Key West Zonta Club Seeks Applicants for Martina Thurmond Scholarship

Scholarship Program Awards Women Advancing Their Careers

Key West, FL – July 9, 2015 – The Zonta Club of Key West has opened the application period for the Martina Thurmond Ongoing Education Scholarship. The $1,500 award will be provided to a woman at least 30 years of age enrolled as a new or existing student at Florida Keys Community College, for use to advance her current career or make a career change. Applications must be received by August 7, 2015, and are now available on the club’s website.

The scholarship’s namesake, Martina Thurmond, is a long time Keys businesswoman and founding member of the Key West Zonta Club. For nearly 60 years, she and her family owned and operated the 8-acre Southern Keys Cemetery on Big Coppitt Key. Since 1982, she operated it solely along with the family’s monument company, until 2012 when she sold the business and retired … at age 92.

“Martina is both a pioneer career woman and role model, as well as an active, respected member of Zonta in South Florida,” said 2015-16 Key West club President, Lisa Benfield. “It was our honor to lend her name to this scholarship when it was founded in 2014,” added Zonta Treasurer and Scholarship Committee Chair, Cyndi Chatman.

The Marina Thurmond Ongoing Education Scholarship was designed to award local women reentering the workforce or changing professions, who choose to study at FKCC. More information and the scholarship application form are available on the Zonta Key West website at

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