Zonta club a springboard

Previous Zonta Club winner Emilie Fitzgerald plans to study law.
Previous Zonta Club winner Emilie Fitzgerald plans to study law.

Past winners of the Young Women in Public Affairs Award have gone on to pursue medical and other careers that ‘give back’ to their communities.

The award, which recognises a commitment to volunteering, leadership and advancing the status of women, is open to young women aged 16 to 20, preferably in their final year of secondary study.

Applicants should be considering further study in such areas as medicine, politics, teaching, law or social welfare.

Zonta will present this year’s Kott Gunning-sponsored award at a dinner on Wednesday, July 3 at Lake Karrinyup Country Club.

Last year’s winner, Emilie Fitzgerald (17), is studying for a commerce degree in economics and quantitative methods at UWA with plans to go on and study law.

The former St Mary’s Anglican School prefect said the award inspired her to continue volunteering while at university, including Relay for Life for the WA Cancer Council.

Emilie, of City Beach, hopes to use her prize money towards overseas travel next year to help disadvantaged communities.

‘I recommend other young women to apply for the award as it is an opportunity to meet lots of people within Zonta,’ she said.

‘There is so much that can be learned from the wonderful group of women who make everything in the organisation happen.

‘I also had the opportunity to meet past winners and it was so inspiring to hear the stories they had to share.’

For award details, email secretary@zontaperthns.org.au or see www.zontaperthns.org.au.