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 can 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 offers scholarships of US$10,000 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 study.  The application criteria include:

- Living in, or having 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).

- Completing at least the second year of study for a tertiary qualification or equivalent in an appropriate field.

- Requiring financial assistance to continue a course of study or career experience

- Demonstrating a commitment to furthering the interests of women and girls in the local community or further afield

Applications close April 30.

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

 Young Women in Public Affairs Award (YWPA)

2020 Award - Faith Roach, nominated by the Zonta Club of Maroochy, recieved the 2020 District 22 Young Women in Public Affairs Award.

Faith was College Captain at St Andrew's College, Peregian .  A staunch environmentalist, Faith lead many campaigns to eradicate waste in her school and community.  Born on the Caribbean Island of Aruba, Faith speaks four languages and is interested in a career in politics and foreign affairs.

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


Club Scholarship Awardee - Lulu Littler

A registered nurse, Lulu is currently compleitng a Bachelor of Midwifery at USC, with the aim of improving maternal and neonatal outcomes for indigenous women. She has also worked in disability support and completed a short course in public health in Mexico City in 2018, in addition to volunteering with organisations assisting children and local communities in India and Cambodia. Locally, Lulu assists Rosie's Friends on the Street and the Starlight Foundation.

Brandt and Bernhardt Awardee - Renee White

Renee is completing a Bachelor or Nursing Science at USC, after attaining a Diploma of Engineering Science in  2016. She has been working as a nursing assistant in aged care, but her ambition is to improve health outcomes in rural, remote and regional Australia and she is looking forward to undertaking a clinical work placement with the Royal Flying Doctor Service later this year. Renee is a charity sewer involved in projects to produce scrub caps for hospital staff, masks for aged care facilitites and cuddle hearts for the Mater Hospital.


2020 STEM Scholarship winner - Georgia Siddals.

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


2020 HUMANITIES Scholarship winner - Talia Rosa-Denham.

Talia was enrolled in a Bachelor of Law Degree at USC. 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, including working as an intern at a firm helping migrants, and in Human Rights in Argentina.

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


Talia was the guest speaker at the club's August 2020 general meeting, where she spoke about her career goals in the area of human rights or an international security related field.   


President Ann Koenig,  presenting Talia with her $1500.00 Humanities Award, said, 'now I understand why our scholarship committee selected Talia, who embodies so much of the mission of Zonta International."


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


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


2020 ENCOURAGEMENT Award winnier -  Eve Jorgensen

Eve was a second year student in the Bachelor of Fine Art program at Griffith University. She attended Montville State School and

Maleny High School, then completed a Diploma at TAFE before progressing to university in Brisbane. She designs and creates jewellery that follows a traditional art form and hoped to travel to Denmark to attend the Ceramic and Glass School after graduation.

Eve helped organise group exhibitions of student work, including a fundraiser for Asylumcircle, a non-profit organisation that assists refugees with basic living needs. She attends local Blackall Range art workshops and has used the kiosk in Maple Street to sell her art work. 

Eve attended the February general meeting February at the Maleny Hote

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

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 studied 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.  


2019  HUMANITIES Scholarship Winner - Lisa McDonald                                                                     

Lisa is an experienced educator who pursued her interest in social justice and ethical development by completing a Master of International Development (MID). She is passionate about providing alternative education, especially in indigenous communities and for women and children in forced migration contexts. As part of her Masters degree, Lisa  undertook an internship in Indonesia, to explore opportunities to provide essential schooling for children affected by forced migration and left without access to education.

Lisa attended the club's general meeting in September, 2020 to share with us her life journey since winning the  Humanities Sholarship. She is now President of the 'Welcome to Maleny Advocacy Group', which  has been assisting refugees with basic needs including sanitary napkins, which is a major issue.

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.