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 High School Students
The Club provides local scholarships specifically to Joliet area female high school 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 (link to that page). 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.
Joliet Junior College Scholarships
Established in 1996, Zonta of Joliet annually awards two scholarships to young women seeking a career in the business or professional field attending Joliet Junior College.
In 2018, the Sue Bornhofen Culinary Arts Scholarship began awarding $500 to a female student in the culinary arts, who maintains a minimum 2.50 GPA.
In 2020, Zonta Club of Joliet held the inaugural LunaFest film festival in order to raise funds to support these scholarships.
The recipients of the 2020 awards are:
Emily Cryer, a senior at Joliet Central High School is the Club’s candidate for the District 6 scholarship. She participated in many activities at Joliet Central including Fearless Females, serving as president. She participated in Band, Student Ambassadors and Student Council. She is attending the University of Illinois at Champagne Urbana.
Sylvia Guzman, a senior at Minooka Community High School. She will begin her college career at Joliet Junior College and plans to finish at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her goal is participate in the architectural program at U of I Chicago. She has worked in the restaurant industry throughout her high school experience, becoming the youngest manager at 17 at her current place of employment.
Caitlyn Wells is a soon to be junior at Joliet Township Central. She plans to pursue a career in the medical industry. She is a member of Fearless Females and Joliet Township Symphony Orchestra. Caitlyn volunteers at a local hospital to gain experience in her future profession.