Distinguished Young Women OF Louisiana

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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Rosie Shultz
Distinguished Young Woman of Louisiana for 2023
State Program Information

Class of 2024 Program

February 24, 2024

Wonderland Performing Arts Academy
Lafayette, LA

$TBA for Finals on Feb. 24, 2024 and Time TBA


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 Louisiana

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Rosie Shultz
University PreferenceBrown University
Career GoalEnvironmental Lawyer

2023 Distinguished Young Woman of Louisiana

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Rosie Shultz

University Preference
Brown University

Career Goal
Environmental Lawyer

U.S. Presidential Scholars NomineeScripps National Spelling Bee, 2x National CompetitorNational Merit FinalistNat'l Qualifier Public Forum Debate: Speech and Debate Association1st in State, National Competitor Intro Financial Math: FBLA1st in State Intro Business Comms.: Future Business Leaders of America2x District Student of the Year (8th and 12th)3x All State Choir: American Choral Directors and LA Music Educators Associations4th in State: Literary Rally Chemistry and You Be the Chemist 1st in Jr. Extemp Speech; 2nd in Jr. Impromptu Speech: Regional Debate

Scripps National Spelling BeeStudent Government Organization: Executive President (22-23), Junior Class President (21-22), Sophomore Class President (20-21)High School Democrats: National Committee, LA State Chair 22-23, LA Communications Director 21-22Associates Degree of General Studies: Northwestern State UniversityTheatre: 22 productions, roles including Elsa, Wicked Witch, Cat in the Hat, etcNational Speech and Debate AssociationFuture Business Leaders of America Artist-in-Training Program: Vocal PerformanceResearch: The Importance of Macroeconomic Aggregates, LA Tech and School Mental Health Policy, CU BoulderLouisiana School Ambassador (2021-2023)

ACT Tutoring (100 hrs): Helped students in the community raise ACT scoresArts Camp Volunteer: provided week-long arts instruction for 30 young campersRuston Community Theatre Youth Troupe (70 hrs): Mentored young actorsVolunteer through church: built wheelchair ramps, food drives, and music therapyWriting Center Tutor (240 hrs): Volunteer tutor for English at LSMSA

2024 State Participants

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Maria Beltran
CityBossier City
University PreferenceLoyola University or Northwestern State University
Career GoalChemistry
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Madison Book
University PreferenceNorthwestern State University- Louisiana
Career GoalDermatologist
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NaZylah Gipson
CityBaton Rouge
University PreferenceSouthern University or Spelmen University
Career GoalBecome A Real Estate Agent While Maintaining My Business, Zealous S Cents.
TalentPublic Speaking
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Yva Totchum
University PreferenceAmerican University
Career GoalEngineer, Policy Maker
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