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Perth College Year 12 student Samantha Hackman has won the 2018 Zonta Club of Perth Northern Suburbs’ $1,000 ‘Young Women in Public Affairs Award’.  A cheque and certificate were presented at a lavish dinner for 92 at ‘Ambrose Estate’ Wembley on 5 September.  Western Australian law firm Kott Gunning has been a Gold Sponsor of the Awards since 2012.

Samantha has already shown great leadership, educating and assisting her peers about mental health. She believes mental health should be treated as a comma and not a full-stop as life should go on with time, support and treatment.

On the world stage she is a member of the United Nations’ Youth West Australia and has been selected to represent this State in Adelaide. “I am very excited to have the opportunity to discuss adult issues at the Conference”, she said.

Samantha believes that women should look out for each other.  She added, “Women are bombarded by social media with societal expectations.  Women need to lead by example and not worry about ‘fitting in’ or ‘how they look’. Our priority should be integrity of character and what one stands for.”

In her ideal world Samantha would like to volunteer her services to the developing world to help advance sustainable agriculture.  She would like to complete a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Sciences, International Relations and Agricultural Sciences.

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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.