Distinguished Young Women OF Shelby County

is part of a national scholarship program that promotes and rewards scholastics, leadership and talent in young women. Earn scholarships for higher education, personally develop through the DYW Life Skills Workshops, and make new friends from around the state.

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Scarlett  Swiney
Distinguished Young Woman of Shelby County for 2024
Local Program Information

NOW ACCEPTING Class of 2025 applications!
Deadline to Apply is 5/1/2024

Life-Changing Experience !
College scholarships are awarded at the state level and millions in college-granted scholarships are available nationally. The state representative will advance to the national program for the opportunity to compete for cash tuition scholarships. To participate, you must be in your junior of high school. Participants are evaluated in the areas of: scholastics, interview, talent, self-expression, and fitness.

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2024 Distinguished Young Woman of Shelby County

2024 Local Participants

These participants will take part in the up-coming local program.


2024 Distinguished Young Woman of Shelby County

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Scarlett  Swiney

University Preference
Auburn University, Vanderbilt University

Career Goal
dermatologist, accountant

1st, 2nd, and 3rd Year Academic Letterman (Top 10% of class)Crossed Swords Award- 2 time recipientCheerleading Character AwardNational Merit Commended ScholarAP Scholar with DistinctionOutstanding Sophomore Service Award for Most Service Hours (Sweetheart Guild of Birmingham)UCA Cheer All American Award Winner, UCA Jump Off Award Winner, and UCA Pin It Forward Award WinnerStudent Excellence Award (Geometry Math Team), Student Excellence Award (Treble Ensemble)Certificate of Outstanding Merit for MathFax TournamentNational Honor Society; Rho Kappa, Science, Mu Alpha Theta, Tri-M Music, & Spanish National Honor Societies

Choir (Rhapsody in Blue Show Choir, Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, & Treble Ensemble)Cheerleader (Freshman and Varsity Squads)SGA Grade Level RepresentativeSweetheart Guild of BirminghamHoover BellesStudent Ministries Leadership Team (Riverchase United Methodist Church)Diamond DollsEngineering Academy- STEM TEAMS competitionGeometry Math TeamJazz, Ballet, Gymnastics

Volunteer- Cahaba Valley Health CareVolunteer- Life Skills Trick or Treating for special needs teensVolunteer- Linus Project Volunteer- Roanld McDonald HouseVolunteer- Rise Against Hunger

2024 Local Participants

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Hannah Bradford
University PreferenceUAB University of Alabama at Birmingham
Career GoalMajor In Nursing
TalentLatin Dance
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Gabriella Hosmer
University PreferenceVanderbilt
Career GoalI Plan To Double Major In Music And Medicine On A Pre Med Track With A Minor In Spanish, In Order To Eventually Become A Rheumatologist.
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Hannah Mercer
University PreferenceSamford University
Career GoalMethodist Pastor
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Daisy Grace Middleton
University PreferenceMontevallo, Jeff State
Career GoalBecome A Teacher
TalentDance Acro
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Madeline Naumann
University PreferenceUniversity Of South Alabama, Samford, Mississippi State
Career GoalElementary School Teacher
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Isabella Ritchey
University PreferenceAuburn University
Career GoalLawyer
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Sophia Samaniego
University PreferenceBaylor University
Career GoalCardiovascular Surgeon
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Scarlett  Swiney
University PreferenceAuburn University, Vanderbilt University
Career GoalDermatologist, Accountant
TalentJazz Dance
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