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Zonta Club of Hilo Gives $10,000 in Scholarships and Awards

The Zonta Club of Hilo presented $10,000 in scholarships and awards at its monthly membership meeting on July 8, 2019 at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel.  This year’s cash awards were presented in memory of former Zontian Katherine Lyle, who gifted the Zonta Club of Hilo with $5,000 as part of her trust.

From Left to Right: Kathleen McGilvray (Zonta Club of Hilo Scholarship Committee Chair), Kimberley Ann Mow (Nursing Scholarship), Kaitlyn Ashida (Nursing Scholarship), Kara Yoshiyama (Young Women in Public Affairs Award), Elyse Robinson (Zonta Club of Hilo President), and Andrea Christensen (Zonta Club of Hilo Scholarship Committee Member)

We were thrilled to recognize the achievements of seven outstanding women in Hawai‘i,” said Kathleen McGilvray, Zonta Club of Hilo scholarship committee chair.

The Young Woman in Public Affairs Award 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 2019 recipient was Kara Yoshiyama, who received a $1,000 award.

The Nursing Scholarship is open to women enrolled in a nursing degree program at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo or Hawai‘i Community College.  The 2019 recipients were Kaitlyn Ashida, who received a $2,000 scholarship, and Kimberley Ann Mow, who received a $1,000 scholarship.

The Women in Technology Scholarship is open to women pursuing a technology degree or closely related program or who are pursuing continued advancement in technology.  The 2019 recipients were Lino Yoshikawa, who received a $1,500 scholarship, Nola Bonis-Ericksen, who received a $750 scholarship, and Briana Noll, who received a $750 scholarship.

The Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship is open to women of any age enrolled in at least the second year of an undergraduate program through the final year of a Master’s program in business.  The 2019 recipient was Shawna Smith, who received a $3,000 scholarship.

Winners of these awards and scholarships (except for nursing) will be advanced from the club level to compete for additional awards and scholarships at the district and international level of Zonta.

Zonta Club of Hilo is member of Zonta International, whose mission is to empower women through service and advocacy.  One hundred years ago, a small group of pioneering women came together in Buffalo, New York with a vision to help all women realize greater equality while using their individual and collective expertise in service to their community.  Their vision became Zonta International, an organization that has grown to more than 29,000 members in 63 countries, working together to make gender equality a reality for women and girls worldwide.  November 8, 2019 marks Zonta’s centennial anniversary.

For more information, visit www.zontahilo.org.