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Scholarships

2014 Scholarship RecipientThe Zonta Club of Yakima Valley awards a Young Women in Public Affairs Scholarship each spring to a senior girl from one of the Yakima Valley high schools. We have been awarding this scholarship since 1997.

Young Women in Public Affairs

In January each year, Zonta Club of Yakima Valley begins accepting applications for the local Zonta scholarship, through the Young Women in Public Affairs program. This scholarship of $2,000 is given to one outstanding senior girl from one of the Yakima Valley high schools each spring. The money may be applied to studies at any community college or four year college.

Award description

Though about 40 percent of the world’s workforce is women, according to data from the Inter-Parliamentary Union, only 22.7 percent of all national parliamentarians were female as of 1 June 2016. Because Zonta International believes that young women are the key to women’s advancement in the field of public service, it 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. The winner of the Yakima Club scholarship will be forwarded to the District level to compete further for the District scholarship of US$1,000.

Eligibility

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.

Applicants from geographic areas within a Zonta district/region where no clubs are located will be considered and eligible to apply for the district/region Award.

Application process

The application must start with a Zonta club. All application materials must be received at a Zonta club by the deadline, March 1, 2017. The recipient of the Yakima Valley Zonta Club Scholarship is also entered in a competition for the District 8 scholarship which is for $1,000.

Checklist to be completed by applicant:

  • Verification of current enrollment by school/institute official
  • Letter from Employer stating employment (if applicable)
  • Completed application materials, typed in English
  • Two confidential recommendations with signatures
  • Applicant’s Signature (original signature required or application can't be considered)

The Zonta Scholarship Committee sends letters to the counseling office of each local high school, encouraging them to get the word out to their seniors. Applicants are screened by a committee of Zonta members who are provided with specific criteria to assist in the consistent evaluations of the responses to the written questions.

Download the 2017 Scholarship Application word file MS Word version  pdf file PDF version

Deadline for submission of the 2017 applications (for fall 2017 admissions) is March 1st, 2017.


McKenna KappenmanStatus of Women Scholarship Recipients

McKenna Kappenman - 2017 Young Women in Public Affairs Scholarship Recipient

The Zonta Club of Yakima Valley has chosen McKenna Kappenman as the winner of the 2017, Young Women in Public Affairs Award, in the amount of $2,000.  McKenna is a senior at A.C. Davis High School where she is also an International Baccalaureate student and ASB President.  McKenna was selected on her leadership role, her student and community service and her views on the status of women in our country and worldwide.

As a freshman, McKenna was awarded the Microsoft Certification for her production of the first of four major video productions.  Her Junior and Senior year, she has been a Link Crew Commissioner who helped plan freshman orientation.

As Co-President of Northwest Harvest Teenboard, McKenna helped lead the meetings, set up the agenda and took the lead in contacting the necessary people for the food drive events.
The past two summers McKenna volunteered at Younglife Camps.  She led Younglife Capernaum; Younglife for kids with special needs.  It was through Younglife that McKenna met students from other countries.  Those relationships led her to Younglife International.

On January 21, 2017, McKenna was empowered by her participation in the Women’s March.  “It was amazing to peacefully protest with and for women and to show the world that we would not take opposition lightly,” she wrote.

McKenna plans to attend a four year university this fall to study Pre-Law and, or Political Science and minor in Spanish.  She is the daughter of Cyndi Kappenman and Kyle Kappenman.

 

Mariana Renteria-Hernandez

Mariana Renteria-Hernandez - 2016 Young Women in Public Affairs Scholarship Recipient

Mariana Renteria Hernandez, a senior at Eisenhower High School, was awarded the $2,000 Young Women in Public Affairs Scholarship by the Zonta Club of Yakima Valley. Mariana was selected for her leadership skills, community services and her desire to improve the status of women worldwide.

Mariana is the head coordinator and founder of the “Run for Hope” 5K which raised money to for the Yakima Youth Suicide Prevention Center and the Seattle National Association on Mental Illness. Mariana will pursue a career in psychology and non-profit leadership which will focus on mental health awareness and creating affordable programs for victims of human trafficking and youth in low income communities.

Mariana hosted a mental awareness month at her school and found that at least one student was helped through the program. Mariana also coordinated the Mr. Ike Pageant for Children’s Village for special needs children which raised $21,000. She has been a Children’s Village mentor and works with special needs children. Other activities that Mariana has been a part of is Northwest Harvest, Salvation Army, and community programs such as raking leaves.

 


Samantha Valdez

Samantha Valdez - 2015 Young Women in Public Affairs Scholarship Recipient

The scholarship committee met on March 24th and selected Samantha Valdez as our 2015 YWPA Winner.  Samantha is an International Baccalaureate senior at A C Davis High School.  She was selected for her leadership, student and community service and international awareness for improving the lives of women. Samantha is a correspondent for the Yakima Herald-Republic’s Unleashed supplement and President of Davis Interact club. She is vice president of her senior class. Samantha has organized food drives for the Union Gospel Mission and has led the 5K “Walk for Water” to raise money and awareness towards the need for fresh drinking water in third-world nations. She is also a Young Life student leader.

