Zonta International was founded in the United States as the first female service organization in 1919. The first German club was established in Hamburg in 1931. The name Zonta is borrowed from the symbol language of the Sioux indians and means to behave with integrity and discretion. The foundresses chose it as a standard for their own behaviour.
Worldwide there are more than 1200 clubs in 63 countries with more than 30000 members who act independently of confession, partisanship and ideology.
Zonta puts special emphasis on diversity by mixing professions, talents, generations and different socializations.

Zonta International seeks to advance the status of women worldwide by improving the legal, political and economic status of women through service and advocacy.
Beside the charitable commitment and international understanding a main objective of Zonta International is the professional support of young women. For this purpose, scholarships and prizes are awarded worldwide. Zonta Bochum also awards the Young Women in Public Affairs Award, which focusses on socially engaged pupils and trainees between 16-19 years.


The Faculty of Management and Economics of the Ruhr-University Bochum and Zonta Bochum e.V. will award for the first time the ZONTS-WIWI-Prize for the outstanding social commitment of a female graduate of the Bachelor degree programme in the winter semester 2014/15.The prize is endowed with 500 euros.

Your application is welcome, if

• Your academic achievements place in the top third among the female Bachelor graduates of the Ruhr-University`s Faculty of Management and Economics
• You are enrolled in one of the Faculty of Management and Economics Master degree programmes
• You have shown or actually show voluntary commitment during your studies, you are in community service activities or committed to international understanding.
• Then perhaps you are one of the future award winners. Describe us your commitment! Please submit your letter of application of maximum 500 words or less, where you present your stance on the subject of “Improving the status of women worldwide”.

Share your ideas with us for measures aimed to achieve this goal. Applications should be submitted to the Dean`s Office of the Faculty of Management and Economics (wiwi-dekanat@rub.de) until 17 October 2014.

The winners are chosen by a jury of the members of the Faculty of Management and Economics and Zonta Bochum e.V. The award will be presented during the Faculty of Management and Economics graduation ceremony.