Adele Schenk of Godfrey receives her 2015 Zonta International Zonta Club of Alton-Wood River District No. 6 Young Women in Public Affairs Award.
ALTON — Adele Schenk of Godfrey was named the recipient of the 2015 Zonta International Zonta Club of Alton-Wood River District No. 6 Young Women in Public Affairs Award.
The goal of the Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs award program is to encourage more young women to participate in public affairs by recognizing a young woman’s commitment to the volunteer sector, evidence of volunteer leadership achievements and a dedication to the advancement to the status of women.
Applicants are asked to reflect on their voluntary commitment to their school and their community and the problems limiting the advancement of the status of women in their own county and worldwide. The program looks to the young women of today for the leaders of tomorrow.
Schenk was named the award recipient because of her academic excellence, her volunteerism, and her interest and exposure to nation and international government. She intends to pursue international relations and Spanish at Saint Louis University, with a long-term academic goal to attend law school. In Schenk’s application, she stated “changing the way people think of women’s roles in society must be the first step to fixing the greater equality problems women face in all our parts of the world.”
The Zonta Club of Alton-Wood River was chartered on April 21, 1949. Zonta International is a global service organization of executives and professionals working to advance the status of women through service and advocacy. Through these focus areas, this chapter locally supports Oasis Women’s Center, Zonta Closet at Alton Memorial Hospital Emergency Room, Madison County Child Advocacy Center, Salvation Army, School Supplies, animal shelters and local food pantries.
Zonta International, with world headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill., is a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. The Young Women in Public Affairs Award is one of many programs for women and girls sponsored by Zonta International. The award is funded by voluntary contributions to the Zonta International Foundation YWPA fund.
Applications for the 2016 award will be available from local high school guidance counselors in January 2016. Applicants of age 16 to 19 on April 1 each year, living in a Zonta district/region, or a citizen of a Zonta country at the time of application, are eligible to apply.