Zonta Club Announces 2017 Scholarship Winners

Kelly Emerson and Amanda Miraglia, winners of Zonta Club of Jamestown scholarships, are pictured at the Marvin House in Jamestown. Lauren Hendrick was unavailable.

The Zonta Club of Jamestown recently announced local 2017 scholarship and award winners at a special dinner.

Amanda Miraglia, Kelly Emerson and Lauren Hendrick were all recipients.

Nell Newton was a charter member of the Zonta Club of Jamestown which started Nov. 17, 1921. During her years in Zonta, Newton held a variety of offices including president of the club in 1922-23 while assisting in the formation of four new area Zonta Clubs. Upon her death, a scholarship was established at Jamestown Business College for a woman who was preparing for a career in business. Amanda Miraglia is the recipient of the 2017 Nell Newton Scholarship. Amanda will graduate from Jamestown High School and will attend Jamestown Business College where she will pursue her bachelor’s degree in marketing and management. She would like to open her own business with her mother. Amanda is member of Key Club, volunteers at St. James Church, the Salvation Army and C.C. Ring Elementary School. She has received a scholarship to JBC because of her high school grades. Amanda has also worked at Wegman’s for three years while attending high school.

The Young Women in Public Affairs Award is an award to encourage young women to pursue careers or seek leadership positions in public policy making, government, and volunteer organizations and further their education with these aims in mind. The recipient must be actively committed to volunteerism, have experience in local or student government, exhibit volunteer leadership achievements and advocate to the mission of advancing the status of women. Kelly Emerson is the recipient of the Young Women in Public Affairs Award. Kelly will graduate from Jamestown High School in June, where she has been a member of the varsity tennis team, Key Club, National Honor Society, Student Government and Ski Club. Kelly has participated in Key Leader retreats at her school and volunteered with Kallie’s Krusade, Wings Flights of Hope and the Alex Foulk Foundation. She will attend Case Western University this fall where she will study biology with hopes to get into medical school and become a child psychiatrist.

Mary Bargar gathered together a group of professional women to establish the Zonta Club of Jamestown which was chartered on November 17, 1921. She served as the club’s first co-president during 1921-1922 and also served as president during 1929-30. Bargar continued to serve in various capacities during her years with Zonta. She was educated as a teacher; however, her last professional position was as the Jamestown city clerk. Upon her death, a scholarship was established at Jamestown Community College for a woman who was attending college to become an educator. The requirements for this scholarship have changed over the years, but the intent of supporting professional women remains the same. Lauren Hendrick of Bemus Point will graduate in June from Maple Grove Junior-Senior High School. She is the recipient of the Mary Bargar Scholarship. Lauren is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council. is a class offficer, takes part in competitive cheerleading and the school musical. She received the Chautauqua Area Scholarship Program Academic Award and was the third runner-up in the program. She has received the principal’s academic achievement award and has been on the honor roll all four semesters and the JCC Dean’s list. Lauren has volunteered with Footsteps of Chautauqua County and at Heritage Green as an activities assistant. She has worked for the past three summer as a barista at Wired on Main in Bemus Point.

Zonta Club awards several $1,000 scholarships every year to local female students and women returning to school. For more information on Zonta and the mission to empower women through service and advocacy, visit ZontaJamestown.org.