Zonta Club dedicates new scholarship fund to aviator Amelia Earhart

— PATRICIA CALVERT

Special to The Banner

The year 2009 marks the beginning of another first for the Zonta Club of Bonita Springs — establishing the Amelia Earhart Scholarship Program to benefit young women in Lee and Collier Counties pursuing a college degree in mathematics, science, or business.

Amelia Earhart, who blazed a trail for women in aeronautics and science, was also one of the first pioneers of Zonta International. She is regarded worldwide as the organization’s most famous member. Earhart, the first woman to fly solo over the Pacific Ocean, exemplified the ideals of Zonta membership by urging women to take on nontraditional career paths.

The local Zonta Club, under the leadership of Trish Leonard, president, is dedicated to improving the status and welfare of women locally as well as globally. The club’s first-year effort includes a multi-tiered sponsor drive, an inaugural luncheon/fundraiser on April 8 at Roy’s Restaurant at the Promenade, and a collaborative search with local guidance counselors and high schools to identify and nominate young women eligible for the first scholarship.

Sponsorship levels for the scholarship fund range from $2,500 for a founding sponsor to $1,500 at the pilot level down to $150 for the flight attendant level. Sponsors, to date, include TLC Consulting; Chef Bonnie Lowrey, Food From the Heart Personal Chef Service; Melissa Martin Keel; Linda Murphy, Prudential Florida Realty; Shelly Gentile, Nancy Near, Marjorie Rubacky, and Fran Luessenhop.

Tickets for the luncheon at Roy’s, scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., are $65 each. Entertainment will include an Amelia Earhart impersonator.

To become an inaugural sponsor of the Scholarship Fund or to attend the premiere luncheon, please contact Linda H. Murphy at 216-0844 or e-mail lindarealtravel@aol.com.

Additional information on the new Scholarship Program, sponsorship opportunities, and the scholarship application are available on the Zonta Club of Bonita Springs’ website: www.ZontaBonitaSprings.org.

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