Distinguished Young Women OF Illinois

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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Juliana Cogswell
Distinguished Young Woman of Illinois for 2023
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Class of 2024 Program

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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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2023 Distinguished Young Woman of Illinois

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Juliana Cogswell
FromTinley Park
University PreferenceBoston College
Career GoalNurse and Advocate

2023 Distinguished Young Woman of Illinois

Photo of Juliana Cogswell
Juliana Cogswell
Tinley Park

University Preference
Boston College

Career Goal
Nurse and Advocate

2021, 2022, 2023 All-Conference Competitive DancerAP Scholar with DistinctionHigh Honor Roll RecipientIllinois Seal of Biliteracy Recipient for SpanishIllinois State ScholarMath Honor Society MemberNational Honor Society MemberScience Honor Society MemberSocial Science Honor Society MemberSpanish Honor Society Member

BabysitterCompetitive dancer with studioFounder and author of blog discussing the politics of American healthHigh School Varsity Poms/Dance CaptainTutor Liaison for in-school Spanish tutoring sessions

Activities leader for local community theatreChoreographer for musicals at Hilda Walker Intermediate SchoolLeader of high school dance team tryoutsWorker for high school athletic boosters food booth

2024 State Participants

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