Zonta Club of Melbourne Awards 2015 Scholarships
By Space Coast Daily // August 26, 2015
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Zonta Club of Melbourne has awarded two scholarships as parts of its mission to support efforts that advance the status of women.
Natalie Croitoru of Cocoa Beach, 2015 graduate of Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High, received $1,500 as the Young Women in Public Affairs Award winner. She plans to study business marketing and management at Rice University in Houston.
Croitoru has been active in student government and hopes to find learning opportunities in city government, as well as the classroom. A long-range goal is to open medical clinics in Colombia, her father’s home country.
The YWPA scholarship seeks to recognize and encourage a commitment in public affairs and volunteerism with the objective of gaining better representation for women in leadership worldwide.
Lili Moots of Cape Canaveral received $1,000 as this year’s winner of the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship.
Moots is a graduate of University of Central Florida in industrial engineering and is studying at UCF for a master’s degree in the same field. She has been part of the Lockheed Martin College Work Experience Program since 2012.
As part of her application, she explained how industrial engineering and business converge. She cited Apple Inc., Northwest Airlines, Burger King, Walmart, United Parcel Service and Chrysler as among “just a few of the businesses with current or former CEOs that are industrial engineers.”
She added: “Ultimately, I want to add my name to the list of industrial engineers that are CEOs and start a nonprofit organization to help entrepreneurs in under developed areas start, operate and grow businesses in technical fields.”
Winners of the Klausman Scholarship at the club level are eligible for additional awards at higher levels of Zonta International.
Zonta Club of Melbourne, a part of Zonta International, was charted in 1983 as an organization of professionals working to advance the status of women. Local efforts include supporting nonprofits that assist women, awarding scholarships and serving as leaders in the fight as human trafficking.
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