WOMEN IN STEM SCHOLARSHIP
In 2019 and 2021, Zonta International was pleased to support the Zonta International Women in Technology Scholarships to encourage women to pursue education, career opportunities and leadership roles in information technology. In June 2022, the Zonta International membership voted to continue the program with an expanded focus on all STEM fields, not only technology. With this change, the Zonta International Board approved a name change and will offer the Zonta International Women in STEM Scholarship for the third cycle of the scholarship program.
The program operates at the Zonta club, district/region and international levels. Each Zonta district/region may submit one applicant for consideration for an international scholarship. A single candidate from each of Zonta’s 31 districts and one region will receive an award of US$5,000 from Zonta International.
Women of any age and nationality pursuing a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) degree program 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 April 2024.
Previous district and international Women in Technology Scholarship recipients may not apply for the Women in STEM Scholarship.
Club members and individuals with direct membership with Zonta International and employees of Zonta International and Zonta Foundation for Women, and their family members (ancestors, descendants, adoptees, siblings, nieces or cousins, and those of their spouse or co-habiting partner), are not eligible to apply for the Scholarship.
Golden Z club members are eligible to apply.
Applicants from geographic areas within a Zonta district/region where no clubs are located will be considered and are eligible to apply for the international scholarships via a Zonta district/region.
APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE
The application process must start with a Zonta District 4 club. All application materials must be received at a Zonta club by the deadline printed on the application. If you downloaded the application from the Zonta International website, you must contact a Zonta club for deadline information. If the Zonta club contact information is not printed on the application, please locate the Zonta club nearest you by using the Club Locator, or email your name and contact information to Zonta District 4 Awards Committee at [email protected].
Applicants from geographic areas within a Zonta District 4 where no clubs are located will be considered and are eligible to apply for the international scholarships via a Zonta district/region.
Women in STEM Scholarships are made possible by generous contributions to the Rose Fund from Zontians, Zonta clubs and friends of Zonta.
WOMEN IN STEM Resources
2023 STEM Scholarship Description
2023 Women in STEM Scholarship Recommendation Letter Form
2023 Women in STEM Scholarship Verification of Enrollment
JMK Sample News Release Announcing Applications
ZI February 2022 DOC
JMK Sample News Release Announcing Recipients
ZI February 2021 DOC
Former Women in Technology (WIT) District 4 Scholarship 2020 Winner
Lindsey Tulloch, WIT recipient 2020
Pursuing a master’s degree in computer science, University of Waterloo, Canada
Holds bachelor’s degrees in computer science, Brock University, Canada, and psychology, Queen’s University, Canada
Lindsey Tulloch is pursuing her master’s degree in computer science, exploring privacy-enhancing technologies—specifically, enhancements to The Onion Router (Tor), a well-known alternative browser that provides anonymous and private internet connections through an overlay network that uses perfect forward secrecy and rendezvous points to connect with hidden servers. Privacy is recognized as a fundamental human right by the UN Declaration of Human Rights and underpins human dignity and essential freedoms. Lindsey is a firm believer in the importance of creating accessible tools to protect the privacy of journalists, activists, dissidents and marginalized individuals living under oppressive regimes from grave danger.
Before entering her master’s program, Lindsey undertook research in the field of bioinformatics and presented her findings at the IEEE International Conference on Computational Intelligence in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology in Manchester in 2017 and was nominated for the best paper award. During her co-op at Red Hat, she worked on an open-source container orchestration tool and presented some of this work at the Red Hat Summit in San Francisco as well as at Kubecon CloudNativecon in Copenhagen in 2018 and Barcelona in 2019.
Throughout her academic career and beyond, Lindsey has stepped up to support those with less experience or greater barriers to success. She has run events and workshops to help students learn important industry skills that are not typically taught in classes and she organized the first group for Women in Computer Science at Brock University with the intention of creating a supportive space for gender minority students to share experiences and opportunities.