Zonta Foothills Club of Boulder County Awards Five Young Woman in Public Affairs Awards

Boulder, Colorado (April 20, 2015): Zonta Foothills Club of Boulder County is proud to announce its 2015 Young Woman in Public Affairs award winners. This year the club has awarded $2700 in college funds to these 5 talented Boulder High School seniors:

  • Kelly Castaneda Carbajal who will completing her bachelor’s degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder she wants “to expand her volunteering by going to and under-developed area in South America” where she will teach sustainable life skills. She hopes to become a Peace Corps volunteer.
  • Estefany Longoria who hopes to have a career in hotel management. Through Zonta she explains that she “came to realize that women are important and they do have a say in this world.” She will attend Community College of Denver and Metro State University and hopes “to be a role model for my younger siblings.”
  • Perla Arellano Lopez who believes that "the best way to improve the lives of girls is through education and the best way to make this happy is through raising awareness." Perla is preparing to be a dentist which she also studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder.  She is the 2015 recipient of the Henry and Leslie Eaton Scholarship.
  • Anna Paola Ramirez was this year’s treasurer or the Boulder High School Z Club and participated in many of our service projects and activities. She explained “I value being in Zonta because it has made me realize how important it is for me to go to college and achieve my goals throughout life.” She will attend the Community College of Denver.
  • Elsy Berenice Segovia-Zauala was the President of the Boulder High School Z Club and has been a member of the club since she was a freshman. She is proud to have helped “insure that every club member has a voice in club activities and to have helped other women be leaders so they can stand out.”  Elsy will attend Colorado Mesa University.


What is the YWPA Award Program?

The goal of the Zonta International YWPA Award Program is to encourage more young women to participate in public affairs by recognizing a young woman’s commitment to the volunteer sector, evidence of volunteer leadership achievements and a dedication to the advancement of the status of women.  Applicants are asked to reflect on their voluntary commitment to their school and their community and the problems limiting the advancement of the status of women in their own country and worldwide. The Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award Program looks to the young women of today for the leaders of tomorrow.


What is The Zonta Foothills Club of Boulder County?

The Zonta Foothills Club of Boulder County is a group of advocates who believe that the power of a few make a difference for many.  To that end we focus on hands-on service projects, scholarships, advocacy and fundraising to help women in our community and internationally. Since 2001 our members have raised more than $220,000 and 12,000 volunteer hours to support community-based and international projects making a significant impact on the lives of women and girls. These funds have supported the Boulder Valley Schools Teen Parent Program, There with Care, Care Connect, Imagination Library, Boulder Reads, Attention Homes, Boulder Valley Women’s Health, Moving to End Sexual Assault, Safe Shelter of St Vrain Valley, Carriage House, and United Nations Partners in conjunction with Zonta clubs world-wide. In addition, we have endowed the Bev Hackbart Scholarship to provide tuition support for a single parent attending the University of Colorado, Boulder.  Zonta International was founded in 1919 and is dedicated to advancing the status of women worldwide. It has tens of thousands of members in more than 1,254 clubs in 67 countries.


What is Zonta EducateZ?

Zonta EducateZ initiates and supports projects that work with at risk girls who struggle to succeed because of limited English proficiency, low socio-economic status, and parents without formal schooling, lack of reading materials at home, gaps in education or recent arrival in US. EducateZ provides funds, advocacy, mentoring and other hands-on support to inspire and equip them for success. EducateZ support the Boulder Valley Schools, EFAA, Sister Carmen, Community Food Share and other Boulder area agencies to help close the achievement gap through literacy, college preparedness and basic life skills.  


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