Distinguished Young Women OF Montana

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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McKinley Murray
Distinguished Young Woman of Montana for 2023
State Program Information

Class of 2024 Program

Saturday, January 6, 2024

Carroll College FLEX Theater, Helena, MT

Application due:
Sunday, October 15, 2023

$TBA for Preliminaries on Date and Time TBA
$TBA for Finals on Date 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 senior year 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 Montana

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McKinley Murray
University PreferenceTroy University
Career GoalNursing

2023 Distinguished Young Woman of Montana

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McKinley Murray

University Preference
Troy University

Career Goal

Certified Life Guard w/ CPR/AED Certification (2021)Cross Country Team Captain (2022)Girls State Delegate - Elected Mock Trial Judge (2022)Golf Player of The Year (2021)Golf Team Captain (2021-2022)High Honor Roll (2019-2022) National Honor Society Member (2022-2023)Sports Para - Golf & Track (2021-2023)Spurs Group Leader (2021-2022)Student-Athlete H.H.R. (2019-2022)

National Honor SocietyScuba DivingSpirit ClubSpurs Inclusion ClubStudent CouncilStudent Pilot Travel NannyVarsity Cross CountryVarsity GolfVarsity Track & Field

Childrens Church @ CVC-6hr per mo: Assist lessons, mentor & teach young.Golf course maintenance-24hr: Pick up range balls, fill divots, rake, etcRoberts Run w/ Rotary-14hr: Set up, take down, assist event & running!Spruce Up @ Kiwanis Park-29hr: Re-paint fences, pick up trash & beautify park.Thanksgiving Meals w/ Kiwanis-40hr: Organize, distribute food for local families

2024 State Participants

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Lyla Ackerman
University PreferenceOregon State University, University of Denver, University of Colorado Denver
Career GoalEducation Coordinator/Teacher In Or Outside Of A Classroom
Sofia  Balius
University PreferenceUniversity of Montana
Career GoalMissing Persons Detective
TalentSinging And Guitar Playing
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Christina Dyke
University Preference
Career Goal
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