Distinguished Young Women OF Iowa

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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Anika Yadav
Distinguished Young Woman of Iowa for 2024
State Program Information

Class of 2025 Program



$10 for Adults
$8 children 5-12
Children under 5 free

This will be an all day program for our participants.

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 senior year 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 Iowa

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Anika Yadav
University PreferenceStanford University
Career GoalEntrepreneurship, Public Policy

2024 Distinguished Young Woman of Iowa

Photo of Anika Yadav
Anika Yadav

University Preference
Stanford University

Career Goal
Entrepreneurship, Public Policy

United States Senate Youth Program Iowa DelegateHerbert Hoover Uncommon Student AwardWorld Food Prize Global Borlaug Scholar, "Zimbabwe: The Dark Water Crisis" research and policy proposalAssociation for Career and Technical Education National Region III Outstanding Business Education Student AwardNational League of American Pen WomenNational Advanced Placement ScholarYouth Leadership Award for advocacy and outstanding civic engagementIndo-American PAC Iowa 2022 Student of the YearNational Mental Health Conference "mPower Award," nominated by State Department of Health and Human ServicesScholastic Art and Writing Honorary Mention in Poetry Collection: "American Democracy: The 46th Hope"

"Girls Entrepreneurship Incubator," Board Advisor at nonprofit Pursuit of Innovation Pi515Future Business Leaders of America, 2023-2024 National North Central Region Vice President serving over 230,000+ students globallyFuture Business Leaders of America, 2022-2023 Iowa State President State of Iowa Youth Advisory Council, Education Committee Chair advocating for priorities of all 700,000+ Iowan youthIowa Youth Congress, Student Voice Committee ChairAmerican Legion Auxiliary 76th Annual Girls Nation, Majority Floor Leader and President's Council of Economic Advisers ChairAmerican Legion Auxiliary Iowa Girls State, City Mayor and Education Party Platform ChairIndo-American PAC Iowa, Board of Director and Event ModeratoruVoice Youth Philanthropy Board, Student Leadership Chair Waukee Community Schools Equity Director's Student Equity Ambassador

FIRST Lego League Youth Mentor guiding elementary and middle school students in robotics competition and building student-led community project (2020-2023)Mental Health Public Service Announcement, worked with 20+ statewide organizations to raise awareness (2021-2023)uVoice philanthropy work to support Polk County organizations' youth-centered projects with up to $10,000 grant funding (2022-2024)Everybody Wins! Iowa Student Volunteer, virtually read books and helped distribute 200+ free books to Des Moines Metropolitan Area youth (2021-2022)Indian Heritage Cultural Center Weekly volunteering and food service (2020-2022)

2024 State Participants

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Olivia Marti
University PreferenceIowa State University
Career GoalAgronomy/Agricultural Business
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Jenny Nguyen
CitySioux City
University PreferenceNYU/UCLA/SFSU
Career GoalPsychologist
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Anika Yadav
University PreferenceStanford University
Career GoalEntrepreneurship, Public Policy
TalentSpoken Word
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