BOULDER, Colorado – (October 12, 2022) The Zonta Foothills Foundation introduces the Bev Sears Climate Action Scholarship for women attending the University of Colorado Boulder and pursuing studies in climate-related fields. This scholarship is intended to support these women to become leaders who will sustain the planet for future generations.
What is the Zonta Foothills Foundation Bev Sears Climate Action (BSCA) Scholarship?
The Bev Sears Climate Action Scholarship is an annual scholarship sponsored by the Zonta Foothills Foundation and the Zonta Foothills Club of Boulder County. It is offered to women* attending the University of Colorado, Boulder who are pursuing undergraduate degrees in engineering, environmental-related studies, natural resources, conservation, climate sciences, and any other subject areas impacting climate action. The winner(s) will receive up to $2,000 annually.
Why was this Scholarship created?
Around the world climate change disproportionately impacts women, posing increased social disruption and extreme risk to gender equality. In response, Zonta International is building a practical framework of initiatives designed to slow down climate change through Zonta Says NOW to Gender Equality and Climate Action. The Bev Sears Climate Action Scholarship, demonstrates The Zonta Foothills Club of Boulder County fervent commitment to this action. We hope that it will help to ensure a gender-equal, sustainable world by educating women, advocating for women’s rights, and inspiring women leaders and reversing the trend of women being underrepresented in the scientific, technical and climate sciences arena.
Who is Bev Sears?
A member of the Zonta Foothills Club of Boulder County for almost 40 years, Bev Sears is an environmentalist who works passionately to serve her community and her world. This scholarship honors her commitment to community service as an elected member of the Boulder City Council and to our planet as the Council representative to the National League of Cities and its Energy, Environment, and Natural Resource Committee. Through our partnership with the University of Colorado, this award also recognizes Bev’s career with the University of Colorado Foundation at CU’s Graduate School where she worked to build a broad range of scholarship programs.
Who Is Eligible?
Women* attending the University of Colorado Boulder in at least the third year of undergraduate studies are eligible. The scholarship will be awarded to women who are applying their passion through both their studies and their actions. Applicants should be engaging in community action or strategies that will protect the environment and mitigate climate change.
What is The Zonta Foothills Club of Boulder County?
An all-volunteer organization, Zonta Foothills Club of Boulder County has supported women and girls in Boulder County since 1982. Best known for their Zonta EducateZ project, which supports under resourced women and girls with scholarships, they support the Boulder Valley Schools, Community Food Share, the Milagros Scholarship, Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA), Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA), Community Food Share, Sister Carmen, and others through service, advocacy, scholarships, and other support. The Foothills Club has awarded more than $80,000 in educational scholarships to women since 2010 and provided more than 50,000 books to Boulder families through free libraries. They mentor high school and college-aged women through their Z Club programs. The Zonta Foothills Foundation carries out the charitable purposes of The Zonta Foothills Club of Boulder County which is part of Zonta International.
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*Anyone who identifies as a woman sometimes or always, regardless of the gender assigned at birth.