Academic Year 2023 - 2024
This year, we awarded scholarships totaling $69,500 to nineteen recipients.
Five awards were given through the Undergraduate Scholarship program, thirteen awards through the Edith SeVille Coale Medical Scholarship program, and one award through the Virginia Longest Nursing Scholarship program. News Release - Scholarships 2023 awards
Past Scholarship Awards
The Zonta Club of Washington, D.C., has a long history and strong commitment of supporting women in their educational pursuits. In 1923 the Club contributed funds to help several young women finish high school. During 1924-25 the project was expanded and turned into a permanent club project, initially in the form of loans, for women pursuing higher education and preparing them for business and professional careers.
Over the ensuing years, the "loans" developed into the Zonta Club of Washington, D.C. Undergraduate Scholarship program and has awarded over $650,000 in grant scholarship assistance to women attending DC-area educational institutions. Such grants support undergraduate women pursuing or planning to pursue a degree in areas such as but not limited to business, engineering, healthcare, mathematics, education, technology or the sciences (social or basic). The Club also grants awards through the Edith SeVille Coale Medical Scholarship and the Virginia Longest Nursing Scholarship programs.
Established in 1965, the Edith SeVille Coale Medical Scholarship program was funded by a bequeath from Dr. Coale, a medical practitioner in Washington, D.C. who served as the Club's President in 1933-34. Scholarships are awarded to women medical students entering their second and third year of medical school. Since 1965, this program has awarded over $1.3 million to scholarship recipients.
The Virginia Longest Nursing Scholarship, named for its benefactor, a former nursing executive and club member, was established in 2005. Since then, more than $48,500 has been awarded to support women pursuing nursing faculty Doctoral or Master's Degree education programs at The Catholic University of America Conway School of Nursing.
Each November, we hold a Scholarship Dinner inviting the current year scholarship recipients to attend and give a brief speech about themselves. Below is a video produced in 2011 which talks about the Club's scholarship programs and includes speeches from scholarship recipients.