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Community scrapbook: Linda Magara

Posted: January 15, 2011 9:16 p.m.
Updated: January 16, 2011 4:55 a.m.

Linda Magara of the Master’s College, left, was named a winner of the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business award by the Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley. She was presented with the award by Laura Peters, right, governor of Zonta District 9.

 

Linda Magara of the Master’s College in Santa Clarita was named the 2010 Santa Clarita Valley Club and Zonta International District 9 winner of the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business award.

She was presented with the award at the club’s business meeting, held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Santa Clarita.
Magara, one of 10 young women selected by Zonta internationally, will receive $5,000.

Laura Peters, governor of Zonta District 9 recognized Magara for her achievement and awarded her an additional $1,000 from District 9.

The scholarship program seeks to influence business decisions that positively affect women by increasing the number of women in executive positions in the field of business management.

In 2009, women held only 15.2 percent of the board seats at Fortune 500 companies according to the Catalyst organization.
The scholarship program helps women pursue undergraduate and master’s degree programs in business management and overcome gender barriers from the classroom to the boardroom.

Magara, who grew up in a lower-middle-class family in Kampala, Uganda, is a senior majoring in business administration/accounting at Master’s College in Santa Clarita.

She received $1,000 from the SCV Club in May 2010 and was presented $500 from ZI District 9 in October.

In addition to maintaining a 3.98 grade point average, Magara was honored on both the President’s List and the Distinguished Award Academic Scholarship for 2009 and 2010.

Some of her volunteer activities include the Habitat for Humanity Youth Program, Noah’s Ark Babies Home serving orphans and AIDS children, and One Hope tutoring inner-city children.

Her vision is to increase the financial literacy of her country of Uganda through the development of a financial literacy center, which will build financial/English as a second language curricula to teach children, youth and adults the techniques and ethics of sound financial management. She hopes to earn a doctorate in accounting and finance.

The Zonta Club of SCV, a member of Zonta International, joins global executives and professionals in working to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy.

With more than 31,000 members in 65 countries and geographic areas, Zontians all over the world volunteer their time, talents and support to local and international service projects, as well as scholarship programs aimed at fulfilling Zonta’s mission and objectives.

Zonta International has nongovernmental organization status with the United Nations and partners with various UN entities to provide financial and technical assistance to programs that foster women’s empowerment and gender equality and promote health of women and children.

The Jane M. Klausman Scholarship program is available to women pursuing a business or business-related degree who demonstrate outstanding potential in the field. Funds may be used for tuition, books or living expenses at any university, college or institution offering accredited business courses and degrees.

SCV Club Zontians are proud of Magara, said club spokeswoman Phyllis Walker. “She personifies the ideals of Zonta. We support  her achievements and aspirations to improve the lives of women, children and other adults,” Walker said.

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