Trivia for Literacy contest.

Fundraising

In order to support our service projects, members engage in fundraising activities. Members also track their fundraising hours during the year. Fundraising hours include time spent on the nut sale and the International Women’s Day Luncheon to raise funds in support of our service projects.

Z-Club Program

The Zonta Club of Janesville voted to assume the sponsorship of the Z-Club at Beloit Memorial High School after the Zonta Club of Beloit disbanded.  Z-Clubs must be approved annually at the school.  We stand ready to sponsor the Z-Club when it is authorized by the school.

 

Advocacy Projects:

The Zonta Club of Janesville engages in advocacy to improve the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women in our local community through projects. These include:

International Women’s Day Workshop and Advocacy at the State Capitol

To acknowledge International Women’s Day, club members will join with other Wisconsin Zonta Clubs in Madison to receive updates on issues concerning violence against women, and other legal issues affecting the status of women in Wisconsin. Zontians will learn how to approach members of the State Assembly and Senate on these issues, and will then go to the Capitol building to meet with legislators and their staff to actively engage them in discussion about women’s issues and needed legislation. The day will end with a rally in the Capitol Rotunda.

On or around International Women’s Day (March 8) club members join with other Wisconsin Zonta Clubs in Madison to receive updates on issues concerning violence against women, and other legal issues affecting the status of women in Wisconsin. Zontians learn how to approach members of the State Assembly and Senate on these issues, and will then go to the Capitol building to meet with legislators and their staff to actively engage them in discussion about women’s issues and needed legislation.

Zonta Says NO: Join the Campaign to End Violence Against Women

To support this Zonta International campaign, our local Zontians participate in and support events such as the YWCA’s “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” and a social media campaign to increase awareness of gender-based violence.

Annual International Women’s Day Luncheon

Every year, in March, the Zonta Club of Janesville hosts a luncheon to observe International Women’s Day. This is one of the club’s major events to raise funds to support our local and international service and advocacy projects.

$2500 Women with a Vision Scholarships Available

Applications for the Zonta Club of Janesville Women with a Vision Scholarship for 2021-2022 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 is for $2500 ($1250 per semester) and may be used for tuition, books, fees and equipment required for course work.

Request an application form at janesville_scholarship@zontadistrcit6.org.
Applications must be submitted by May 15, 2021.

Zonta Club of Janesville Young Women in Public Affairs Award Applications Available

Applications for the 2021 Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award are now available from the Zonta Club of Janesville by email:  janesville_scholarship@zontadistrict6.org

The goal of the Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award Program is to encourage more young women to participate in public affairs by recognizing a young woman’s commitment to the volunteer sector, evidence of volunteer leadership achievements and a dedication to the empowerment of women.

Applicants are asked to reflect on their voluntary commitment to their school and to their community and the problems limiting the empowerment of women in their own country and worldwide. The Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs Award Program looks to the young women of today for the leaders of tomorrow.

Applications are due to the Zonta Club of Janesville by email to: janesville_scholarship@zontadistrict6.org by March 25, 2021. Applicants who will be 16-19 years of age on April 1, 2021, studying at a secondary school, college or university in a Zonta district/region, or who are studying elsewhere but are citizens of a Zonta country at the time of application, are eligible to apply. The application process must start with a Zonta club and applicants must contact the Zonta club for deadline information.

The Zonta Club of Janesville makes an award of $300 to an outstanding young woman in our area and forwards her application for consideration for additional awards at the District and International levels. Local awards come from funds raised by the club through it fall nut sale and other projects.

The Zonta Club of Janesville is part of Zonta International (www.zonta.org), a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. The YWPA Award is one of many programs for women and girls sponsored by Zonta International. The Award is funded by voluntary contributions to the Zonta International Foundation Young Women in Public Affairs Award Fund.