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Each year the Zonta Club of Joliet Area offers various scholarships to local young women at area high schools in collaboration with Zonta International.  Scholarships include:


Local Scholarships Benefitting Joliet Area Students

The Club provides local scholarships specifically to Joliet area female high school and community college students wishing to better their future by pursuing a college degree. 

Scholarships for Senior High School Female Students
Three $1000 scholarships are awarded annually to female students in Joliet area high schools for college expenses via the Young Women Public Affairs Scholarship. Students must apply for the scholarships and are selected by the Zonta Joliet Club’s Scholarship Committee. Each applicant is evaluated based on academics, service and their future career plans. Winners of the local scholarships have the opportunity to be eligible for district scholarships as well. 

2022 Awards

The recipients of the 2022 awards are: 

Maya McGrew, a December 2021 graduate of Minooka Community High School. Maya will be going to Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington to study psychology. She hopes to become a Physician's Assistant, with a speciality in psychiatry/addiction medicine and then work in law enforcement as a forensic psychologist. In high school she has been active in the Interact Club, Allies in Diversity, and the Pre-Med Club. She volunteers at the Northern Illinois Food Bank and Amita Health.


Amelia Dubs, who will graduate from Joliet West High School this spring. She plans to go to North Central College in Naperville and eventually get a Master's degree in either sociology or criminal justice. She currently works part-time at Alden Estates in Shorewood. At Joliet Township West, she is a drum major with the band. She is a member of the National Honor Society, tutors other students, and helps out in the library. She is active in her church and volunteers at Morningstar Mission, Northern Illinois Food Bank, and Riverwalk Homes.


The recipients of the 2021 awards are:

Mikaila Flagg, a recent graduate of Minooka Community High School. Mikaila has been accepted by Loyola University in Chicago where she plans to major in political science. 

Theresa Rincker graduated from Lincoln-Way East High School and plans to attend the University of California at San Diego where she will major in political science. While in high school she was team captain for the Chicago Fury Ice Hockey team, played jazz guitar and piano, sang in Madrigals, and was an officer in the International Club. In addition to these activities, she has volunteered at an immigrant and refugee ministry tutoring students whose primary language was not English, served in her school's Student Government simulation, participated in the Frankfort Black Lives Matter event, was a state representative for a national advocacy project that worked to secure rights for survivors of sexual harassment and violence, and finally volunteered at a food pantry in Chicago's Back of the Yards neighborhood.

Rebecca Janovsky is a graduate of Joliet West High School and will attend North Park University in Chicago where she will major in chemistry. While in high school she volunteered at a children's camp, was president of a drug-prevention club, and participated in music activities.

Joliet Junior College Scholarships
Endowed and established in 1996, the Zonta Club of the Joliet Area Scholarship annually awards two scholarships of $800-$900 to two young women seeking a career in the business or professional field attending Joliet Junior College. 

In 2018, the Sue Bornhofen Culinary Arts Annual Scholarship began awarding  $500 to a female student in the culinary arts, who maintains a minimum 2.50 GPA.

In 2020, Zonta Club of the Joliet Area held the inaugural LunaFest film festival in order to raise funds to support these scholarships at Joliet Junior College.

2021 Awards

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