2018 YWPA Applications NOW CLOSED.  

    • To Download ‘Application Form’ click here

      NB: Applications closing date – 30th May 2018

    • To Download ‘Information for saving an application and forms’ click here

Watch the video presented by Maddy Barrett (2017 YWPA winner) explaining
how easy it is to apply for this award and the process involved.

YWPA – Young Women in Public Affairs Award – 2017 finalists

Extraordinary young women: Katrina Welch, from sponsors Kott Gunning, with Young Women in Public Affairs finalists Sarah Soon, Maddy Barrett and Alexandra Robinson. Maddy Barrett was named 2017 YWPA Winner. Read more here.

PAST WINNERS LIST – click here

Past winners discuss what winning YWPA means to them.


Award description

Zonta International believes that young women are the key to women’s advancement in the field of public service. ZI offers the Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award, which recognizes young women, ages 16-19, for demonstrating leadership skills and commitment to public service and civic causes, and encourages them to continue their participation in public and political life.

The program operates at the Zonta club, district/region and international levels. Zonta clubs provide awards for club recipients, and district/region and international awards are funded by the Zonta International Foundation. District recipients receive US$1,500, and 10 international recipients are selected from the district/region recipients to receive awards of US$4,000 each.


Women, ages 16-19 on 1 April each year, living in a Zonta district/region, or a citizen of a Zonta country, who demonstrate evidence of the following, are eligible to apply.

  • Active commitment to volunteerism.
  • Experience in local government, student government, or workplace leadership (paid or unpaid).
  • Volunteer leadership achievements.
  • Knowledge of Zonta International and its programs.
  • Support in Zonta International’s mission of empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.