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Young Women in Public Affairs Award

The goal of the Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award Program is to honor young women of age 16 to 19 who demonstrate a commitment to leadership in public policy, government, and volunteer organizations.

The competition begins at the local level with each Zonta Club eligible to nominate one candidate for the District award by submitting the application to the District Governor by April 1st. In District 4, the District winner receives $1,500 US, and the opportunity to compete for one of ten Zonta International awards of $4,000 US. Young women interested in this award programme should contact their local Zonta Club for instructions on how to apply.

The form may be downloaded and printed from the Zonta International web site: www.Zonta.org

Contact your nearest Zonta Club or the Awards Office of your college or university for more information.

Meet Our 2018 District 4 YWPA Winner
Sanah Handu

Sanah Handu has always lived by the rule of doing to others as you wish they would do unto you. This mentality has encouraged her to lead an active role and participate in many volunteer and extracurricular opportunities such as volunteering in cancer institutes, teaching robotics to intercity students, and working in ambulances as an emergency medical technician. “The honor of being recognized for my achievements by Zonta encourages me to move beyond the surface opportunities presented to me.”

Her experiences as an EMT affirmed her resolve to improve the quality of life for all people. She wishes to pursue a major in Biology, minoring in  computer-integrated surgery. This would allow her to pursue a future as a trauma surgeon post-medical school. Additionally, she hopes to volunteer as a physician with Doctors Without Borders and the World Health Organization, to push for a close in the disparity of global health.

One of Sanah’s teachers writes: “Sanah is, without question, one of the most exceptional young women I have worked with at Peters Township High School. Her leadership skills, motivation and thoughtful dedication to public service have made a significant and lasting positive impact on our school and local community. Sanah Handu makes a difference in the lives around her and for this, she is truly deserving of the Young Women in Public Affairs Award.“



Winners of the Young Women in Public Affairs Award and sponsoring Zonta Club

2018 Sanah Handu, Zonta Club of Washington County, PA
2017 Eva Wanyu Ren, Zonta Club of St. Catharines, ON (also an  International winner)
2016 Karen Hakim, Zonta Club of Kitchener-Waterloo, ON
2015 Alexandria Iwanenko, Zonta Club of Hamburg-Orchard Park, NY
2014 Christina Weber, Zonta Club of St. Catharines, ON
2013 Soumitri Barua, Zonta Club of Olean, NY (also an International winner)
2012 Wendy Liao, Zonta Club of Toronto, ON (also an  International winner)
2011 Hannah Nicholls-Harrison, Zonta Club of Owen Sound, ON
2010 Bethany Saul, Zonta Club of Hamburg-Orchard-Park, NY (also an International winner)
2009 Jillian Meyers, Zonta Clubs of Hamilton 1 and 2, ON
2008 Katrin Sawatzky, Zonta Club of Kitchener-Waterloo, ON
2007 Kathleen Simon, Zonta Club of Olean, NY
2006 Lyndsay Crump, Zonta Club of St. Catharines, ON  (also an International winner)
2005 Gillian S Hawley, Zonta Club of Batavia, NY
2004 Sara Mojtehedzadeh, Zonta Club of Guelph, ON
2003 Jennifer Hustwit, Zonta Club of Kitchener-Waterloo, ON
2002 Katherine Hui, Zonta Clubs of Hamilton 1 and 2, ON (also an International winner)
2001 Jennifer Sloane, Zonta Club of Kitchener-Waterloo,ON
2000 Phoebe Smith, Zonta Club of St. Catharines, ON
1999 Teresa Chan, Zonta Club of Niagara Falls, ON
1998 Beata Moninca Gomulak, Zonta Club of Erie, PA
1997 Praseedha Janakarim, Zonta Club of Guelph, ON
1996 Emily Suzanne Hanlin, Zonta Club of Jamestown, NY
1995 Laura Zilney, Zonta Club of Kitchener-Waterloo, ON
1994 Jill Carter, Zonta Club of Kitchener-Waterloo, ON
1993 Judith Syme Parker, Zonta Club of Niagara Falls, ON (also an International winner)
1992 Laurie Anne Halfpenny, Zonta Club of Guelph, ON

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