In 2014, Samantha traveled to Holland right after the downing of Flight #MH17.  She interviewed the Dutch people, visited the memorial of flowers and witnessed the impact that event had on its citizens.  It was that experience that led Samantha to want to be a journalist.  She plans to attend the University of Washington. Samantha is the daughter of Adam and Julie Valdez.  She lives in Yakima. 

 


Lily O’Connor Awarded $2,000 Young Women in Public Affairs Scholarship 2014

Lily O’Connor - 2014 Young Women in Public Affairs Scholarship Recipient

Lily O’Connor, senior at LaSalle High School, was awarded the $2,000 Young Women in Public Affairs Scholarship by Zonta Club of Yakima Valley. She was selected for her leadership, student and community services and her views on the status of women in the community and worldwide. O’Connor is a member of the National Honors Society, La Salle’s Student Life Leadership Class, and Student Service Coordinator. She participated in two service trips through the Yakama Nation Service Immersion program and was selected for the 2014 Rochester Service Immersion in Rochester, New York. She is a four-year varsity soccer player, which earned her the Co-League MVP and is a leader for girls’ soccer camps. She is an eight-year piano student, member of the Washington State Music Teachers Association, and piano teacher to younger students.  She has organized biannual community recitals. She was a two-year Chair of the Sophomore Retreat Committee, Class Vice President, and Co-chair of the Tolo Dance Committee, as well as a member of the Prom and Homecoming Dance Committees. Lily plans to double major in Biology and Education to become a high school science teacher. She lives in Yakima.

 


Erica DeMond - 2013 Young Women in Public Affairs Scholarship Recipient

The Zonta Club of Yakima Valley has chosen Erica DeMond as their 2013 Young Women in Public Affairs scholarship recipient.  Ms. DeMond is a senior at A.C.Davis High School and will be awarded $2,000 towards her education.  She was selected on her leadership role, her student and community services and her views on the status of women in our community and worldwide.

Erica is President of her class and is a member of the National Honor Society at Davis High School as well as in the International Baccalaureate program that is only offered at Davis High School.

Erica has been the head coordinator for the last two years of the Youthworks' Mr. Davis Pageant who works through the Memorial Foundation to raise money for the Children's Village and Yakima Memorial Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  She also serves as tutor in the library's after school tutoring program, working to help those struggling students complete class work in their second language.   For the last three summers she has volunteered as a tennis instructor through the Yakima Parks and Recreation tennis program to provide tennis lessons for kids and teens who come from modest backgrounds learn the game of tennis.

Ms. DeMond plans on attending a four year university to study economics and hopes to give back to the community that originally inspired her.

Erica and her parents, Brad and Miyuki reside in Selah.

Funds for this scholarship were raised by the Zonta members with generous donations from the Yakima community at our annual fundraiser - the Zonta Dinner Theatre on March 2, 2013.


Felisa Gonzalez - 2012 Young Women in Public Affairs Scholarship Recipient

Felisa GonzalezThe Zonta Club of Yakima Valley has chosen Felisa Gonzalez as their Young Women in Public Affairs Scholarship recipient for 2012.  Ms. Gonzalez is a senior at La Salle High School.  She was selected based on her leadership role, her student and community service and her views on the status of women in our country and worldwide. 

Felisa is President of her class, as well as the National Honor Society at La Salle.  She represented her school for the Lasallian Convocation on the Rights of the Child at the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, in New York City.  While there, she visited the U.N. headquarters and met ambassadors from around the world.

Felisa served on the Yakima Valley Community Foundation Youth Advisory Board during 2010-2011.  That group consisted of 12 high school students who were charged with distributing $50,000 in grant money to non-profit organizations in need.

Ms. Gonzalez plans on attending a four year university to study International Relations and Contemporary World Issues.  She aspires to work with children through UNICEF.

Felisa and her parents, Maria and Jose Gonzalez, reside in Wapato.


List of YWPA Scholarship Recipients

The following young women from Yakima Valley high schools received the Zonta Status of Women in Public Affairs scholarship in recent years:

Recipient
Year
High School
Amount
Shannon St. Lawrence
1996
Davis
$500
Kristin Simms
1997
Davis
$500
Stephanie Larson
1998
Highland
$500
Carissa Hauck
1999
West Valley
$1,000
Emily Garrigues
2000
Naches
$1,000
Monica Beireis
2001
Naches
$1,000
Rachel Howie
2002
Selah
$1,000
Julie Jewett
2003
Highland
$1,000
Tara Trepanier
2004
Selah
$1,500
Hannah King
2005
Naches
$2,000
Emily Fairbrook
2006
Eisenhower
$2,000
Kathryn Moffatt
2007
Zillah
$2,000
Hannah Clauson
2008
Davis
$2,000
Sarah Lee
2009
Selah
$2,000
Megan Kinney
2010
Eisenhower
$2,000
Christine Kim
2011
Sunnyside
$2,000
Felisa Gonzalez
2012
La Salle
$2,000
Erica DeMond
2013
Davis
$2,000
Lily O'Connor
2014
LaSalle
$2,000
Samantha Valdez
2015
Davis
$2,000
Mariana Renteria Hernandez
2016
Eisenhower
$2,000
McKenna Kappenman
2017
Davis
$2,000

 

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