Irina Rhatz Wins Women in Business Scholarship 2019

Irina is in her first year of graduate school of Business at CSU Northridge. She will be receiving her master’s in Professional Accountancy in August of 2020. She has won various prestigious Educational Achievement Awards in Accounting and has been on the Dean Honor List several times.

She was motivated to go into accounting when she moved from Russia to the United States. She received her undergraduate degree in business from Santa Monica College.  She began teaching General Office and Bookkeeping classes at Community Educational College, an accredited non-profit vocational school. She was the first teacher for the program that had created a variety of instructional materials for the accounting and QuickBooks courses. Her experience as a teacher made her fall in love with accounting. After raising her family, she went back to school to seek her masters.  Her goal is to become a CPA and continue teaching accounting to underprivileged students.

Irina Rhatz, our Club awardee was not able to attend our Award Event because she is currently finishing a project and preparing for finals. She will have the opportunity to be considered for a $2,000 award at the District level and potentially progress to ZI for consideration of one of six awards at $8,000 each.


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 Scholarships are awarded to women undertaking business studies who have demonstrated outstanding potential in the field. Zonta International offers up to 32 scholarships of US$2,000 each at the district/region level and six international scholarships in the amount of US$8,000 each. Any woman undertaking a business program at an accredited university/college/institute, including online students, in at least thesecond year of an undergraduate program through the final year of a Master’s program at the time the application issubmitted, is eligible to apply. The Scholarship may be used at any university, college or institute offering accredited courses and degrees.

Women of any age, pursuing a business program with major field of specialization in accounting, finance, business management, marketing, operations management, human resources management, international business, or entrepreneurship at an accredited university/college/institute, who demonstrate outstanding potential in the field and are living or studying in a Zonta district/region, are eligible. Online students are also eligible to apply if enrolled at an accredited university/college/institute.

Students must be enrolled in at least the second year of an undergraduate program through the final year of a Master's program at the time the application is submitted to the local Zonta club. Applicants must be in school at the time the scholarship funds are disbursed and must not graduate before December 2019. Previous International Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship recipients may not apply to renew the Scholarship for a second year.


We will not be offiering this scholarlship in 2020. Watch here for information about 2021 application