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Third year business co-op student Julie Mitchell wins the Zonta Club’s Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship

Lazaridis School of Business & Economics

Jun 19/06

Third year business co-op student Julie Mitchell is the winner of the Zonta Club’s Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship.  The scholarship, worth $400 dollars, also allows Mitchell the opportunity to move forward to a district- then international-level competition for additional scholarships, worth up to US$5,000. 

The scholarship is heavily weighted towards academic achievement, with over two thirds of the scoring looking at academic levels, references, and awards.  Mitchell, whose impressive GPA is over 11, also received glowing reports from professors and advisors, who say she “demonstrates the ability to be self-reliant,” possesses “a very positive and professional style,” and is “exceptionally talented.”

During her time at Laurier, Mitchell has played an important role on the varsity women’s hockey team, and has won a variety of awards for excelling both academically and athletically.  She was nominated for the Outstanding Women of Laurier Award, and has won the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Academic All-Canadian Achievement Award and the Ontario University Athletics Scholar-Athlete award, the latter of which is awarded to one recipient for achieving the highest average of all Laurier female varsity athletes. 

“It was really the balance of interests that Julie displayed that made her an outstanding candidate,” says Rosemary Pell, who is on the awards committee for this area’s Zonta club.  “Her passion for music, sports, volunteering and coaching verified a drive that really fit.  She’s moving forward, connecting with people, and becoming a role model.”

Mitchell was announced as the winner at a Zonta meeting last week.  Her nomination will move forth to the district level, and at the end of July will be judged against a possible 43 nominations from other clubs in this district.  If Mitchell is successful at the district level, she will compete internationally for the US$5,000 scholarship with 29 other districts from around the world.

Mitchell’s success so far has already been highly impressive, and as Pell glowingly emphasizes, “she is truly a deserving candidate.”

The Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship is open to women enrolled in an undergraduate degree in business, leading to a business management career.  The program is designed to encourage undergraduate women to enter careers and to seek leadership positions in business-related field in their communities and throughout the world.  The scholarship will be offered again next year, and applications will be available in early January 2007.

Zonta International is a Worldwide Service Organization of Executives in Business and the Professions working together to Advance the Status of Women.  Locally, the Zonta Club of Kitchener-Waterloo works to improve the quality of life for women through fundraising and charitable giving and by recognizing outstanding community members through such initiatives as scholarships, the Annual Women of Achievement and Young Women in Public Affairs Awards, and The Betty Thompson Golf Classic.


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