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While women make up nearly 50% of the global workforce; gender equality in senior management and corporate boardrooms around the world has yet to be attained. A survey by Catalyst (an organization devoted to increasing the number of women on boards and in corner suites), says that women hold only 4.2% of the CEO positions and 19.2% of board seats at S&P 500 companies.
Zonta International established the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship to provide financial assistance to young women who are interested in climbing the corporate ladder. There are 12 international scholarships of $7,000 US each and up to 32 district/region scholarships of $1,000 US awarded each year, along with a $1,000 scholarship from the Zonta Club of Halifax.
Women studying in an accredited business or business-related program at any of our Nova Scotian universities can apply for this scholarship through the Halifax club. The deadline for applications is April 30 of every year and the winner receives her scholarship at the annual Zonta fundraising dinner in May.
The Zonta Club of Halifax began in 1951, with Dr. Helen Creighton as its first president. The club supports a number of local charities, provides two other financial awards for women (and award for women returning to school at the community-college level and the Young Women in Public Affairs Award for high-school students). In the past three years, two high-school winners from Halifax have been among 10 young women around the world to receive the international award.
For more information on the club and its work, surf to zontahalifax.org.