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Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship

Congratulations to Kaitlin Thompson, the 2018 District 3 JMK Scholarship recipient.  Kaitlin was one of the six women awarded an International scholarship by ZI.  In mid-September, Kaitlin started a MBA program at the University of Oxford's (England) Said Business School.  She is a 2014 graduate of Villanova University where she majored in Economics and Political Science.  She was employed by PwC Public Sector prior to enrolling in the MBA program.  Kaitlin's interests are in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) which is what attracted her to the Said school.  We hope to have Kaitlin attend a District 3 event when she returns to the US upon completion of her program.  Kaitlin was sponsored by the Zonta Club of Annapolis.

Isabella Sorgi

District 3 Young Women in Public Affairs

Award Winner

Kaitlin Thompson

District 3 Jane M. Klausman

Women in Business Scholarship

Winner Award Winner

Isabella Sorgi is our 2018 Zonta District 3’s YWPA winner, sponsored by the Peconic Bay Zonta Club.  At the time of her application, Isabella was 18 years old, living in Hampton Bays, NY, a senior in Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School in Riverhead, NY.Isabella is bilingual in English and Finnish, and has dual citizenship here in the United States and in Finland.  She has been a reporter and then editor-in-chief of her high school’s award winning paper; team captain and starting pitcher on varsity softball team, earning both the MVP and Coaches’ awards; Vice President of her school chapter’s National Honor Society; inducted into the National Mathematics and Science Honor Societies. She ranked 2nd in her high school graduating class, scoring 1500 on her SAT (when many students average 1060), and is a mentor and a leader among her peers. Often visiting her family home in Imatra along the Finland-Russia border, Isabella has completed several internships in Finland. These have allowed her to explore her global interests, including volunteering in a Finnish non-profit organization named Lahden Ensi- ja Turvakoti ry. This organization addressed the refugee crisis and associated resettlement of Somali refugees into Finland. Isabella worked with and interviewed refugee mothers that had been granted asylum in Finland, gaining understanding of their desperate economic and political conditions. Isabella also interned with a major Finnish political organization, Kakkois-suomen Kokoomus, working as an assistant to the Executive Director. One of Isabella’s advanced placement teachers stated, “This is a young woman whose devotion to public affairs is clearly self-evident.” Isabella expects her career to be in international business and political science, focusing on immigration reform and those at most risk, women, mothers and children.
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Deliya Kim

InternationalAmelia Earhart

Fellowship  Winner

Deliya Kim, citizen of Kazakhstan, is our 2018 Amelia Earhart Fellow.  Deliya is studying Mechanical Engineering at LeHigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Ms. Kim’s research is inspired by the silent flight of owls. She is working toward updating conventional noise theory by exploring the phenomenon of fluid flow caused by serrations on airfoils. This work could lead to quieter aircraft and turbine blades. Geometric serrations on the edges of wings and turbine blades are known to help with noise but so far there is very little theoretical understanding of how this works or how to maximize the effects. Ms. Kim’s goal is to build a theoretical model, compute the flow distortion around the serrations, and finally validate her mathematical model experimentally. This last step requires her to travel to Australia for wind tunnel tests. Her educational and research career is truly international from the U.K. and Korea to the U.S.A. and Australia. Ms. Kim is the co-founder of the Advanced Research Group on Space Operations under the Space Generation Advisory Council (UN). She has placed 3rd in city-wide piano competitions and enjoys swing and Latin dancing.