History of Zonta and Pearson college

In 1977, Shirley Baker, a charter President of the Victoria Zonta Club sat on the Board of LBP College.  That year, Victoria Club hosted the District 8 Conference.  A motion was introduced that the Clubs in District 8 contribute funds to provide a scholarship to Pearson for a girl from Colombia (at that time, the international project was providing roving medical units in that country).  The motion was received with enthusiasm.  Jack Matthews, Director of the College, spoke at the closing banquet.  This motion was proposed at subsequent conferences and ratified each time.

In 1980, Sannee McFarlane was Victoria’s President and delegate to the District 8 Conference held in Yakima.  She took a Pearson student from Turkey with her, Noran Akgoren.  They both addressed the conference body.  Delegates vote unanimously to fund a scholarship each year and make this a permanent, ongoing District 8 project.  District 8 was the first District in Zonta International to have its own project.

In 1990, the District Board designated that the Scholarship should include students from the Eastern Bloc countries and to this date, the scholarship is presented to a female student from either the Eastern Bloc or Colombia.

In 1992, at the District Conference in Anchorage, a motion was passed that contributions from District 8 Clubs be divided 75% to current scholarships and 25% towards establishing a $150,000 endowment which, when reached, would sustain an annual scholarship. More recently, 100% of the funds contributed by the clubs go to the Zonta Pearson Endowment Fund.

In 1992, the District Coordinators for Pearson College have introduced various programs, including pen pals, goody packages for Halloween, Valentines, Easter, Christmas, etc., and a Bed & Breakfast program among Zontians (with revenues going to the Endowment Fund).  Additionally, tours and visits to Pearson College have been organized.

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Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific

Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific is one of thirteen United World Colleges established around the globe to increase understanding among people of the world through international education and community service.  The College is a living memory to the late Canadian Prime Minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Lester B. Pearson.

The College is located on Vancouver Island near Victoria, B.C.  Students from ages 16 to 20 participate in the two-year International Baccalaureate program for which finances are neither a ticket nor a barrier.  Students are selected on merit by a Selection Committee in countries around the world, and scholarships made available to students on a needs basis.  A full scholarship is C$80,000 over the two years.  The College strives for an enrollment of 160 students from over 80 countries.  The faculty is multilingual and multicultural.

We inspire our students to create a more peaceful and sustainable future through education

Donating to Pearson College of the Pacific

American Clubs send their cheques to District 8 Treasurer – payable to District 8; note that funds are for the Zonta Pearson Endowment Fund.  Canadian Clubs send cheques directly to Pearson College and a copy of their cheque to District 8 Treasurer.  Zontians who would like to bequeath monies to Pearson College can do so by noting this request in their wills.

For more information…
Contact Anita Mathur District 8 Pearson Coordinator at 250-592-9350 or send an e-mail.
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