By Leah Coppella

Carleton University student Nguyen Ha Nhu My has won the Zonta Club of Ottawa Jane M. Klausman (JMK) Women in Business Scholarship to support her endeavours as a female entrepreneur.

Born and raised in Vietnam, Nguyen decided to attend Carleton’s Technology Innovation Management program to help her apply business skills to her technology company, a platform that connects students with vocational and hobby courses.

“I feel very lucky to be a part of this program . . . this will help me a lot in the future,” she says.

“A woman doesn’t have much advantage in this field.”

Zonta offers scholarships to empower women as professionals and academics. The (JMK) Women in Business Scholarship program helps women pursue undergraduate and master’s degrees in business management and overcome gender barriers getting from the classroom to the boardroom.

Nguyen Ha Nhu My

Nguyen Ha Nhu My

The scholarship was established in 1998 from a generous bequest by Jane M. Klausman, a member of the Zonta Club of Syracuse, N.Y., and the 1990-1995 Zonta International Parliamentarian. Zonta annually awards up to 32 scholarships of US $2,000 each at the district/region level and six international scholarships in the amount of US $8,000 each.

“I was really surprised, and I feel very honoured to get it,” says Nguyen.

“Especially as a Vietnamese student, winning a prize over many other Canadian and international candidates is huge for me.”

TIM alumna Renuka Gamage, chairperson of the scholarship committee, invited Carleton’s female TIM students to apply. Gamage became a member of the Zonta Club of Ottawa in 2013.

“Zonta scholarships enable women to have access to all resources and representation in decision-making positions on an equal basis,” Gamage says.

Nguyen wants to learn more about business environments in Canada. Thanks to Zonta, she will be nominated at the District level and if she wins, will also have an opportunity to be awarded an international scholarship.

Monday, June 17, 2019 in
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