Young Women In Public Affairs Award

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 international awards are funded by the Zonta Foundation for Women.  Club winners are sent to our District 23 and, if selected, will be sent to international.   Of the 37 international recipients selected from each Zonta district/region, these recipients will receive an award of US$5,000 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.

Angela Pham (Warwick Senior High School) (left)
Rebecca Schwarz (Carmel School) (middle)
Jasmina Nikolovski (Duncraig Senior High School) (right)

PAST WINNERS LIST – click here