Distinguished Young Women OF New Jersey

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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Elise Tao
Distinguished Young Woman of New Jersey for 2024
State Program Information

Class of 2024 Program

Evaluations: Saturday, February 17, 2024

Virtual Showcase Premieres Sunday, February 25, 2024

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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.


Now accepting applications for Class of 2025 and later.

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2024 Distinguished Young Woman of New Jersey

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Elise Tao
FromUpper Saddle River
University PreferenceHarvard University
Career GoalMedia Company CEO

2024 Distinguished Young Woman of New Jersey

Photo of Elise Tao
Elise Tao
Upper Saddle River

University Preference
Harvard University

Career Goal
Media Company CEO

Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Prog; Kenyon Young Writers Workshop; IA Young Writers Studio; Sch of the NY Times; Ellipsis Writing; Economics for Leaders; JCamp; NJ Girls State, County Rep/HeadPublished in Sole Magazine, The Eunoia Review, Apprentice Writer, Teen Ink, The Interlochen ReviewYoungArts Adjuncation Finalist-WritingNancy Thorp Poetry Contest Finalist; Bennington YW Awards, Virginia B. Ball CW Scholarship; Anthony Quinn Lit Arts Scholarship; Rider Univ 41st Writing Contest, Apprentice Writer-Top 5, PoetryScholastic Art & Writing: Gold Keys, Silver Keys, Hon MenRPI Medals-Math & Sci; NJ Nominee-US Senate Youth Prog; Lv 5 Hon Men-Natl Spanish ExamDisney Dreamers Acad; Cornelius Vanderbilt ScholarshipModel UN Best Delegate: Yale, Harvard China, Phillips Exeter Acad; Model UN Verbal Commendation: Columbia, DaltonCoca-Cola Scholars Semi-Finalist; GE-Reagan Scholars Semi-Finalist; Natl Merit Commended Scholar; AP Scholar w/DistinctionDECA: Districts-1st, 2nd, State Qualifier

Synthesis Publications FounderFreelance WriterArthur B. Liu/Queens Art Educ Ctr Documentary Screenwriter & Set Assistant Students Demand Action: Natl Training Team, Bergen Co Co-Lead, & AAPI affinity grp Model UN: VP & Head Delegate of TrainingMathletes & Mu Alpha Theta Math Natl Honor Soc, Pres; Natl Honor Soc; Spanish Natl Honor Soc; Sci Natl Honor Soc; Rho Kappa Soc Stud Natl Honor Soc; Bus Natl Honor SocPoetry Out Loud Club, PresSenior Girl Scout: Bronze & Silver AwardsHist & Bus Internships: Northwestern, NYU Harvard Secondary Sch Prog

UNA-USA Youth Vol & County Gov VolPeer TutorCampus Ministry VolMonterey Park Victims Fund OrganizerScholastic Art & Writing Teen Writing Marathon Facilitator

2024 State Participants

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Rachel Glantzberg
University Preference
Career GoalWomen's Health Advocate & Physician
TalentMusical Theatre
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Shreya  Patankar
University Preference
Career GoalBusiness Management
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Ammy Peralta
University PreferenceJohns Hopkins University
Career GoalSurgeon
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Keira Sohosky
University Preference
Career GoalMusic Therapist
TalentFlute Performance
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Elise Tao
CityUpper Saddle River
University PreferenceHarvard University
Career GoalMedia Company Ceo
TalentSpoken Word
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