Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA)

Young Women in Public Affairs

SCHOLARSHIP DESCRIPTION  The goal of the Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Program is to encourage more young women to participate in public affairs by recognizing a commitment to the volunteer sector, evidence of volunteer leadership achievements and a dedication to the advancement of the status of women.

In order for more women to be represented in key decision making positions worldwide, we must encourage young women to pursue careers, or seek leadership positions in public policy making, government and volunteer organizations and further their education with these aims in view.

Public affairs refer to all aspects of community life where decisions have to be made about issues which relate to and affect those communities in which they work and live.

The Awards

Zonta Clubs usually provide awards for Club recipients. District recipients receive US$1,000. Five International recipients are selected from the District recipients to receive awards of US$3,000 each. District and International awards are funded by the Zonta International Foundation.

Who is Eligible?

Women of age 16-19 and living or studying in a Zonta district/region at the time the application is submitted to the district and demonstrate evidence of the following, are eligible to apply.

  • 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.

If you are interested…

More information on this scholarship is available on the Zonta International Website at

If you would like to apply for the scholarship through the Zonta Club of Lincoln, download the YWPA application, and mail to:

Jeanie Beccue – Chairman
Zonta Club of Lincoln, Scholarship Committee
10 Lamplighter Circle
Mt. Pulaski, IL 62548
Phone#: (217) 792-5966

Completed application and references must be received by Saturday, March 14, 2020.