The group of 30, chosen from 175 applicants worldwide, exhibited the most promise in advancing aerospace research where Zonta says women make up only 25 percent of the total workforce. Zonta encourages women to explore occupations beyond those traditionally held by females. That’s where the annual Amelia Earhart Fellowship awards are valuable to women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-applied sciences or aerospace-applied engineering. This year’s winners hail from a number of universities in the United States, such as Texas A&M University, the University of Colorado, the University of Texas, Princeton University and the University of Maryland. International winners are enrolled in schools in Germany, France, Scotland and Italy.