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Scholarships & Awards

Jane M. Klausman Women In Business Scholarship

Women have made great strides in the pursuit of education, careers and leadership roles they were once denied; however, today, women are still more likely to be pouring the coffee in global boardrooms than sitting on the boards. In 2012, women held only 18.1% of the senior officer positions at Financial Post 500 companies and 6.9 % of senior officer top earner positions at public companies according to the 2012 Catalyst Census. The Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship program helps women pursue undergraduate and master's degrees in business management and overcome gender barriers from the classroom to the boardroom. Since the program’s inception, Zonta has awarded 357 scholarships to women from 47 countries.

Established in 1998 from a generous bequest by Jane M. Klausman, a member of the Zonta Club of Syracuse, New York, the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship is awarded annually to women pursuing undergraduate or Master's degrees in business management.

The Zonta Club of Denver will award a scholarship of $1,500 for the 2014-2015 academic year to the successful applicant. The club scholarship recipient also will be entered to win two scholarships totaling $1,500 ($500 from District 12 and $1,000 from Zonta International) awarded at the district level and one of 12 international scholarships in the amount of $7000 each. The Zonta Club of Denver is in Zonta International’s District 12, comprising 20 clubs in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, and South Dakota. The scholarships may be used for tuition, books, or living expenses at any university, college, or institution offering accredited business courses and degrees.


Women pursuing a business or business-related degree who demonstrate outstanding potential in the field are eligible. Online students are also eligible. Members and employees of Zonta International or the Zonta International Foundation are not eligible.


The Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship program operates at the club, district and international levels of Zonta International. To apply, please complete the application and submit it via email to: scholarships@zonta-denver.org.

Verification of enrollment must be sent by mail to:

Zonta Club of Denver
Attention: Nancy McWhirter
Address PO Box 2665
Denver, CO 80201


Applications must be completed and received no later than May 8, 2015.

2014 Scholarship Winner, Autymn DeWolfe

AutymnAutymn DeWolfe says, in describing her educational journey, "in order to know where you are going, you have to know where you have been." The places that Autymn has been have given her a test in economy, a glimpse of the world from an important teacher, and a lesson in leadership from a little pink hardhat. Autymn grew up in a rural town north of Denver with her family living just above the poverty line.

Early in her life her vision of what was possible for her was narrow considering her family’s limited resources. That changed in junior high school when one special teacher arranged an opportunity for her to participate in a six-week summer program in Trinidad, Colorado, called Upward Bound Math Science. She met young intelligent students from all over Colorado who were excited about their futures. That summer transformed her view of education and gave her new strength and determination.

After high school graduation, Autymn worked for several commercial construction companies, including The Weitz Company, where she was paired with outstanding managers who recognized her talent and potential. She worked her way into project management. Because of her youth and gender she was sometimes not taken seriously on large-scale construction projects. She added a pink hardhat to her wardrobe to help bridge the gender gap. She also learned a powerful lesson in leadership—levity is often as important as strength when working with people.

Autymn graduated in December 2014 with her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and is eager to experience different cultures and perspectives. She also wants the opportunity to pay forward the mentorship and leadership that was given to her by helping other women navigate the field of project management in business.

2013 Scholarship Winner, Camille Shortridge

Camille Shortridge is majoring in Business Administration / International Business at the University of Denver Daniels College of Business and due to graduate in 2014. Camille resides in Denver and is a citizen of the U.S. and France. Camille's academic goal is to graduate from DU with a degree concentrating in international business. Following graduation her goal is to live and work abroad with an international organization that aims to connect developed and less developed nations through business transactions. As a woman striving to work in the international business industry, Camille plans to use her abilities to influence and create the change that is needed in the international community in order to help less developed countries reach a higher global standard.

Camille ShortridgeDuring the summer of 2013 Camille gained additional international experience by participating in the University of Denver's competitive Bosnia and Herzegovina "Moving Forward" International Service Learning Program. The program took her to Sarajevo for two months as an intern for an international non-profit that works with global business standards and solutions. Given that Bosnia and Herzegovina's economy is still hindered from the Bosnian War of 1992, this is a project that will help further develop their economic system and the opportunities for all of its citizens, especially women.

Camille has paid for her own education at DU by working part time during school, plus income from scholarships and loans. A faculty recommendation for Camille describes her as exceptionally bright, seriously compassionate, and thoroughly professional. Her work supervisor at DU's Student Life Center describes her as outstanding with exemplary personal character, commitment, and positive attitude, in addition to providing excellent customer service and rapport with customers and co-workers. Camille has also dedicated much of her co-curricular time helping others by volunteering in the community for Habitat for Humanity, Invisible Children, Food Bank of the Rockies, The Delores Project, Junior Achievement, and others. She is fluent in French and English.

2012 Scholarship Winner, Jiwei Gu

Jiwei GuJiwei Gu was chosen as the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship recipient. She is a first generation immigrant from China who came to the U.S. five years ago. It is her goal to graduate from the University of Denver with both a Finance and International Business major along with a Business Ethics and Legal Studies minor. She is enthusiastic about getting into the financial industry and doing business internationally. Jiwei would like to find a niche in the market that will allow her to combine her legal and finance background in business.

Ms. Gu, who was born and raised in China, also has a goal of gaining experience in the global business world to start a social enterprise that allows her to utilize her expertise to help end the “lost girls” tragedy in China and to get more girls into school in other Asian countries that have similar social issues.

2011 Scholarship Winner, Georgina White

Georgina White

Georgina White obtained her undergraduate degree in international business in France, and won the Zonta Club of Denver 2011 Jane M. Klausman Scholarship while seeking her master’s in finance at the University of Colorado at Denver.
Georgina had been involved in many volunteer activities and wanted to make a difference in the lives of people who do not have access to financial services. She had heard of a woman in Haiti who had two mango trees on her dry field and could not make a living from her production because she didn’t have the money to construct a canal for irrigation. Giving the Haitian woman access to a $2,000 loan could improve her well-being and have a long-term positive impact on the Haitian economy. Georgina felt that this story is just one of many and, as a result, she chose to pursue a master’s degree in finance. She believed that financial institutions engaging in this issue will improve their image, bring about change, and significantly impact the world economy and the lives of millions.

Following her graduation, Georgina worked in Frankfurt, Germany, for the European Central Bank on a short-term contract. She was then offered a position at ProCredit Holding, a group of 21 banks operating in transition economies and developing countries in Eastern Europe, Latin America and Africa. Its core business is the provision of credit and other banking services to very small, small and medium-sized enterprises and lower and middle income savers who have previously had limited access to formal financial services. She remains committed to assisting the underserved.

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