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In a ceremony to be held on Wednesday Sept. 21, Kristina Pontious, received the Zonta Club of Houston 2011 Jane M. Klausman Scholarship award and the District 10 award. Pontious is currently a senior in the Mays Business School of Professional Accounting at Texas A&M University where she will earn a BBA in Accounting and Business Honors, as well as a MS in Marketing in 2012. Winning this award also puts her in the running for the international level award for Zonta International. 

Pontious, a Katy, TX native, has been an active member and scholar in the Business Honors program since 2007, and she is on the Professional Accounting Advisory Council.  In addition, Pontious has been the recipient of several scholarships, including one from the prestigious organization of the American Society of Woman Accountants and one from the National Society of Accountants.  She is currently a National Society of Collegiate Scholars member, and she was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2008 and 2009.  Pontious holds a 4.0 grade point average at Texas A&M.

Apart from studying, Pontious has held leadership positions in various volunteer organizations and five years ago, started her own company: Homemade Pies for the Holidays, which offers a variety of pies delivered to your door. As Pontious says, she “discovered the power of marketing” while serving as Recruitment Chair for Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority and as Outreach Coordinator for Gilbert Leadership Conference.  In both leadership positions, she was responsible for projecting a positive image of the organization in order to motivate the target audience to join.  She has also planned fundraisers, in both positions, which successfully increased the fundraising 200 percent from the previous year.  Pontious has interned with PricewaterhouseCoopers where she hopes to continue her career after graduation.

This scholarship award is being given to Pontoius by the Zonta Club of Houston, an organization committed to advancing the status of women throughout the world. The Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship offers financial aid to women undergraduate and graduate students preparing for careers in business and business management.

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