Distinguished Young Women OF Maryland

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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Lily Peng
Distinguished Young Woman of Maryland for 2024
State Program Information

Now accepting Applications: Class of 2025 Program

Deadline to Apply is January 1 of your junior year

Program to be held at:
Frederick Community College-JBK Theater
7932 Opossumtown Pike
Frederick, MD 21702

The program is always held the last week in July

$10 Adults
*$5 K-12 grade

*Free to any K-12 who bring a donation of unopened Pet Food or feminine Hygiene products for our local shelters

Click to view Class of 2024 Virtual Program Book

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 Maryland

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Lily Peng
University PreferenceHarvard
Career GoalInternational Law

2024 Distinguished Young Woman of Maryland

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Lily Peng

University Preference

Career Goal
International Law

2024 Coke Scholar: <0.2% of 103,000+ selected for service and leadershipWorld Champion of the International Public Policy Forum Debate CompetitionRanked #1 Debater Nationally on the widely used NSDPF system as a FreshmanFinalist for the USA Debate Team out of 140,000+ eligible applicants2024 Maryland Young Women Leaders Award, recognized by Governor2nd Place International Florida Keys Music Competition at Carnegie Hall2 Official Citations of Recognition from the Maryland General Assembly3x President’s Volunteer Service Award, 2022 Gold, 2021 Gold, 2020 Silver4x National Carson Scholar for leadership, service, academic excellenceHoward County Human Rights Commission’s Student Award, Sole Awardee

Debate Captain leading largest US team w/ workshop, office hour, newsletterMock Trial Captain, Lawyer Director, and Head Lawyer; State Co-ChampionJudicial Intern at Howard County Circuit Court conducting research AAPI Youth Ambassadors Program: trained in political lobbying and testimonyOne of the sole student Speakers for MD Business Roundtable for Education Published article in the American School Board Journal about representationPresident of the Maryland Youth Speakers Toastmasters Public Speaking ClubFuture Business Leaders of America Client Service (2nd Place Nationals)Howard County Youth Orchestra Violist, one of premier MD youth orchestrasDancer, former rhythmic gymnast and member of school’s Varsity POMs team

Co-founder of Project Lotus, Asian American youth advocacy org. with 13 chapters internationally First and sole Corresponding Secretary and Student Commissioner of Howard County AAPI CommissionPresident, HoCo Chinese School SGA, led volunteer events where students logged 2,600+ service hoursCo-Founder Gen-Z Career Path Seminars reaching 1,600+ youth across US w/ free seminars about careersStudent Ambassador for Law Days of Summer Program, lead 200+ students in analyzing live court

2024 State Participants

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Grace Adeboyejo
University PreferenceUniversity of Maryland College Park; Spelman College; Princeton University
Career GoalCybersecurity/Tech Attorney
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Zena Brantuo
University PreferenceStanford, Harvard, Rice
Career GoalDermatologist, Philanthropist
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Christian Brown
University PreferenceIvy League
Career GoalCriminal Defense Attorney/Political Figure
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Genna Bucklew
CityWhite Plains
University PreferenceUniversity of Maryland
Career GoalCia Agent
TalentInline Figure Skating
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Natalie Duvall
University PreferenceHood College, small college
Career GoalTravel With Sand Tray Therapy
TalentCello Playing
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Chidalu Emy-Munonye
University PreferenceEmory
Career GoalProject Manager In Biotech
TalentSpoken Word / Poetry
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Priyanka Gupta
University PreferencePrinceton University
Career GoalSoftware Engineer
TalentBollywood Dance
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Kira Hubler
CityLa Plata
University PreferenceUniversity of Maryland
Career GoalSupreme Court Justice
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Kennedi Jones
University PreferenceNew York University, Columbia University or Johns Hopkins University
Career GoalComputer Science
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Sophia Lennon
University Preference
Career Goal
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Neha Nair
University PreferenceMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Career GoalTheoretical Astrophysicist
TalentPiano Performance
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Sanaa Nayeem
University PreferenceDartmouth
Career GoalLinguistics
TalentChinese Poem/Passage
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Nithya Sai Parepally
CityEllicott City
University PreferenceUniversity of Maryland, College Park
Career GoalAerospace Engineering/Robotics
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Marissa Italia Pasko
University Preference
Career GoalCareer In Pediatric Health Care
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Lily Peng
University PreferenceHarvard
Career GoalInternational Law
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Emily Schueftan
University PreferenceUniversity of Maryland
Career GoalMedical Field Doctor
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Shloka Tambat
University PreferenceUSNA
Career GoalBiology
TalentPublic Speaking
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Isabella Vasquez
University PreferenceGeorgetown University, University of Cambridge, Hood College
Career GoalCriminal Lawyer, Corporate Lawyer, International Relations, Political Science
TalentSinging With An Instrument
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