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Zonta Foothills Foundation

Zonta Foothils Club of Boulder County believes that every woman and girl deserves the opportunity to live a safe, healthy and empowered life. With your contribution, we invest in under resourced women, ensuring that the stay in school, remain safe from abuse and violence, and live strong and successful lives.

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The Bev Hackbart Scholarship

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Families
Parents
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

Established in 2004, this scholarship is in memory of a long-standing club member who was passionate about supporting women in education and careers. This endowed scholarship is awarded annually to assist in the education of a single parent enrolled at the University of Colorado. Funds will be earmarked for tuition, books, and other college-related expenses.

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Evidence of Program's Success

This endowed scholarship is awarded annually by the University of Colorado. Since 2004 we have had awarded 14 scholarships to single parents attending the University.

The Amelia Earhart Fellowship

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Females
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

The Amelia Earhart Fellowship was established in 1938 in honor of famed pilot and Zontian, Amelia Earhart, the Amelia Earhart Fellowship is awarded annually to women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering. The Fellowship of US$10,000 is awarded to 35 Fellows around the globe each year and since 2010 Zonta International has awarded 14 fellowships to woman enrolled at the University of Colorado Boulder.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Since 2010 Zonta International has awarded 14 fellowships to woman enrolled at the University of Colorado Boulder.

PantherZ Z Club Scholarship

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)

Description

The Z Club Scholarship was created in recognition of our PantherZ Z Club's dedication to the mission of Zonta. It was created to help Z Club members pursue post secondary education.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Since its inception in 2016, we have awarded more than $10,000 in scholarship funds to our graduating Z Club members who are continuing on to post-secondary education.

Young Women in Public Affairs Award (YWPA)

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Females

Description

The Young Women in Public Affairs Award (YWPA) was created to encourage young women's participation in public affairs. The award recognizes a commitment to the volunteer sector, evidence of volunteer leadership achievements and a dedication to the advancement of the status of women. Each year we make an award to a local high school student.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We have recognized a YWPA annually for the last 15 years, distributing more than $15.000 in awards. In 2013, our YWPA winner, America Juarez went on to receive Zonta International's second place recognition for this award.

Zonta EducateZ Scholarship

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Females
Parents
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

The Zonta EducateZ Scholarship helps women returning to or staying in school who face significant financial barriers to higher education.

The Zonta EducateZ Scholarship is awarded to a woman who:

wants to return to post secondary school,
faces significant financial barriers to attending a college, university or any accredited institution,
is committed to becoming self-sufficient through education.


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Evidence of Program's Success

We have awarded this scholarship to three women over $7000 in support since its inception in 2013. It has supported on recipient's course work at University of Colorado Denver, Front Range Community College, the CNA nursing school,and CU Denver.

PantherZ Z Cub

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Females
Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

Z clubs promote service to benefit their school, community and the world. They develop leadership skills and good character, and strive for scholastic achievement. In 2013 the Zonta Foothills Club worked with Boulder High School to build membership and in January 2013 the Boulder PantherZ was chartered and its 12 founding members inducted.

Michelle Carpenter, Boulder High Spanish teacher, the group's adviser explains our impact like this:

"The Zonta mentors encourage self-development via education by helping the PantherZ Z Club participants to see themselves and their future in a new light. Students now have someone with whom to discuss educational and career goals and dreams and to help guide them through the bewildering maze of college applications and decisions. Because of this, their school experience takes on more relevance and importance, and the idea of going to college becomes a real possibility. Together, mentors and students have worked on scholarship applications and college visits. The young ladies have a greater sense of confidence in their academic goals."

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Evidence of Program's Success

Sine 2011 we have had 100 students join our Boulder High School PanterZ ZClub. We are proud that 100% of our members have graduated from high school and 95% of them continue on to higher education. Our membership has grown to over 25 members annually The club members participate in community service activities, volunteer in their school and community and work with our Zonta mentors to prepare for college entrance, career options and general leadership skills.

Flatirons Golden Z Club

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Females
Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

Our Flatirons Golden Z club has more than 40 active members who attending The University of Colorado Boulder, Front Range Community College, University of Colorado Denver, Colorado Mesa University, and Community College of Denver. They meet once a month and work on community service projects, enjoy fellowship, mentorship and projects that help them realize international understanding. Zonta Foothills Club members support the club members with scholarship support, general college guidance and mentorship.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The Flatirons Golden Z Club grows each year as Z Club members graduate and continue the work of Zonta through our post-secondary leadership group. Like our Z Club members, the Golden Z Club women participate in service projects, receive leadership training and support in financial aid and career placement. We are proud of our four most recent club members who received their Bachelors degrees in May 2018. These graduates are all founding club members.

Free Libraries

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Families
Homeless
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Unemployed, Underemployed

Description

Books encouraged families to read together. To that end we maintain free libraries at Sister Carmen Community Center EFAA (Emergency Family Assistance Association), Safe House and Harvest of Hope Pantry, the Boulder County Court House and Arapahoe Ridge High School. Anyone could take a book, return it or keep it to start their own family library. The books are donated by organizations and individuals from throughout our community. We sort and deliver the books 12 months or the years. To date we have delivered over 75,000 free books to families in need. .

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Evidence of Program's Success

Testimonials from the various organizations we support indicate that the books are an important part of their support to families in need. We have had to increase the frequency of our deliveries because the books are in high demand throughout the county.

Zonta Says No!/ Culture of Respect

Class

Public, Society Benefit 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
Crime/Abuse Victims
Females
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

In a single day in 2011, 1,317 victims of domestic violence were served by community-based programs in Colorado.

Forty-seven percent of women in Colorado aged 18 and older (approximately 897,000 women) have experienced sexual violence other than rape in their lifetime, which is a slightly higher proportion than in the United States overall (45 percent).Colorado has the sixth highest lifetime prevalence of rape in the nation: nearly one in four women in the state (24 percent, or an estimated 451,000) has been a victim of rape.

Because of these statistics Zonta Says No is an important project for our organization. "Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women" is a Zonta International campaign to raise awareness of and increase actions to end violence against women and girls around the world. The campaign began in November 2012 to prevent and end violence against women and girls in their local communities. It highlights Zonta International's ongoing efforts to end violence against women and girls. This project includes Silent Witness displays at Boulder High Schools which tell victim's stories. We also distribute "Make the Call" Flier fliers throughout the county at, high schools, CU, Front Range Community College and public bathrooms around the community to encourage victims to reach out to Safe House or Moving to End Sexual Assault for help.

Zonta Foothills Club also supports Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Non-violence as an active member of the Creating Protective Environments Project Leadership Team.


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Evidence of Program's Success

Participation in Zonta Says No has grown over the last two years. We are partnering with organizations around the county to support this effort.

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