Young Women in Public Affairs Award for All Young Females Worldwide

The Young Women in Public Affairs Award recognizes young women, ages 16 to 19, who demonstrate superior leadership skills and a commitment to public service and civic causes. The scholarship is meant to encourage the awarded women to continue their participation in public and political life.

Scholarship Summary  
|Level: Postgraduate (Masters) |Institution(s): Partner Institutions
|Location:  Any |Field(s): Public Affairs
|Target: All |Deadline(s): 1 May, 2017

The Young Women in Public Affair Award (YWPA)is provided by Zonta International. Established in 1990 by past international president Leneen Forde, the Young Women in Public Affairs Award honors young women who demonstrate a commitment to leadership in public policy, government and volunteer organizations.

The program is operated by the Zonta club at district/region and international levels. Zonta clubs provide the awards for club recipients. Applications for the 2017 YWPA Award are invited from women world over.

Ten (10) international scholarships and up to 32 district/region scholarships are awarded each year. The award is a one-off financial aid. District recipients receive US$1,000 each, while international recipients are selected from the district/region recipients and receive awards of US$4,000 each.


The Young Women in Public Affair Award is meant for women of any nationality who are student of age 16-19, studying and living, or working in a Zonta district/region. Note that applicants from geographic areas where no clubs are located will be considered and also eligible for the District/Region Award. Generally, applicants must meet the following conditions:

  • Show active commitment to volunteerism
  • Have experience in local or student government
  • Demonstrate volunteer leadership achievements
  • Show knowledge of Zonta International and its programs
  • Participate in advocating Zonta International’s mission of advancing the status of women worldwide

How to apply for the Young Women in Public Affairs Award for All Young Females Worldwide

Applications must start with a Zonta club, and must be received at a Zonta club by the printed deadline. Zonta clubs select one application to send to the district governor/region representative. A district/region evaluating committee reviews the applications and selects one applicant per district/region to submit to Zonta International Headquarters. The Zonta International YWPA Award Committee recommends ten international recipients from the district/region applications to the Zonta International Board. After approval by the Zonta International Board, the Zonta International Foundation provides awards and certificates to the district/region, and international recipients.

Endeavour to read the 2017 YWPA Award, and also visit the scholarship announcement page for further information on YWPA and how to apply.

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