Women in Business Scholarship

Jane M. Klausman

Women in Business Scholarship

jmkJane M. Klausman was a professional secretary, parliamentarian and entrepreneur. She knew the challenges faced by women pursuing careers in business and understood the importance of helping women become business leaders.

Jane M. Klausman Scholarships work to support women who demonstrate outstanding potential in business-related fields.

Applicants apply to their local Zonta Club. Club winners progress to District Level, then to International Level. Twelve women will be chosen to receive the $5,000 Zonta International Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarships.

The scholarships may be used at any college, university, or institution for the third or fourth year of study in an accredited program which will result in a business-related degree


Application Process

The Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship program operates at the club, district/region and international levels of Zonta International. To apply, please contact the Zonta club nearest you. Please note that applicants may not apply to more than one Zonta district. Applicants must be nominated by a local Zonta club. Applications selected by Zonta clubs are sent to the respective Zonta governor/regional representative. A district/region evaluating committee selects one applicant per district/region to submit to Zonta International Headquarters. The Zonta International Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship Committee selects 12 international recipients from the district/region applicants.



The 2017 Deadline will be posted when it has been established by Zonta International.  Application deadline is April 14, 2017.

Please send applications by 11:00 p.m., PST, to:

Cheryl Wasserman

28097 River Trail Lane

Santa Clarita, CA  91354


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2016 Winner - Women in Business Scholarship

This year's winner of the $2,000 local Jane M. Klausman scholarship is Mariana Gaviria, originally from Bogota, Colombia, and currently a senior at Woodbury University, where she is working toward a bachelor's degree in business management. She has received a number of awards and honors during her academic career, including graduation summa cum laude from Los Angeles City College, and valedictorian at Full Sail University, which she attended from 2009 to 2010.

She is currently president of Business and Professional Women of Woodbury, and served that organization as event coordinator from 2014 to 2016. She founded the Green Club while at Full Sail. She has worked for several years at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles and currently is the group's event specialist.

Her motto in life is "Don't be a person of success, be a person of value," a quote originally attributed to Albert Einstein. "I live by the understanding that we must be the change we wish to see," she continued. Her current goal is to complete her bachelor's degree and apply her specialized training in organization and production management to a challenging career path that will allow her to devote her skills to organizing events that make lasting, life-changing memories for people.

She will use her Zonta scholarship to complete her final semester at Woodbury University. The grant will allow her co complete her studies without struggling to pay tuition. She feels the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree will provide the essential tools to succeed as an entrepreneur, a leader, and a woman in the global arena.