Welcome to Zonta Club of Blackall Range Inc

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Zonta International offers a number of scholarships of two thousand dollars (US$2,000) each at the district/region level (one (1) per district/region per year). Districts/regions may also submit one applicant for consideration for an international scholarship in the amount of eight thousand dollars (US$8,000).                 In addition, the Zonta Blackall Range Club offers 2 annual study scholarships (see below)

Zonta International funded scholarships include:

-Jane M. Klausman  Women in Business-

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 6 international scholarships in the amount of US$8,000 each.  Any woman undertaking a business program at an accredited university/college/institute, including online courses, who is in at least the second year of an undergraduate program through to the final year of a Master’s program at the time the application is submitted, is eligible to apply. The Scholarship may be used at any university, college or institute offering accredited courses .  Download application form.  Applications close July 1.

-Women in Technology-

Women in Technology Scholarships are awarded to women of any age, who are pursuing a technology degree or closely related program or who are pursuing continued advancement in technology. Zonta International offers up to 32 scholarships of US$2,000 each at the district/region level and 6 international scholarships in the amount of US$8,000 each.  Women who demonstrate outstanding potential in the field are eligible to apply.  Download application form.  Applications close August 1.

-Young Women in Public Affairs-

The goal of the Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award Program is to encourage young women to participate in public affairs by recognising a commitment to the volunteer sector, evidence of volunteer leadership achievements and/or dedication to empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.  Individual scholarships are offered by  local Clubs, who then nominate their awardees for consideration at District level. Distict winners are eligle to be considered for International scholarships in this category.

In order for more women to be represented in key decision making positions worldwide, we must encourage young women to pursue careers or seek leadership positions in public policy making, government and volunteer organizations, and further their education with these aims in view. ‘Public affairs’ refers to all aspects of community life where decisions have to be made about issues that relate to and affect communities in which people work and live.  Learn more

-Amelia Earhart Fellowship-

According to Women in Aerospace, in 2010 only about 10 percent of the aerospace industry was made up of women. While the number has slowly increased, there must be reinforcements behind each step forward. To assist the future of women in aerospace-related sciences and engineering, Zonta International established the Amelia Earhart Fellowship in 1938 in honor of legendary pilot and Zontian, Amelia Earhart. Today, the Fellowship of US$10,000 is awarded annually to up to 30 talented women around the globe who are pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering.

Women of any nationality pursuing a Ph.D./doctoral degree, who demonstrate a superior academic record in the field of aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering, are encouraged to apply.  Learn more

For further information please email  scholarship@zontablackallrange.org.au

                                             Zonta Club Blackall Range  STUDY SCHOLARSHIPS

As of 2019 the Zonta Club of Blackall Range awards two annual study scholarships valued at $1500 each - one sponsored by the club directy, and the other by Maleny realtor Brandt and Bernhardt. The scholarships are awarded to female students who are in at least their second year of tertiary courses.  The application criteria include:

- Must be living in, or have come from, the area covered by the Blackall Range Zonta Club (Beerwah to Peachester, Conondale, Kenilworth, Palmwoods and Landsborough, west of the Bruce Highway, South of the Eumundi/Kenilworth Road).

- Must have commenced studying for a tertiary qualification or equivalent in an appropriate field.

- Must show that they require financial assistance to further their studies or career experience, and submit particulars of financial circumstances that demonstrate financial need.

Applications close April 30.

For further information please email scholarship@zontablackallrange.org.au

 Young Women in Public Affairs Award (YWPA)

We are pleased to announced that Faith Roach, nominated by the Zonta Club of Maroochy, has won the 2020 District 22 Young Women in Public Affairs Award.

Faith was one of 15 applicants from across the District.  Faith is currently in Year 12 at St Andrew's College, Peregian and is College Captain for 2019/2020.  A staunch environmentalist, Faith has lead many campaigns to eradicate waste in her school and community.  She hopes to study politics at university or alternatively, neuro-science. Born on the Caribbean Island of Aruba, Faith speaks four languages and continued her interest in international affairs while on exchange to Japan last year.   

We would like to thank Amelia McLarnong, YWPA District Chair, and her committee of Sandy Peters, Area 2 Director and Robin Rayner, Vice President of Hervey Bay club for giving up their time as members of the selection panel.

Faith's application will proceed to our District organisation where the successful candidate will receive an additional US$1400. From there the competition becomes worldwide with Zonta International giving 10 awards valued at US$4000 each. The volunteering experience can be in local government, student government, or workplace leadership. Applicants need to have researched the programs of Zonta International and show support for its mission for advancing the status of women.

A  major advantage in applying for the YWPA Award is the experience it gives to each young woman who must put her ideas together, tell us about her experience as a community volunteer and speak about her application. 

We encourage a young woman based on the Range, to apply for this prestigious award through our Blackall Range Club.

For further information please email scholarship@zontablackallrange.org.au



2020 STEM Scholarship winner - Georgia Siddals.

Georgia is enrolled in the Bachelor of Science at the University of Sunshine Coast with majors in Chemistry and Biomedical Science. She is a Student Leader, a  member of the Student Representative Council, and a member of the Key International Honours Society. Georgia works alongside Conservation Volunteers Australia and volunteers in the cattery at the Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge.



2020 HUMANITIES scholarship winner was Talia Rosa-Denham.

Talia is enrolled in a Bachelor of Law Degree at the University of Sunshine Coast. She is passionate about the power of law as a force for social change and  has advocated for social justice in communities around the world, includeing working as an intern at a migration firm and in Human Rights in Argentina.

Talia is the current Director of Equity and Diversity for the USC Law Student Association and has volunteered in hospitals as a medical assistant in Tanzania. 


Pictured is Talia, far right, with children in Argentina.




