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Business student Julie Mitchell wins Zonta Club's International Woman in Business award

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Oct 27/06

Fourth year business co-op student Julie Mitchell is the recipient of the Zonta Club’s Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship at the International level.  This is the first time the scholarship, worth US$5,000, has been won by a candidate from the local Zonta Club of Kitchener-Waterloo.

Mitchell won the local, club-level award back in April of this year, and then the district-level award in August against  winners from 43 other Zonta clubs from the Upper New York, Upper Pennsylvania and Southwestern Ontario areas.  Zonta International has over 1,200 clubs in almost 70 different countries, and the six scholarships given out at the international level also saw recipients from Nepal, Poland, Austria and two from the United States.  

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 presented to the individual who achieves the highest average of all Laurier female varsity athletes.  

Mitchell also volunteers with a number of Laurier organizations in her free time, such as Foot Patrol, LSFL (Laurier Students for Literacy) and the Business Mentorship Program.  

“I find it easy to manage my time when I stay busy,” says Mitchell, “because then I know that I do not have any time to procrastinate.”

“It was really the balance of interests that Julie displayed that made her an outstanding candidate,” says Rosemary Pell, a member of 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.”

“It is an honour to be named a recipient of this scholarship,” says Mitchell, who plans on using the money for tuition and expenses like textbooks.  “After I graduate, I plan on obtaining my CA (Chartered Accounting) designation and working in a CA firm.”

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 fields in their communities and throughout the world.  The scholarship will be offered again next year, and applications will be available in early January 2007.  Visit the Club’s website at for more details.  

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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