Talia was the guest speaker at the club's August general meeting.  President Ann Koenig  presented Talia with her $1500.00 Humanities Award. 


Talia spoke about her goals for a possible future career, following her Law degree, in the area of human rights or an international security related field.  She subsequently, 'in a leap of faith',  joined the Faculty of Law at the University of Sunshine Coast and as says,

"I realised that I can't imagine studing anything else but law".


President Koenig said, 'now I understand why our scholarship committee awarded Talia this scholarship that embodies so much of the mission of Zonta International."


Zonta International is a leading global organisation of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.


Pictured (L-R): President Ann Koenig, Talia Rosa-Denham, Scholarship Committee Chair Linda McElrea


For further information please email scholarship@zontablackallrange.org.au


Encouragement Award


The 2020 winner of the ENCOURAGEMENT Award was Eve Jorgensen


Eve is a second year student in the Bachelor of Fine Art program at Griffith University.

Before she moved to Brisbane for her studies, Eve lived in Maleny and attended Montville State School and

Maleny High School, then completed a Diploma at TAFE before progressing to university in Brisbane.


Her major practice is designing and creating jewellery which follows a traditional art form. Eve hopes to travel to Denmark to attend the Ceramic and Glass School after graduation.


Eve has been collaborating with others to set up group exhibitions.  One of these exhibitions in Brisbane raised

money for Asylumcircle, a non-profit organisation that assists refugees with basic living needs.


Eve loves to stay connected with her hinterland roots.  She attends several art workshops and uses the kiosk in

Maple Street to sell her art work. She has worked at Maple 3, Montville Coffee, Sukhothai Restaurant and the Big Pineapple. 

She hopes to upgrade her laptop with her award.


Pictured is Eve with some of her ceramics.


For further information please email scholarship@zontablackallrange.org.au




Eve attended the general meeting on the 16th of February at the Maleny Hotel and updated the members on how her

studies are going during COVID-19. 

She also spoke about her Danish heritage and the option of moving back to Denmark to further

pursue her love of Ceramic and Glass. 


Eve is in  her last year of study.  


Pictured presenting the Encouragement Award Certificate are L-R: Club President Ann Koenig, Eve Jorgensen and Scholarship Chair Linda McElrea. 



2019 STEM Scholarship Winner - Ambrosia Muir


Ambrosia is studying a Bachelor of Nursing Science in response to her passion to support those in need,

particularly in rural and remote communities. She has a strong desire to serve others, having volunteered

in India and Cambodia, with plans to work with an  international relief organisation in the future.  

In preparation for this, Ambrosia plans to study further to acquire more of the skills required to provide

health care for those who need it the most.  Ambrosia will use her scholarship funds to provide her with the necessary

tools to study and practise nursing.  


2019  HUMANITIES Scholarship Winner - Lisa McDonald                                                                     

Lisa is an experienced educator who is currently completing a Master of International Development (MID) pursuing her interest in social justice and ethical development. She is passionate about providing alternative education, especially for women and children in forced migration contexts. As part of her Masters degree, Lisa will undertake an internship, hopefully in Indonesia, where she will be able to explore opportunities to provide essential schooling for children affected by forced migration who are left without access to education. Lisa shared her vision with Zonta club members when she was presented by the President, Judith Ross-Smith, with her Scholarship.

We were all inspired by her humility, enthusiasm and dedication to assist women and children in desperate need of educational support.


Lisa attended the club's general meeting September 15, 2020 and shared with us her life journey since winning the  Humanities Sholarship.


In June 2019, I was lucky to get your scholarship.  I have finished my Masters now.  The last component allowed me to finish it.  I went to 

Indonesia to complete it.  My field is education, and I am very committed to working with indigenous people and those with forced migration.  

Lisa is now President of 'Welcome to Maleny Advocacy Group'.  The group in Maleny has been sponsoring an Indonesian refugee assisting

with basic costs for sanitary napkins which is a major issue.


Lisa will be putting out an appeal to support other women who are terribly vulnerable.


Top photo:           2019 President Judi Ross Smith presenting Lisa McDonald with her award.

Bottom photo:  2020 President Ann Koenig, Lisa McDonald and Tricia Steer.





2018 STEM Scholarship winner - Jessica Bolin


Jessica, a Bachelor of Science (Honours) student studying Marine Science, plans to present the outcome of her current honours research at the 2019 AMSA Conference and hopes to then continue on to do her PhD at USC, commencing in 2020.


Jessica hopes that her study of the dynamics of the East Australian Current will help to prevent whales from becoming entangled in shark nets.  In the future she hopes to work towards improving fisheries management in the Asia-Pacific, using her skills to improve the food security and livelihood of people in third-world coastal communities.


2018 Humanitites Scholarship winner - Natasha Healy


Natasha is studying a Bachelor of Criminology and Justice with a minor in 3D Design.  Natasha intends to apply to work for the Australian Federal Police, as well as a range of other federal agencies, as a data or intelligence analyst.  Her particular focus is on combating organised crime, specifically the drug and sex trafficking trades.


Natasha has been on placement at IDCARE and has been doing outstanding work for them.


2017 Scholarship winner -  Kirsten Grigor

Kirsten graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) in November 2017.  Soon after, she accepted a position in Roma, Queensland within adult outpatient services. Specifically, her role is in providing oedema/lymphoedema management and hand therapy services. This is a specialist area within the Occupational Therapy profession, offering many challenges and learning opportunities.

Kirsten is thoroughly enjoying her workload as well as the rural lifestyle Roma has to offer. She says that she is extremely grateful to have been the 2017 recipient of the Zonta Scholarship, which has helped to provide her with the financial support required to pursue her passion to work within a rural Queensland community.